Friday, December 25, 2009

UCSB bows out to ASU 69 - 42

The UCSB Men's basketball team was blown out by Arizona State 69 - 42 in a game in Tempe, AZ. The Gauchos (4 - 4) were led by Orlando Johnson's 16 points, and James Nunnally's and Jon Pastorek's five rebounds.

The Sun Devils (9 - 3) were led by Rihards Kuksiks' 26 points, who shot 8 - 16 from beyond the 3-point field arc. Jamelle McMillan chipped in 16 points, and Ty Abbott added 12 points. Eric Boateng led ASU with 7 rebounds.

The Gauchos travel to Berkeley, CA to battle Furman in the Golden Bear Classic on Monday, December 28 at Haas Pavilion. Game time is 5 pm.

Box Score

UCSB loses to Montana State 76 - 64

The UCSB Men's basketball team lost to Montana State 76 - 64 at Bozeman, MT. James Nunnally led the Gauchos (4 - 3) with 13 points off the bench, followed by Orlando Johnson with 12 points. Jaime Serna led the Gauchos with 9 rebounds, while Nunnally garnered 6 boards.

Erik Rush led three Bobcats (6 - 4) in double figures with 17 points, followed by Branden Johnson and Danny Piepoli with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Johnson led with 10 rebounds, followed by Rush's 9 boards.

Box Score

Sunday, December 13, 2009

UCSB visits Montana State

The UCSB Men's basketball team will be traveling to Montana State to play the Bobcats in Bozeman, MT on Friday, December 18 at 6 pm PT. The Gauchos (4 - 2) will look to end a two-game losing streak. The Bobcats (5 - 4) are led by Bobby Howard, Erik Rush, Marquis Navarre, who average 14.2, 13.2, and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Montana State has a balanced attack as Will Bynum and Branden Johnson average 9.7 and 9.1 points per game, respectively.

The Gauchos also have trio of explosive scorers in Orlando Johnson, James Powell, and James Nunnally, who average 16.7, 11.8 , 11.2 points per game, respectively. Each has scored 20 or more points in a game so far this season. Johnson also leads the Gauchos with 7.0 rebounds, while Jaime Serna and James Nunnally average 4.3 and 4.0 rebounds, respectively.

Each team has a common opponent in the University of San Francisco Dons. The Bobcats defeated the Dons 70 - 66 in a road contest, while the Gauchos beat the Dons 76 - 65 at home in the Thunderdome.

Look for Justin Joyner to see increased playing time as he recovers from a sprained ankle, and more minutes from true freshman Chris Brew as he adjusts to Div. 1 college basketball.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

UCSB signee Kyle Boswell

UCSB men's basketball 2010 signee Kyle Boswell has started his senior season right where he left off last year. The Edison High standout from Huntington Beach, CA is averaging 21.5 points per game, leading his team to a 1 - 1 record. The 6'2" sharpshooter is considered one of the purest shooters on the west coast.

We will continue to follow his progress throughout the season.

UCSB Signee Troy Leaf

UCSB Men's basketball 2010 signee Troy Leaf is having an outstanding senior season for Foothills Christian High in El Cajon, CA. Leaf is averaging 30.3 points a game while leading Foothills Christian to a 3 - 0 record so far. The 6'2" combination guard is also averaging 7.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.

We will be following his progress throughout the season.

Monday, December 7, 2009

SDSU downs UCSB 69 - 61

The San Diego State Aztecs defeated the UCSB Men's basketball team 69 - 61 at the Thunderdome, handing the Gauchos (4 - 2) their second consecutive home loss. The Aztecs (6 - 2) used a stingy defense to open up a 21 - 9 lead in the first half, a lead they never relinquished despite leading only 28 - 26 at halftime.

James Powell kept the Gauchos in the game, scoring 20 points, including six 3-point shots. Chris Brew had his second straight productive game after his redshirt was pulled, scoring 11 points, while Orlando Johnson chipped in 10 points. Will Brew had five rebounds to lead the Gauchos, and tied for the team lead with three assists with Justin Joyner.

Tyrone Shelley led four Aztecs in double figures with 17 points, followed by Malcolm Thomas with 15, and Kawhi Leonard and DJ Gay with 13 each. Leonard and Shelley also had nine and eight rebounds, respectively.

The Gauchos travel to Bozeman, MT to play a road game against Montana State on December 18.

Box Score

Thursday, December 3, 2009

SCU defeats UCSB 79-68

The Santa Clara University Broncos handed the UCSB Men's basketball team their first loss of the season by a score of 79 - 68 in the Thunderdome. The Broncos (4 - 3) defense shut down the Gauchos (4 - 1) by causing 23 turnovers and limiting the Gauchos to shooting 43.1% from the field. Chris Brew led the Gauchos in scoring with 12 points while Orlando Johnson chipped in 11. Sam Phippen and Johnson led the Gauchos with seven rebounds, and Justin Joyner led the Gauchos with five assists.

Kevin Foster led the Broncos with 18 points, followed by Marc Trasolini's 15 points. Trasolini also led the Broncos with six rebounds. Raymond Cowell scored all of this 13 points in the first half, as SCU built a 42 - 29 first half lead which they never relinquished.

The San Diego State Aztecs visit the Thunderdome Saturday, December 5 at 7 pm for another nonconference game against the Gauchos.

Box Score

Monday, November 30, 2009

SCU visits UCSB at the Thunderdome

The UCSB Men's basketball team hosts the Santa Clara University Broncos Tuesday, December 1 at 7 pm in the Thunderdome. The Gauchos (4 - 0) aim to make it a trifecta against West Coast Conference teams, as they have already defeated USF and LMU.

Orlando Johnson leads the Gauchos in scoring and rebounding averaging 19.8 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. James Nunnally is averaging 14.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

The Broncos (3 - 3) are led by Kevin Foster's 20.2 points per game and Troy Payne's 8.7 rebounds per game.

SCU Game Preview

Sunday, November 29, 2009

UCSB downs LMU in a 89-84 shootout

The UCSB Men's basketball team defeated Loyola Marymount University 89 - 84 in a high-scoring game at Gersten Pavilion. James Powell led a balanced Gaucho (4 - 0) attack with 21 points, making 5-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc. Powell also snared six rebounds, dished out four assists, and had two steals. Other Gauchos in double figures were Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally with 16 points each, Sam Phippen with 14, and Jaime Serna with 12.

Johnson led the Gauchos with eight rebounds, followed by Nunnally's seven, and six each by Serna and Powell. Serna, Powell, and Paul Roemer each had four assists.

The Lions (2 - 5) were led by Drew Viney's 25 points and 20 points. But the Gauchos out-rebounded the Lions by a 39 - 26 margin, and made 10-of-16 3-point shots, despite committing 21 turnovers in their first road victory.

The Gauchos return to the Thunderdome Tuesday, December 1 for another match up against a West Coast Conference foe, Santa Clara University. Game time is 7:00 pm.

Box Score

Friday, November 27, 2009

UCSB travels to battle LMU

The UCSB Men's basketball team visits Gersten Pavilion to battle the Loyola Marymount Lions in Los Angeles Saturday, November 28 at 7:30 pm. The Gauchos are led by Orlando Johnson, who is averaging 21.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. James Nunnally is averaging 13.5 points--including 20 in a win over USF last week, and Jon Pastorek averages 6.0 rebounds a game.

The Lions are led by Drew Viney, Larry Davis, and Vernon Teel. Jarred DuBois led the Lions with 17 points in a victory over USC.

LMU Game Preview

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

UCSB defeats USF 76 - 65

The UCSB Men's basketball team avenged last year's loss to University of San Francisco by defeating the Dons 76 - 65 in the Thunderdome. Orlando Johnson led the Gauchos (3 - 0) with 25 points and nine rebounds off the bench, while James Nunnally scored 20 points. Jaime Serna had seven rebounds and also chipped in 13 points. Will Brew handed out six assists to the lead the Gauchos in that category.

Dior Lowhorn led the Dons (2 - 2) with 26 points, followed by Dontae Bryant with twelve, and Kwame Vaughn with eleven.

Nunnally carried the Gauchos in the first half with 12 points, including two 3-pointers to start the game. Johnson secured the win with 19 points in the second half.

The Gauchos travel to play Loyola Marymount Saturday, November 28 at 7:30 pm.

Post-Game Interviews

Box Score

Monday, November 23, 2009

USF visiting the Thunderdome

The University of San Francisco Dons will be visiting the Thunderdome in a game against the UCSB Men's basketball team. USF enters the match up with a 2-1 record, including a lopsided loss at ASU 104-65.

The Gauchos enter with a 2-0 record, including a 66-57 win over Weber State last week in the Thunderdome. Orlando Johnson leads the Gauchos in scoring, averaging 19 points per game, and is among the team leaders in several offensive categories. Jon Pastorek, also a transferee, leads the team with 8.5 rebounds per game.

A possible bonus is the anticipated return of Justin Joyner, who has been sitting out the season-opening games due to an ankle injury. The junior point guard is a valuable floor leader both on offense and defense, and was a crucial missing piece last year when he redshirted due to a broken wrist.

USF is led by senior forward Dior Lowhorn and sophomore guard Kwame Vaughn.

USF Game Preview

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

UCSB beats Weber State 66 - 57

The UCSB Men's basketball team defeated Weber State Wildcats at the Thunderdome 66 - 57 last night at the Thunderdome. Orlando Johnson again paced the Gauchos (2 - 0) with 19 points and 10 rebounds, recording his first double-double as a Gaucho. Jon Pastorek pulled down 11 rebounds against the physical Weber State frontcourt.

The Gaucho defense limited last season's Big Sky champions to 7 - 38 shooting from behind the 3-point line. The Gauchos opened the game with a 14 - 0 run, on the strength of 7 consecutive points by Johnson. The Wildcats (1 - 1) stormed back in a second half, led by Damian Lillard, who scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the latter half. However, the comeback attempt was cut short when Paul Roemer closed out the game with 5 free throws in the final minute.

The Gauchos host the University of San Francisco Dons Monday, November 23rd at the Thunderdome at 7 pm.

Post-game Interviews

Box Score

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

UCSB hosts Weber State tonite

The UCSB Men's basketball team hosts the Weber State Wildcats tonite in the Thunderdome at 7 pm. The Gauchos are led by Orlando Johnson, who scored a game-high 19 points against Cal. State-Los Angeles last Saturday. Other probable starters include James Powell and Paul Roemer on the perimeter, and Jon Pastorek and Jaime Serna in the post.

UCSB Summary

Weber State, picking to repeat as Big Sky champions this season, beat the Gauchos 70-63 in the ESPN Brackbusters in Ogden, Utah last season. The Wildcats are led by guards Damian Lillard and Nick Hansen, center Steve Panos, and forward Kyle Bullinger.

Scouting Weber State

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

UCSB beats CSULA 85 - 57 in season opener

The UCSB Men's basketball team beat Cal. State, Los Angeles 85 - 57 in the Gauchos' regular season opener at the Thunderdome. Orlando Johnson paced the offensive attack with 19 points, shooting a perfect 7 - 7 from the field, including 1 - 1 behind the 3-point line. Veterans James Powell and Sam Phippen both added 14 points apiece--a career-high for Phippen, while Jon Pastorek chipped in 11 points.

Pastorek led the Gauchos (1 - 0) with 6 rebounds, Powell dished out 5 assists, and Jordan Weiner led the defense with 3 steals.

Despite James Nunnally, Justin Joyner, and Chris Brew not playing, the Gauchos' depth overwhelmed the Golden Eagles (0 - 1) in the second half, after UCSB had opened up a 40 - 36 halftime lead. Johnson and Powell led a 19 - 2 run to start the second half, breaking open a tight game.

Dwayne Jones led the Golden Eagles with 15 points, while Nuno Furtado had 11 rebounds.

Post-Game Interviews

Box Score

Friday, November 13, 2009

UCSB signs two players for 2010

The UCSB Men's basketball program signed two players from southern California to a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Gauchos starting in 2010.

Troy Leaf, a 6'2" guard from El Cajon, CA, averaged 26.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 3.3 steals per game for Foothills Christian High School his junior season. He is a two-time East County League Player of the Year and all-CIF San Diego Section selection, and helped his team to their third consecutive Section Division 4 Championship. Troy's ability to shoot and handle the basketball will allow him to play both guard positions for the Gauchos.

Kyle Boswell, a 6'2" shooting guard from Edison High School in Huntington Beach, CA, can bury the outside jumper with consistency, averaging 21.0 points a game during an injury-riddled junior season. After an outstanding sophomore season, he was named to the All-Sunset League First Team and Sophomore All-State First Team by Cal-Hi Sports.

According to high school scouting services, Boswell is one of the best pure shooters on the west coast, who can also create scoring opportunities for his teammates.

The Gaucho backcourt should be very solid for the next few years with Leaf and Boswell now in the fold.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cal. State-LA visits UCSB in the Thunderdome

The Cal.-State, Los Angeles Golden Eagles visit the Thunderdome this Saturday, November 14, to play the UCSB Men's basketball team in the Gauchos' regular season opener. Game time has been moved to 3:00 pm.

Jaime Serna is expected to make his season debut after missing last week's 101 - 64 exhibition win over Sonoma State due to a biceps injury. Justin Joyner will probably miss his second game until his sprained ankle fully heals.

Expected to start at point guard is Paul Roemer. The wings will be manned by James Powell and Orlando Johnson, the leading scorer in the Sonoma State game with 21 points. Either one of forwards Jon Pastorek or Greg Somogyi will start alongside Serna.

The Golden Eagles are led by Chris Fields and Dwayne Evans.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

UCSB blows out Sonoma State in exhibition opener

The UCSB Men's basketball team crushed Sonoma State 101 - 64 in a season-opening exhibition game. Orlando Johnson paced five Gauchos in double figures with 21 points, hitting all three of his 3-point field goals. Other players in double figure point totals included James Nunnally with 13, and Jon Pastorek, James Powell, and Lucas Devenny with ten each.

Powell and Devenny led the Gauchos in rebounding with six each. Other categorical statistical leaders were Jordan Weiner with six assists, Johnson with three blocked shots, and Will Brew with five steals.

The Gauchos went on a 25-2 run in the first half, breaking open a tight game up until that point against the out-manned Seawolves. By halftime, the Gauchos had opened up a lead of 53 - 28. The Seawolves were led by Sterling Arterberry and Mike Nelson with eight points each.

The depth of the Gaucho squad helped the victors in their romp, as expected starters Justin Joyner (ankle) and Jaime Serna (bicep) sat out the exhibition due to injuries. Serna is due back in action next week, while Joyner is expected to return the following week.

The regular season begins next Saturday against Cal.-State, Los Angeles at the Thunderdome, November 14 at 7 pm. Game time may change on further notice. See sidebar for ticket information.

UCSB recap

Box score

Friday, November 6, 2009

Justin Joyner out with an ankle injury

Justin Joyner, UCSB's projected starter at point guard, will have to wait a couple games before his much-anticipated return to the hardwood court. Joyner, a 6'0" redshirt junior, had to sit out last season due to a broken wrist, and his return this season was expected to relieve much of the anxieties the Gauchos had with ball-handling duties.

His assist/turnover ratio his first two seasons was one of the best among Big West Conference point guards. Without him, the Gauchos suffered more turnovers and missed his floor leadership last season.

The good news is that the ankle sprain appears to be minor, as he will only miss the Sonoma State exhibition game, and perhaps their next game against Cal. State-Los Angeles. Here's to a quick recovery for JJ!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Gauchos vs. Sonoma State in season opener

The UCSB Men's basketball team opens up their season with an exhibition game against Sonoma State in the Thunderdome this Saturday, November 7 at 3 pm. The Sonoma State Seawolves are a Div. II program in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

The Seawolves are led by a pair of returnee guards, 6'2" junior Ben Washington and 6'4" senior Keith Garner, who averaged 10.9 and 7.3 points a game last year, respectively. Washington also led the team with 81 assists and 39 steals last season.

The Gauchos return a core nucleus of letterwinners, and also add a crop of newcomers expected to make an immediate impact. Experienced returnees on the perimeter include Justin Joyner (out last year with a broken wrist), James Powell, James Nunnally, Will Brew, Paul Roemer and Jordan Weiner. Freshman Chris Brew and transferee Orlando Johnson join an already deep backcourt.

Jaime Serna, Greg Somogyi, and Sam Phippen return in the frontcourt, joined by transferee Jon Pastorek and freshman Lucas Devenny.

The Gauchos appear deep this year so expect the coaches to experiment with multiple line-ups during the game. Depending on the pace of the game, walk-ons Seth Kamphoefner, Brad Lewis, Christian Peterson, and Jacob Mercer could also see minutes.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Mid-Major Poll

The released its Mid-Major Top 25 College Basketball Poll, and the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos received 69 points, good for 31st place.

See sidebar for future updates.

The Sports Network preview of the Big West

The Sports Network previews Men's basketball teams in the Big West Conference:

Monday, November 2, 2009

Gaucho preview: Greg Somogyi

Greg Somogyi enters his sophomore season as a much-improved player from last season, when he terrorized opposing shooters with his 7'8" wingspan and blocked 37 shots, while altering numerous others. The center played for his native Hungarian under-20 national team in the European Championships this past summer, improving on offense and defense. He has also added 20 pounds of muscle to his 7'3" frame by spending hours in the weight room.

Somogyi averaged 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game last year, making 54.8% of his field goal shots. However, his biggest impact was on the defensive end, as he swatted 1.2 shots a game, including a career-high 5 against an athletic San Diego State team. Somogyi also showed a knack for a making a variety of shots, including mid-range jumpers, reverse layups, and thundering dunks.

Already a solid passer, Somogyi will increase his scoring and rebounding numbers with the added strength, while continuing to patrol the paint and blocking more shots.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Gaucho preview: James Powell

James Powell ("JP") is entering his senior season as the Gauchos' leading returning scorer. The 6'2" sharpshooter averaged 9.0 per game last season, scoring in the double digits in 13 games. JP scored a season-high 22 points against USF last season, and had a career-high 25 points against UCR during the 2007-2008 season. He also made 46.7% of his 3-point field goals shots that year, setting a UCSB record.

JP also averaged 2.4 rebounds per game, and led the team in free throw percentage with 83.3% his junior year. He holds the distinction of being the returning player with the most career points in the Big West Conference, with 910. One of the most prolific 3-point shooters in Gaucho history, JP also has 179 career assists when opposing defenders focus on his outside jump shot. But shooting is JP's specialty, and with Justin Joyner returning as the point guard for the Gauchos, look for JP to have another banner year draining 3's from the perimeter.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Gaucho preview: Orlando Johnson

Orlando Johnson ("OJ") redshirted last season after transferring in from Loyola Marymount University. The 6'5" wing enjoyed a stellar freshman season at LMU, setting freshman records in both points and rebounds. Johnson averaged 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game to lead his team in both categories. He also connected on 40 3-point field goals and tied for the team lead with 12 blocked shots.

Johnson, a sophomore, will be expected to be one of the emotional team leaders as well as stuffing the stat sheets. His versatility on offense enables him to score on the perimeter as well as finish in the post. His strength, athleticism, and quickness will cause match up problems for defenders, while his length will disrupt opposing offenses at the other end of the court.

Look for OJ to post up smaller defenders in the post when playing the wing, and shooting the perimeter jumper or driving around slower defenders when playing the 4. Along with fellow sophomore James Nunnally and senior sharp-shooting James Powell, the Gauchos will have one of the most potent backcourts in the Big West.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Gaucho preview: Jon Pastorek

Jon Pastorek, a 6'10" junior forward, redshirted last season after transferring in from San Diego State. Pastorek averaged 1.9 points and 1.2 rebounds per game his sophomore season, shooting 50% from the field. He had a career-high 13 points in a game his freshman season as an Aztec.

With Jesse Byrd out for the season due to a knee injury, Pastorek will compete for one of the starting forward positions. Pastorek can step outside and hit the perimeter jumper, and is equally adept at setting up his teammates. His length and versatility will be a welcome addition to the Gaucho front court.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Gaucho preview: Lucas Devenny

Lucas Devenny is a 6'9" freshman power forward from Santa Rosa, CA. He averaged 21 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocked shots a game his senior year at Piner High. Named to the Honorable Mention All-State and Second All-Bay Area teams, Devenny led Piner to three consecutive post-season berths, and a North Bay League title last season.

Devenny had career high games of 36 points, 26 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots in high school. Known for being a solid presence in the paint, Devenny can also step out and knock down the outside jumper with accuracy. His length and strength in the post will be valuable for the Gaucho front court, as will his ability to rebound and score from the perimeter and inside.

USA Today preview of UCSB Men's basketball

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Gaucho preview: James Nunnally

James Nunnally had a stellar freshman season, averaging 7.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. But his overall season statistics are a bit misleading, as the sophomore wing really didn't come into his own until later in the season, when he scored double figures in six of the last seven games. Over the course of the season, Nunnally gradually improved, becoming acclimated to the faster pace and physical nature of Division 1 NCAA basketball.

The 6'5" Nunnally had a breakout game against the University of North Carolina Tarheels, the eventual NCAA champions. He scored 22 points and had 7 rebounds against the best team in the country, all within 26 minutes of play. Another highlight was the regular season finale against Long Beach State, when Nunnally made the winning basket--a running 3-point buzzer-beater, on his way to 20 points for the game. For the season, Nunnally made 36.1% of his 3-point shots, but made 66.7% over the last 4 games.

Nunnally has a well-rounded offensive game, with the ability to finish inside, shoot the outside jumper and find his open teammates. With improved strength, explosiveness, basketball IQ, handles, and defensive intensity, Nunnally could become one of the best perimeter players in the Big West Conference.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Gaucho preview: Will Brew

Will Brew, Jr. is entering his second season as a Gaucho with a season of starting at the point guard position under his belt. The 6'3" sophomore started 23 of 31 games last year, averaging 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, while dishing out 54 assists and stealing the ball 30 times.

As Brew gained more experience, his shooting percentages improved through conference play. His fg% was .421, while his 3-pt. fg% was an outstanding .403. Besides being forced to handle point guard duties on offense due to a season-ending injury to Justin Joyner, Brew's biggest asset is his defensive intensity. Aside from being a tenacious rebounder on the perimeter, Brew forced numerous turnovers with defensive pressure. Brew's athleticism also allows him to finish strong at the rim, while his penetration skills open up scoring opportunities for his teammates.

With Joyner back, Brew will provide experienced depth at both guard positions, giving the Gauchos lineup a lock-down defender who can create at the offensive end, and shoot the 3-point shot.

Gaucho preview: Sam Phippen

Sam Phippen will provide much needed experience at the power forward position his junior season. Phippen played in 30 games last season, averaging 2.5 points and 1.6 rebounds a game. With Jesse Byrd out for the season due to a knee injury, the 6'9" Phippen figures more prominently in the Gaucho frontcourt, and will be expected to pick up some of the void left by Byrd on the boards and on defense.

However, Phippen's greatest talent is his ability to knock down the outside jumper, an advantage for a post player, as he can draw his defender out to the perimeter. In fact, Phippen was so proficient from beyond the 3-point arc, that he led the Gauchos in 3-pt. shooting with an outstanding .563 fg percentage. The redshirt junior will be asked to play more minutes and carry more of the offensive load this season.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Gaucho preview: Justin Joyner

Justin Joyner returns as the Gauchos starting point guard after sitting out last year due to a broken wrist. The six-foot redshirt junior will again run the Gaucho offense, as he did his freshman and sophomore seasons. Joyner started all 32 games his sophomore season, averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds despite playing through that injured wrist. More importantly, he dished out 116 assists and committed only 56 turnovers, giving him an assist/turnover ratio of 2.1/1.0, among the best in the Big West Conference.

A ball hawk on defense, Joyner also had 35 steals during that 2007/2008 season. He will provide proven, experienced leadership on both sides of the ball, with increased basketball knowledge from watching the action from the sidelines all last season. Another benefit from being sidelined with an injured right wrist is that Joyner has been able to increase his dexterity with his left-hand, making him even more dangerous with penetrations and finishes.

The play-maker will be able to provide leadership while on the court, and not just from the sidelines. The only people looking forward to the upcoming season more than Joyner may be his teammates, as they know he will provide them with plenty of scoring opportunities.

Gaucho preview: Paul Roemer

Paul Roemer, a 6-foot senior guard, returns for a 4th year in the Gaucho program. The scrappy combination guard started 18 games, averaging 3.8 points and 1.9 rebounds a game last season. He was also second on the team in assists with 56 and contributed 30 steals.

In fact, that is where Roemer is at his best, usually checking the opponents' best perimeter player. Along with backcourt mate Justin Joyner, who was a high school teammate at De La Salle High School in Concord, CA, Roemer will be expected to provide senior leadership for the younger guns in the program. Whether it's handling the ball or taking a charge on defense, Roemer will lead by example as the Gauchos seek a Big West Conference title for the 2009 - 2010 season.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gaucho preview: Jordan Weiner

Jordan Weiner will continue his role as a designated 3-point shooter. The 6-foot junior averaged 3.5 points per game last season, and shot .382 from beyond the 3-point line. His 29 3-point field goals ranked second on the team, a remarkable feat considering his minutes played ranked 10th on the team.

Weiner also collected 12 steals on the defensive end. Look for the sharp-shooter to be a zone buster from the perimeter again, and scoring more 3-point buckets this season.

Gaucho preview: Chris Brew

Chris Brew is a highly-decorated true freshman from St. Mary's High in Berkeley, CA. The 6'3" guard averaged 26.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.3 steals, and 8.6 assists per game as a senior last year. As a junior, along with older brother Will Brew, Jr., Chris helped St. Mary's win the CIF championship and finish 2nd in the State tournament. Will, now a Gaucho sophomore, and Chris bring aggressive styles of play both on offense and defense.

Chris attacks the basket and finishes at the rim in traffic. Known for being extremely athletic, he excels in transition. Due to his length, he also causes havoc on the defensive end. With a developing outside jumper, Chris also needs work in the weight room to withstand the rigors of Division 1 play.

While a candidate to redshirt in order to adjust to NCAA basketball on and off the court, Chris may be too talented to redshirt, despite quality depth in the Gaucho backcourt. Whether he redshirts or not, Gaucho fans can expect plenty of excitement at the Thunderdome the next few years from both Brew brothers.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Gaucho preview: Jaime Serna

With practice starting next week, and the season a month away, it's about time to re-visit Gaucho returnees, and get acquainted with the newcomers. Up first is Jaime Serna, the 6'7" sophomore power forward / center for the Gauchos.

Serna averaged 6.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game as a true freshman last season, shooting .538 from the field, and .662 from the free throw line. Serna will be called on to play tough interior defense, and grab rebounds on both ends of the floor, especially with frontcourt mate Jesse Byrd out for the season due to a lingering knee injury. Serna will also be counted on to score more inside, expanding his repertoire of offensive moves in the post. His physical presence inside will be important for the Gauchos, as the Gauchos appear loaded on the perimeter.

Serna will probably start at one of the forward positions, which he did for the last 16 games last season. He is one of four returnees who were part of a vaunted freshman class from 2008, and if form holds true that the biggest improvement occurs between the first and second seasons, look for the Gauchos to have a much better team this season.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Byrd's Gaucho career ends

Jesse Byrd's career with the UCSB Men's basketball team has prematurely ended. A second injury to the senior center's left knee has resulted in his decision to no longer play for the Gauchos.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Gaucho season tickets on sale

The UCSB Men's basketball program is now offering tickets for the 2009-2010 season at the Thunderdome.

Also, check out the newly painted floor in the Thunderdome:

The Gauchos return a lot firepower and add a talented corps of newcomers in their pursuit of a Big West Conference championship.

Justin Joyner

With the UCSB Men's basketball season just around the corner, it's time to get re-acquainted with returnees as well as introduce ourselves to incoming players. Here is an article from the UCSB official athletics site on two-year starting point guard Justin Joyner.

Justin redshirted last year to recover from a broken wrist and he looks ready to lead the Gauchos back to a Big West title. Good luck Justin!

All-time list of NCAA basketball programs

Based on subjective criteria, the UCSB men's basketball program is ranked #142 among Division 1 programs, in a survey created by ESPN/Sagarin.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Troy Leaf verbals to UCSB basketball

Combination guard Troy Leaf from San Diego, CA gave a verbal commitment to play basketball for the UCSB Gauchos Men's team starting in 2010. The 6'2" senior from Foothill Christian High in El Cajon, CA has averaged 25.5 points per game over three years. Leaf originally committed to San Diego State after his freshman year, but de-committed last month, citing concerns of over-recruitment of guards by SDSU.

Leaf was named the All-State Junior Basketball Player of the Year last year by

Here are photos of Troy Leaf in action:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Orlando Johnson dunk

Orlando Johnson, playing in the San Francisco Summer Pro-Am league, dunks on an opponent. Hope we see more of this from the sophomore transfer in the upcoming season.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Chris Devine signs to play in Belgium

Chris Devine, former UCSB Men's basketball player, signed a professional contract to play for Voo Verviers-Pepinster in Belgium's first division league. Devine ended his career as the third-leading scorer and fifth-leading rebounder in Gaucho history.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Gaucho Summer Hoops

Several UCSB Gaucho hoopsters are playing well in various venues this summer.

Greg Somogyi, a 7'2" sophomore center, is representing his native Hungary in an under-20 age group European championship tournament.

James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson are playing in the San Francisco Pro-Am League, while Jaime Serna and James Powell are in the Rod Smith Say No Classic in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Guard Kyle Boswell verbals to UCSB

According to the Orange County Register:

Edison guard Kyle Boswell, 6-foot-1, has committed to UC Santa Barbara, Edison coach Rich Boyce confirmed today.

Boswell missed much of the 2008-09 season, his junor year, because of a back injury. He set the school single-season scoring record as a sophomore. He can sign a letter of intent with UCSB in Novemeber.

Here is ESPN's evaluation of the 2010 recruit from Huntington Beach, CA:

Apparently, the shooting guard can fill it up from the perimeter. Good luck to Kyle and welcome to the Gaucho program.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Somogyi will represent Hungary in 20-and Under European Championships

UCSB Gauchos freshman center Greg Somogyi will represent his country in the 20-and Under European basketball championships. The 7'3" Budapest native will train with the Hungarian national team this summer.

Orlando Johnson article

There is a great article on the UCSB Gauchos athletic website about Orlando Johnson, a redshirt freshman transfer from LMU. OJ had to sit out the past basketball season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will be eligible to play his upcoming sophomore season.

It chronicles the struggles he's overcome, and the great support system his two brothers have provided him. He has become one of the team leaders and a player Gaucho fans can look forward to following.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

UCSB Recruit Lucas Devenny Highlight

2009 UCSB Men's basketball incoming freshman Lucas Devenny runs the floor and dunks:

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Academic Progress Report for 2007-2008 is out

The UCSB Men's basketball program recorded a score of 872, which means they will be limited to 11.0 scholarships, instead of 13.0. They will also be limited to 16.0 hours of countable activity per week.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

UCSB Signee Chris Brew

Check out videos of Chris Brew, who signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for UCSB next season.

Friday, May 1, 2009

UCSB Basketball Banquet

According to the Santa Barbara News Press, by Mark Patton:

April 30, 2009 7:41 AM

Coach Bob Williams lined up his entire UCSB basketball team for next season, minus his two recruits, for everyone to see during Sunday's fete at the university's Corwin Pavilion.

"I've never done this in 11 years," Williams said, "and I'm only doing it now because of how excited I am about things."

And with Somogyi, there is a "We Are The World" kind of feel to this group.

The big Hungarian ranked last among UCSB's four freshmen in scoring average last year and third in rebounding . But Williams thinks the longest Gaucho may also have the longest career.

"He teased you guys all year long," he said. "He teased us. He teases everybody. But the light has gone on with him.

"The difference in him this spring has been huge in terms of his commitment to being great. His commitment to being in the weight room. His commitment to playing harder and fighting those demons that would keep him from being the best."

"When everything gets lined up, and he's stronger and 15-to-20 pounds heavier, we are all going to be asking him for tickets somewhere down the line," Williams continued. "He can play at that next level."

Other banquet observations by Williams:

On junior center Jesse Byrd, who'll be trying to keep Somogyi from shooing him out of next year's starting lineup: "When Mr. Byrd went down (with a knee injury), our season went down. And Mr. Byrd came back and played on one leg. He gave us all he had. He didn't come back healthy this year, but he is going to have a great senior year."

On junior point guard Justin Joyner, who missed the entire season as an injury redshirt: "He is going to play and be a warrior for us again next year with a broken bone in his wrist. It's held together with a screw, and he's going to compete. He doesn't want the surgery because he wants to play, heart and soul."

On Will Brew, who shared the Gauchos' most improved award with fellow freshman James Nunnally while sharing point-guard duties with "utility man" Paul Roemer: "He'd never played point guard in high school. That's like taking a guy who had never been a quarterback in football lining up behind the center. But we got better as Will got better."

On Nunnally, a 6-5 wingman who led the Gauchos in scoring in four of their last five games: "James Nunnally is all talent, and now the work ethic is starting to meet the talent. He's serious about getting better."

On his other freshman starter, 6-8 forward Jaime Serna: "He's physical, he's tough, he's quick off his feet. The reason Jaime doesn't get most improved? He came in this way."

On wing guard James Powell, who slumped badly as a junior after a record-setting sophomore season from the 3-point line: "He's going to bounce back and have a great senior year and contribute in a variety of ways for us."

On 6-9 sophomore Sam Phippen, who progressed much the way Williams hopes his Hungarian teammate will: "He was longer, bigger and stronger, and he played well during the season. It's a pivotal time for him, and he's going to step up."

On 6-5 sophomore transfer Orlando Johnson, who set several freshman records at Loyola Marymount: "Orlando is a beast. He has an NFL body in a basketball player. You're going to love Orlando. He's going to take the role that (team MVP) Chris Devine had: A guy who's going to be physically throwing his body around."

On 6-10 junior transfer Jon Pastorek, who played two seasons at San Diego State: "He came in here and his back was absolutely a mess. Now his back is healthy and he's moving and he can play. And he's very good. He might be as good a passer as anybody that we have in the program."

Next season will be decided by this off-season, Williams concluded.

It starts that early ó as early as 7:30 a.m., when the gym starts filling up with Gauchos shooting jump shots.

"I've been here for 11 years," he said, "and I can never remember having the attitudes where they are right now, the work ethic and commitment for where they are right now.

"The excitement ó you can taste it. I can taste it. And more important than that, they can taste it."

It was that kind of banquet.

Coach Williams all-Gaucho Team

The results are in for Coach Bob Williams' all-Gaucho team fan poll. In order: Mark Hull, Alex Harris, Chris Devine and Branduinn Fullove (tie), with Cecil Brown rounding out the first team. Adama Ndiaye and BJ Bunton (who was inadvertently omitted) made the honorable mention team.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Catching Up with Alex Harris

Alex Harris finished his UCSB basketball career as the Gauchos' all-time scoring leader with 1,696 points. He was chosen as the 2008 co-Big West Conference Player of the Year and played in the 2008 National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star game, an event for elite seniors. The Alameda, CA native from Notre Dame St. Joseph High School is now playing pro basketball in Poland.

The following is a brief conversation with former Gaucho Alex Harris.

GauchoHoops: Who/What convinced you to come to UCSB?

Alex Harris: Brian Shaw. When I met with Brian at his home in Oakland he explained his ideas about playing professionally and about picking a college that ultimately is the right institution academically and athletically. After taking my visit to UCSB I knew that it was that place for me.

GH: Describe your transformation from an incoming freshman into a graduating senior?

AH: From freshman year to senior year I like to think I matured from a boy into a man. Not only on the court but off the court as well. I realized that basketball was becoming more of a profession than just a passion or hobby. So I began to treat the game with the seriousness that people give to their professional careers.

GH: Who do you play for and how is the season going?

edit: Alex plays for PGE Turow in Poland.

GH: What are the differences between the US college game and the Euro pro leagues?

AH: In Europe there is less of an emphasis on athleticism and one on one play. The European style, for the most part, is to run more sets, play more patiently and in a sense out think your opponents. In college there was much more "run and gun", more pressing or trapping defenses and more one on one play in general.

GH: What are your biggest challenges with playing in Poland?

AH: The biggest challenge about playing in Poland is everything being brand new. In college I spent four years playing for the same coach, in the same league, against the same competition and for the most part with the same teammates. In Poland, every coach, city, gym, player, referee and atmosphere is completely new to me and I never know quite what to expect. I am simply learning as I go. So, really I guess the biggest challenge is just being a rookie or "freshman" all over again."

GH: What do you enjoy most about playing in Poland?

AH: I enjoy playing in front of our fans. They have the same type of passion as the Gaucho Locos. They beat drums and scream and stand up the whole game. And off the court they mob us for autographs and to explain how much they love the team. Its a lot of fun to play for them.

GH: What do you miss most living away from the States?

AH: Soul food, Freebirds, D.P., my family, Freebirds, Panda Express, Strawberry milkshakes, Cookies n cream ice cream, Alameda and Freebirds. edit: we can surmise Alex likes Freebirds. :-)

GH: Who do you still stay in touch with?

AH: I still stay in touch with my teammates from UCSB. Mostly via facebook. I also talk with Ivan Elliott and Nedim Pajevic quite often via Skype.

GH: What are your favorite moments about being a Gaucho?

AH: Road trips with the team. We always had fun. Our trip to Ole Miss for the N.I.T.

GH: What did you learn as a student/athlete while playing for UCSB and how did it prepare you for life after college?

AH: I learned how to compete. I gained a serious work ethic when it comes to achieving a goal. Mostly I learned how to handle both success and disappointment, and in life there will always be good and bad times. I think I'm prepared to deal with both.

GH: What are your future plans?

AH: I want to travel a lot. This summer hopefully I will go to Spain, Brazil and Jamaica. I want to open up a restaraunt/bar on State Street. I want to start my own summer basketball camps as well as intensive individual training for young athletes who want to play professional basketball. I want to get into venture capitalism with one of my good friends from UCSB. I want to start a charity as well as a book club because for most kids and young adults, especially from urban communities, it is no longer "cool" to be intelligent. I want to change that ridiculous perspective. I want to learn French and master my Spanish. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to try a lot of different things in the near future.

GH: Any last thoughts you can offer to Gaucho fans?

AH: I just want to tell all of the coaches and professors who worked with me at UCSB that they will always hold a special place in my heart because they really had a big impact on my life. To the fans, hopefully they already know how much I love them. They really made me want to give everything I had on the court in order to bring them a win. If people really want to keep in touch with me they can get all of my contact info on facebook or maybe we will put together an official blog or page with updates. Thanks always for your support! Al

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

CSUN ends UCSB's season 67-60

The UCSB Men's basketball season ended with a defeat to the Cal. State-Northridge Matadors 67-60 in a Big West Tournament semifinal contest. Senior Chris Devine, playing in his final game, finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds, again leading the Gauchos in both categories. Jaime Serna chipped in 12 points while fellow freshman James Nunnally added 10 points. Rodrique Mels came off the Matador bench and poured in 28 points, achieving his second career high in 2 consecutive games against the Gauchos. Tremaine Townsend dominated the action inside with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Chris Devine ended his career finishing 3rd on the all-time career scoring list with 1,608 points. Seniors DJ Posley and the injured Nick Quick also finished their careers as Gauchos in the Anaheim Convention Center. The Gauchos ended their season with an overall record of 16-15, 8-8 in Big West Conference play.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

UCSB wins quarterfinal game against CSF

The UCSB Men's basketball team defeated the Cal.-State University, Fullerton Titans 73-64 in a quarterfinal match up in the Big West Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center. James Nunnally led a balanced Gaucho attack with 15 points, followed by Chris Devine's 14 points, and Will Brew's 13 points. Devine led the Gauchos with 6 rebounds. Josh Akognon led the Titans with 23 points, stifled most of the game by a revolving cast of Gaucho defenders bent on denying him the ball. Jacques Streeter added 15 points and 6 assists for the Titans.

The Gauchos continue their quest for a Big West title with a tilt against Cal.-State University, Northridge.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Devine Wins Big West Best Hustle Award

Chris Devine of UCSB won this third Big West Best Hustle player award. The 6th year senior forward also earned the Best Hustle award in 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons, in becoming the only player to win the award 3 times.

Devine is averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 28 starts on the year, ranking third and sixth in those categories, respectively. He is shooting .524 from the field, third in the conference. Devine averages 2.3 offensive boards per game, fourth among Big West players. The native of Eagle River, Alaska ranks second on the UCSB squad with 29 steals and third with 11 blocked shots. He is fourth all-time on the Gaucho career scoring list with 1,577 points.

Nunnally wins Big West Player of the Week

UCSB Men's basketball freshman guard James Nunnally won the Big West Conference Player of the Week Award for his play against UC-Riverside and Long Beach State. Nunnally led the Gauchos to victories against the Highlanders and 49ers, respectively, averaging 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals in the two games. He shot 11-of-17 from the field, 64.7%, 6-of-9 from three-point range, 66.7%, and 7-of-8 from the free throw line, 87.5%. More importantly, he scored the winning basket with time running out, hitting a 3 point basket in defeating LBSU 76-75. He scored 15 points in the last 6:54 of the game.

Nunnally joins Chris Devine as the only UCSB players to earn the Big West Player of the Week award this season. Devine has won it two times, back-to-back weeks, on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23.

The Gauchos play in a Big West Conference Tournament quarterfinal game this Thursday, March 12 at the Anaheim Convention Center. They play in the second game of the 6:00 pm evening session. Their opponent is yet to be determined.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Chris Devine Named to All-Big West Conference Team

Chris Devine of the UCSB Men's basketball team was named to the all-Big West Conference 1st Team. Devine enters Thursday's Big West Tournament quarterfinal game as the Gauchos' leading scorer at 15.5 points per game, and leading rebounder at 6.5 per game. He is shooting 52.4% from the field and 76.9% from the free throw line. In 16 conference games, he averaged 16.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 53.2% from the floor and 77.2% from the free throw line. He was named to the all-Big West 2nd team his freshman and sophomore years, and the senior was named Honorable Mention last season.

He is fourth on the school's all-time career scoring list with 1,577 points, and is fifth all-time in rebounds with 710. He will be able to add to those totals in the Big West Conference Tournament Thursday in a quarterfinal game in Anaheim.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

UCSB Beats LBSU 76-75 to clinch 4th Seed

March Madness is here: Gauchos Beat 49ers on Nunnally's Buzzer Beater

The UCSB Men's basketball team beat the Long Beach State 49ers 76-75 on a last-second shot by James Nunnally at the Thunderdome to clinch the 4th seed in next week's Big West Conference Tournament in Anaheim. They also receive a 1st round bye in the tournament.

Nunnally, a freshman guard, hit a 3 point basket in a wild finish, when the lead changed hands twice in 10 seconds. Nunnally scored a lay up to tie the game at 73 apiece, but Will Brew, Jr. intentionally fouled the 49ers' TJ Robinson, thinking the Gauchos were down 1. Robinson calmly sank both free throws with 6.8 seconds left. Nunnally then canned the game-winning shot with time running out, igniting a mad rush by fans onto the court. The victory sent off a dramatic farewell to three Gauchos on Senior night: Chris Devine, DJ Posley, and Nick Quick, whose Gaucho career ended earlier due to a knee injury.

Nunnally led the Gauchos with 20 points, including an amazing 15 in the final 6:54. Devine added 15 points and 5 rebounds in his final home game. Posley dished out 7 assists in his final game at the Thunderdome. Stephen Gilling led the 49ers with 23 points, including 6 from behind the 3 pt. arc, and Donovan Morris chipped in 17.

The Gauchos hope to continue their winning ways, playing in the second game of the Thursday, March 12 quarterfinal evening session of the Big West Conference Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center. Their opponent is yet to be determined, based on Wednesday's preliminary round.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

UCSB Defeats UCR 66-53

The UCSB Men's basketball team put together two solid halves and defeated the UC-Riverside Highlands 66-53 in a Big West Conference game at the Thunderdome. James Nunnally once again led the Gauchos with 15 points and 4 assists, while DJ Posley contributed 11 points and 4 assists. Chris Devine led the Gauchos with 10 rebounds. Kyle Austin and Javon Borum led the Highlanders with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Up next are the visiting Long Beach State 49ers, as they invade the Thunderdome for the last Big West regular season game. The Gauchos have the ability to secure the all-important 4th seed in next week's Big West Tournament if they win that game, and if UC-Irvine defeats CSU-Fullerton Saturday evening. The Gauchos square off against the 49ers at 7 pm this Saturday.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

UCSB Squeaks by UCD 66-64

The UCSB Men's basketball team came back from a double digit deficit to beat the UC-Davis Aggies 66-64 in the Thunderdome. The Gauchos earned a split with the Aggies, after losing in Davis 89-75 earlier this season. Freshmen James Nunnally and Jaime Serna led the Gauchos with 18 and 13 points, respectively. Chris Devine led the Gauchos with 7 rebounds, and chipped in 11 points. Joe Harden led the Aggies with 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Vince Oliver added 19 points.

Up next is UC-Riverside March 5 in the Thunderdome at 7 pm.

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Cecil Brown Goes Off Again

Cecil Brown, former Gaucho now playing in the French pro basketball league LNB, just went off for 27 points and 9 rebounds to lead Brest over Saint-Vallier 81-72.

Brest's season ends in mid-May, so expect him to continue to torch the nets a few more games, as their new players adjust to each other. We all knew Cecil can shoot the 3, but his stats suggest he is taking it to the cup hard. Congratulations and keep it up Cecil! Go Gauchos!

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UCSB Falls to CSUN 62-57

The UCSB Men's basketball team lost to CSU-Northridge 62-57 in a Big West match up, once again squandering a double-digit lead in the process. Jesse Byrd is slowly working his way back into the rotation after a knee injury, and led the visiting Gauchos with 11 points, as Will Brew, Jr. added 10 points, and Chris Devine chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. The Matadors prevailed despite missing their senior backcourt duo of Deon Tresvant and Josh Jenkins. However, Rodrique Mels picked up the slack with 19 points.

UC-Davis visits the Gauchos in the Thunderdome Saturday at 7 pm.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Devine Wins Big West Player of the Week Again

UCSB Senior forward Chris Devine won his second consecutive Big West Conference Player of the Week award. Devine scored 26 points in a win against Big West foe University of Pacific, and 20 points in a non-conference overtime win over Montana State 78-71, in an ESPNU Bracket Buster game. In the two games, Devine averaged 23.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 51.5% from the floor. The 6th year senior has scored 1,534 points in his career, 4th all-time on the Gaucho scoring list.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

UCSB Defeats Montana State 78-71 in OT

The UCSB Men's basketball team defeated the Montana State Bobcats 78-71 in overtime, in an ESPNU Bracket Buster match up at the Thunderdome. Chris Devine led the Gauchos with 20 points and 7 rebounds, while James Nunnally added 14 points off the bench. Marquis Navarre led a balanced Bobcat attack with 13 points.

UCSB will make a return trip to Montana State next season.

The Gauchos return to Big West play against Cal. State-Northridge on Wednesday, February 25 in the Matadome at 7 pm.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

UCSB Defeats UOP 67-57

The UCSB Men's basketball team defeated the University of Pacific Tigers 67-57 in a Big West contest at the Thunderdome, extending their current winning streak to 3 games. Chris Devine led the Gauchos with 26 points and 8 rebounds, while James Powell followed up with 16 points. Chad Troyer led the Tigers with 11 points.

Montana State visits UCSB in a non-conference ESPNU Bracket Buster match up Saturday, February 21 at 7 pm at the Thunderdome.

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Chris Devine Named Big West Player of the Week

UCSB Gauchos Senior Forward Chris Devine was named the Big West Player of the Week. Devine scored a career-high 29 points, including the game-winning free throws in a 68-66 win over the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Mustangs last Saturday night at the Thunderdome. Devine also grabbed 5 rebounds and dished off a season-high 4 assists in the win. The native of Eagle River, Alaska is averaging 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 54.0% from the field. He ranks third in the Big West in scoring.

UCSB Edges Cal Poly SLO UCI 68-66

The UCSB Men's basketball team beat the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Mustangs 68-66 in a Big West match at the Thunderdome. Chris Devine led the Gauchos with a career-high 29 points including the game-winning free throws with 7.3 seconds left. Greg Somogyi chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. Jaime Serna and Jesse Byrd led the Gauchos with 7 rebounds apiece. Lorenzo Keeler and Chaz Thomas kept the Mustangs in contention with 17 points each.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

UCSB defeats UCI 65-56

The UCSB Men's basketball team defeated the UC-Irvine Anteaters 65-56 in a Big West match up at the Bren Center, overcoming a 10-point deficit in the process. Chris Devine led the Gauchos with 19 points, while Will Brew, Jr. chipped in 14 points. Jesse Byrd led the Gauchos with 6 rebounds, despite limited minutes as he slowly works his way back into the rotation after a knee injury. Eric Wise and Brett Lauer led the Anteaters with 23 and 17 points, respectively.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo visits the Gauchos for a Big West tussle at the Thunderdome on Saturday, February 14th at 7:00 pm.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

UCSB loses to CSF 72-65 in another 2nd half collapse

The UCSB Men's basketball team couldn't hold another 2nd half lead against the Cal. St., Fullerton, losing their second Big West contest to the Titans 72-65. Despite a 2nd consecutive double-double by Chris Devine with 20 points and 12 rebounds, the Gauchos managed to lose a 47-25 2nd half lead. Jaime Serna had a break out game, scoring a career-high 20 points and adding 8 rebounds. CSF was led by sharp-shooting guard Josh Akognon, who tallied 20 of his 29 points in the 2nd half, burying 5 - 9 shots behind the 3-pt. line.

UCSB travels to UC-Irvine for a Big West contest Saturday, February 7 at 7 pm.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

UCSB to host Montana State in ESPNU BracketBuster

UC Santa Barbara Men's basketball team will host Montana State in an ESPNU BracketBuster game. The Gauchos will play the Bobcats on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome.

UCSB's record is 8-12 overall and 2-6 in the Big West Conference. Montana State's record is 9-9 overall and 3-4 in the Big Sky Conference.

UCSB will return the trip to Bozeman, MT during the 2009-10 season, at a date to be determined.

CSUN squeaks by UCSB 72-70

The UCSB Men's basketball team barely lost to Cal. St.- Northridge 72-70 on a missed 3 point attempt by Jordan Weiner in the waning seconds of the Big West contest. Chris Devine again led the Gauchos, recording a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. James Powell broke out of his shooting slump with 14 points, including a perfect 4-4 from beyond the 3-point arc, in addition to dishing out 4 assists. Kenny Daniels led a balanced attack with 14 points, followed by Josh Jenkins, Tremaine Townsend, and Rodrigue Mels with 13 points apiece. Townsend led the Matadors with 9 boards.

Next up are the CSUF Titans in Fullerton.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

UOP defeats UCSB 58-36

The University of Pacific Tigers throttled the UCSB Men's basketball team in a low-scoring affair. No Gauchos reached double figures, as James Nunnally led the Gauchos with 9 points, while Chris Devine chipped in 8 points and 7 rebounds. Chad Troyer led the Tigers with 14 points, including 4-7 from beyond the 3 point line.

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Hot UC-Davis takes down UCSB 89-75

The hot-shooting UC-Davis Aggies ran away in the second half, overwhelming the UCSB Men's basketball team 89-75. Chris Devine turned in a herculean effort, leading the Gauchos with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Greg Somogyi had another career-high 14 points. Vince Oliver led a balanced Aggie attack with 21 points.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

UCSB takes down Cal Poly SLO 72-62 in road win

The UCSB Men's basketball team defeated the Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Mustangs 72-62 in a Big West showdown between the two Central Coast teams. DJ Posley led the Gauchos with a career-high 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Jordan Wiener also clocked in with a career-high 14 points, including 4-8 from beyond the 3-pt. line. Both bench players were joined by Greg Somogyi who also had a career-high 8 points. James Powell added 9 points while Chris Devine chipped in with 8 points and 6 rebounds. The Mustangs were led by Shawn Lewis with 16 points.

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Next up is another road game against UC-Davis on Thursday, January 22 at 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

UCSB collapses in 2nd half against CSUF

The UCSB Men's basketball team lost another double-digit lead against CSU-Fullerton 62-58 in a home game at the Thunderdome. Josh Akognon exploded for 29 points, 20 in the 2nd half to lead the Titans. James Powell led the Gauchos in a losing effort with 19 points, while Chris Devine followed up with 13 points and a team-leading 9 rebounds.

The Gauchos travel to San Luis Obispo to take on Cal Poly in another Big West matchup on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

UCSB defeats UCI 68-61 in the Thunderdome

The UCSB Men's basketball team defeated UC-Irvine for their first Big West Conference win in the Thunderdome. James Powell led the Gauchos with 19 points, followed by a career-high 18 points by Will Brew, Jr. Brew had a hot shooting night, connecting on 6-7 from the 3-point line. Brew also led the Gauchos with 5 rebounds, while DJ Posley contributed 4 assists.

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Up next are the CSU-Fullerton Titans on January 10. Game time is 7 pm at the Thunderdome. The game is being televised on Fox Sports Network, Prime Ticket.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

UC-Riverside defeats UCSB 71-69

The UCSB Men's basketball team lost to the UC-Riverside Highlanders 71-69 in a Big West matchup in Riverside. Chris Devine once again led the Gauchos with 24 points and 8 rebounds in a losing cause, while James Powell chipped in 11 points. UCSB held a 46-32 halftime lead, but once again couldn't hold it, as UCR staged a furious comeback, led by Kyle Austin and Javon Borum's 13 and 12 points, respectively.

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Gauchos lose 76-64 to LBSU in Big West opener

The UCSB Men's basketball team lost their Big West conference opener to the Long Beach State 49ers 76-64, in a game at the Pyramid in Long Beach. Chris Devine led the Gauchos with 20 points and 8 rebounds, followed by James Powell who chipped in 10 points, along with 5 assists. The Gauchos led 26-19 with 9 minutes remaining in the first half by hitting 6-7 3 point shots, but ended up squandering the lead, and trailed 36-29 at halftime. They were never able to regain the lead, as Long Beach pulled away in the second half by hitting their 3 point shots. Casper Ware led the 49ers with 21 points, including shooting 3-3 from 3-point range.

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UCSB defeats Ball State 71-51

The UCSB Men's basketball team defeated visiting Ball State in a final tune-up before the conference season starts. James Powell led a balanced Gaucho attack with 15 points, followed by Chris Devine and James Nunnally, each with 12 points. Devine and Jaime Serna led the Gauchos with 7 rebounds apiece, while Greg Somogyi paced the Gauchos with 4 blocks. Somogyi started for the injured Jesse Byrd, out 4 - 6 weeks, while Jordan Weiner and Nunnally also made their first career starts.

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