Dec. 29, 2010
Friday, December 31, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara vs. Fresno Pacific
at UCSB's Thunderdome
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: NewsPress.com
Game available on Gametracker
Tickets Available For All Home Games
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here. The Intercollegiate Athletics Ticket Office has two parking spaces adjacent to the building and is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., making it easier than ever for fans to purchase tickets. The two parking spots, designated specifically for the Ticket Office, are also available during weekday hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Big West +1 Ticket Plan
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On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 1290 KZSB and will stream live online at UCSBgauchos.com and NewsPress.com. Gerry Fall is in his seventh year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford and Santa Barbara News-Press legend Mark Patton handle the color commentary.
UC Santa Barbara enters its game against Fresno Pacific with an overall record of 6-5 and a Big West mark of 0-1. On Tuesday the Gauchos dropped a 71-55 decision to Long Beach State in the Big West opener for both teams. Still, they have won four of their last six games. UCSB returns to Big West play on Thursday, Jan. 6 when it travels to UC Davis.
Gauchos Go Ice Cold In Loss To Long Beach State
UCSB shot just 33.3% overall and 22.7% from three-point range in its 71-55 loss to Long Beach on Tuesday night. Both figures equaled the Gauchos' worst performances of the year. Previously, they recorded the same percentages in a Nov. 13 loss to North Dakota State. Orlando Johnson led Santa Barbara with 14 points and nine rebounds, but he was just 5-of-16 from the field and 2-of-6 from beyond the three-point line. Justin Joyner and Greg Somogyi each added a season-high nine points while Jon Pastorek had five points, six rebounds and a season-high five assists. James Nunnally, who entered the game as the leading scorer in the Big West, was held in single-digits for the first time this season. Nunnally had the worst shooting game of his career as he went 1-for-11 from the field and 1-for-8 from three-point range. Long Beach was led by Larry Anderson who had 25 points and eight rebounds. Anderson, playing his first game since breaking a bone in his left hand on Nov. 30, missed his first shot and then made nine in a row to end the game. As a team, the 49ers shot 49.0% overall, but they made 58.3% in the decisive second half.
Probable Starters - Quick Fact
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Has started the last six games but played just eight minutes vs. Long Beach State.
G 20 Will Brew - Played just 14 minutes vs. Long Beach State, his second lowest total of the year.
G 33 Orlando Johnson - Has scored 10 or more points in 41 straight games, a school record.
F 21 James Nunnally - Has made his last 27 consecutive free throws and is shooting 92.4% from the line.
C 55 Greg Somogyi - Averaged 6.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in the last three games.
Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
F 0 Jaimé Serna - Despite nursing a sore groin, he played 18 minutes and had eight points vs. Long Beach State.
G 3 Jordan Weiner - Scored just one point vs. Long Beach Stae, his lowest total in seven games.
G 11 Justin Joyner - Made 4-of-6 shots and had nine points against Long Beach State, his highest total since 2007-08 season.
G 24 Christian Peterson - Scored his first basket of the season on Dec. 21 against Cal Baptist.
F 25 Lucas Devenny - Made his second start of the year in Tuesday's game against Long Beach State.
F 32 Jon Pastorek - Had probably his best all-around game of the season vs. Long Beach with five points, six rebounds, four assists.
G 43 Troy Leaf - After playing season-high 23 minutes on Dec. 21 vs. Cal Baptist, logged just three vs. Long Beach State.
Home Sweet Home
Home may not feel quite as sweet right now as it did before Tuesday night's loss to Long Beach State, but it is still a pretty good place for the Gauchos to be. The defeat to the 49ers ended UCSB's 11-game Thunderdone winning streak. It was also the Gauchos first home loss against a Big West opponent since Jan. 29, 2009 when they lost 72-70 to Cal State Northridge. Santa Barbara had won 13 straight home games against league foes. Despite the loss to Long Beach, UCSB has still won 20 of its last 23 home games. Sweet.
Win Over Ranked Rebels Was The First In A While
UCSB's win at UNLV on Dec. 15 was the program's first victory over a ranked opponent since January of 1993. The victory over the Rebels was also the first road win over a ranked team since early-January of 1988 when the Gauchos defeated, you guessed it, UNLV. The next game, against then 10th-ranked San Diego State, was the highest ranked opponent that the Gauchos have played since hosting top-ranked North Carolina at the Thunderdome on Nov. 21, 2008.
The Bob Williams File
Bob Williams is in his 13th season as head coach at UCSB. He enters the game against Fresno Pacific with a Gaucho record of 205-161 (.561). Williams is in his 23rd season as a coach at four-year schools. He coached two seasons at Menlo College (31-24) and eight seasons at UC Davis (158-76). Overall, he has posted a record of 394-261 (.601). Williams has guided the Gauchos to four Big West regular season titles, two Big West Tournament championships, two NCAA Tournaments and two National Invitation Tournaments. He is a three-time Big West Coach of the Year and he has also been named District Coach of the Year. Williams was named Big West Coach of the Year in 2010 after guiding the Gauchos to the Big West's regular season and tournament titles.
Nunnally/Johnson Still Rank 1-2
Despite their collective shooting woes on Tuesday night, James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson continue to rank 1-2 in the Big West Conference in scoring. Nunnally's average dipped from 20.2 points per game to 19.0 after he went for just seven against the 49ers, but that still puts him at the top of the league scoring race. Johnson is at 18.3 per game. Last year, Johnson won the Big West scoring title at 18.0 points per game.
Johnson's Double-Figure Streak Continues
Orlando Johnson has scored in double-figures 41 times in his 41 games as a Gaucho. It is the longest streak of consecutive double-figure scoring in school history. Last year, Johnson became just the second UCSB player on record to score in double-figures in every game over an entire season. Previously, only Raymond Tutt (1996-97) had done so.
On Nov. 20, Orlando Johnson scored 35 points in a home win over Fresno State. James Nunnally scored 34 points in UCSB's Dec. 4 win at Santa Clara and when he did so, it marked the first time since the 2001-02 season that two Gauchos have scored 30 or more points in a game in the same season. In 2001-02, Adama Ndiaye had a 31-point game in a win an Cal Poly and Mark Hull poured in 32 in UCSB's NCAA Tournament game against Arizona.
As Long As They're Free, We'll Take A Bunch
UCSB has been outstanding at the free throw line in 2010-11. Although they have only made 19-of-29 (65.5%) in the last two games, the Gauchos are still shooting 78.6% overall. In 2009-10, free throws were an issue for them. As a team, they hit just 68.1% for the season and they made 80.0% or better on just two occasions. Through 11 games this year, UCSB has made 80.0% or better seven times. In fact, Santa Barbara leads the Big West in free throw percentage. James Nunnally has been the Gauchos' best free throw shooter this season. He has made 61-of-66, 92.4%.
Although he was playing with a sore groin on Tuesday, Jaimé Serna had eight points in 18 minutes against Long Beach State. Serna, who had missed the Dec. 21 game against Cal Baptist, is now third on the team at 8.0 points per game. In his last four appearances, he has averaged 10.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while making 16-of-25 shots from the field, 64.0%. Over that same span he has gone 9-of-11 from the free throw line, 81.8%. Serna leads the team in field goal percentage at 55.4% and since he missed all seven of his shots in a Nov. 13 game against North Dakota State, he has gone 28-of-44, 63.6%. On Dec. 4, in a win at Santa Clara, he recorded the first double-double of his career when he had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Serna also had a caerer-high five blocked shots in the win over the Broncos.
Somogyi Picks Up The Pace
Not unlike Jaimé Serna, center Greg Somogyi is starting to emerge as well. On Tuesday against Long Beach State, the 7-foot-3 Somogyi made 4-of-6 shots and finished with a season-high nine points and five rebounds in just 16 minutes. In his last three games, the native of Budapest has averaged 6.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while making 9-of-18 field goal attempts, 50.0%. Somogyi also continues to lead the team and the Big West with 22 blocked shots, an average of 2.0 per game. He enters the game against Fresno Pacific with 97 career blocked shots and needs just three more to become the fifth player in school history to hit the 100 block mark. His next target on UCSB's all-time blocked shot list is Glenn Turner who finished his career with 107.
Joyner Joins The Party
To say that Justin Joyner has had his physical struggles the last few years would be an understatement. Even while he was the regular starter at the point from 2006-08, Joyner battled wrist issues. He had surgery to repair his right wrist and missed the entire 2008-09 season. He returned last year only to severely sprain his ankle during the preseason. The injury would sideline him before the season and then for a period in the middle of the season. Joyner was never at full strength in 2009-10. This year, he missed two games and a couple of weeks of practice after injuring his hip in practice. In four games since returning, however, he has been at his best. While he is averaging 2.9 points and 2.1 assists per game on the year, Joyner has averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game in the last four. He had eight points, making all three of his field goal attempts and both of his three-poiint attempts, in the Gauchos' Dec. 15 win at UNLV. On Tuesday, he was 4-of-6 from the floor, made one three-pointer, and scored a season-high nine points. The points were the most he had scored since the 2007-08 season. In the last four games, he has made 9-of-13 shots overall, 69.2%, and 5-of-8 from three-point range, 62.5%. Finally, Joyner now has 262 career assists, 10th all-time. He needs 11 to move into ninth on the school's all-time list.
He'll Take A Pastorek
Jon Pastorek was a bright spot for the Gauchos in Tuesday's loss to Long Beach State. The senior made both of his field goal attempts, including a three-pointer that just beat the halftime buzzer, to finish with five points. He also had six rebounds and season-highs of four assists and two steals. In his last two games, Pastorek has averaged 19.5 minutes and in that time, he has made 5-of-7 shots overall, 71.4%, and both of his three-point attempts. He also has seven assists in his last two games, the most of any Gaucho over that span.
Williams Approaches Three Other Milestones
Head coach Bob Williams, who is his 13th season at UCSB, reached one milestone in the season opener - he became the third coach in school history to hit the 200 win mark - and he is continuing to pursue three others. With 205 career wins, Williams is tied with Willie Wilton for second on UCSB's all-time list. He needs six wins to hit the 400 victory plateau for his overall career. Finally, he needs 18 victories to move past Jerry Pimm (222) and become UCSB's all-time leader in coaching wins.
On The Horizon
Following the game against Fresno Pacific, UCSB will get back into Big West Conference play in a big way. The Gauchos travel to UC Davis on Thursday, Jan. 6 and to Pacific on Saturday, Jan. 8. Both games will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. Santa Barbara returns home the following weekend to host UC Irvine on Thursday, Jan. 13 and UC Riverside on Saturday, Jan. 15.