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Non-Conference Home Court Win Streaks On Line For Titans, Gauchos

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Men's Basketball Release No. 4

11/29/2010

Two non-conference home court win streaks – 11 straight by Cal State Fullerton and nine in a row by UC Santa Barbara – will be tested this week when the Titans host San Diego and the Gauchos entertain Loyola Marymount.

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Darren Moore, UC Irvine
Moore is having a stellar start to his senior season at UC Irvine.  He ranks No. 5 in the Big West in scoring (17.0 ppg) and No. 8 in rebounding (6.7 rpg).  He also is tied for fifth at 50.0% (32 of 64) in field goal percentage.  Moore has accumulated two double-doubles, including a 19-point and career-high tying 12 rebound effort in a win against Navy.  He erupted for a career-high 26 points against Louisiana Tech.  Moore has recorded double figure points in five of six games for the Anteaters.

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Big West Trumps A Pair Of Power Conferences
The Big West picked up a couple of notable wins in non-conference play last week.  Long Beach State closed out the Paradise Jam Tournament in solid fashion, beating Big Ten Conference opponent Iowa, 78-72, to claim fourth place.  Cal State Northridge then knocked off Big East Conference foe DePaul, 88-66, on the second day of the Big West and ESPN-hosted 76 Classic.  The Matadors stormed to an early lead that they would not relinquish after hitting their first 10 shots of the game.

Long Beach State Faces Second Ranked Opponent
A full slate of non-conference games greets Big West teams this week.  Long Beach State travels to No. 22 Washington on Tuesday in the Big West’s lone matchup against a ranked team this week.  The 49ers fell to No. 25 San Diego State in the season opener on Nov. 13.  The game against the Huskies starts a stretch in which the 49ers play eight of their next nine games on the road.

Harden Reaches Scoring Milestone
UC Davis senior Joe Harden, a transfer from Notre Dame, needed just two-plus seasons in an Aggie uniform to score 1,000 career points.  The guard became the 17th Aggie in school history to hit the milestone after scoring 16 points and making 10 of 10 from the free throw line as UC Davis upended Seattle, 80-58, on Saturday.  Harden has 1,007 career points and ranks second among active Big West players in the category.  Aggie teammate Mark Payne is first on that list with 1,051 points.

Willard Enjoying Double-Double Rampage
Pacific senior Sam Willard recorded his fifth double-double in six games, collecting 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Tigers’ 60-49 loss to Missouri State on Tuesday.  It was the 10th career double-double for the forward, who is averaging 11.2 rebounds per game to lead the Big West.  Willard also ranks third among conference players in scoring at 17.7 points per game.  The Big West active career leader with 619 rebounds, Willard now ranks No. 15 all-time at Pacific.  He also has accounted for nearly 30 percent of the Tiger scoring this so far this season.

UC Santa Barbara Picked To Win 2010-11 Title
A 23-member media voting panel gave UC Santa Barbara the nod to win the 2010-11 Big West men’s basketball regular season title.  The Gauchos, which won the conference’s regular season and tournament championships last season, received 20 first-place votes and 204 points.  The Gauchos feature the return of 2009-10 Big West Player of the Year Orlando Johnson, who led the league in scoring at 18.0 points per game.  Long Beach State captured two first-place vote and 180 points for second place.  Earning 161 points and the remaining first-place vote was Pacific.  The Tigers are coming off of a 23-12 season and a run to the championship game of the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Tournament.  UC Davis earned 126 points for fourth place and Cal Poly was fifth with 96.  Rounding out the poll was UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside.

Honda Center New Home Of Tournament
Honda Center last November announced a five-year partnership with the Big West Conference to host its annual men’s and women’s post-season basketball tournament beginning in 2011.  Each year the winner of the three-day single-elimination playoff receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Big West and Honda Center have teamed up for “March Madness” and “The Road To The Final Four” on numerous occasions including men’s basketball regionals in 1998, 2001 and 2003 and first and second round action in 2008.  In addition, the Big West and Honda Center was selected as host of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball West Regional.

The Big West Tournament is the oldest NCAA Division I post-season basketball tournament in the west, dating back to 1976 when the conference was known as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association.

All-session tickets for the 2011 Big West Tournament may be purchased at hondacenter.com.  For more information, please call (714) 704-2500 or email bigwesttournament@hondacenter.com.  Courtside (first 4 rows) all-session tickets cost $144 apiece.  All other all-session tickets cost $64 apiece.

Non-Conference Home Court Streaks On Line
Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara put a couple of lengthy non-conference home court winning streaks to the test this week.  The Titans have won 11 straight games at home against non-conference foes dating to 2007.  Their last loss in Titan Gym to a non-league foe was against Wright State on Dec. 22, 2007.  CSF has won 30 of its last 31 non-conference home games.  The Titans host San Diego on Saturday looking to extend the streak.  UC Santa Barbara has won nine straight non-league contests in The Thunderdome.  The Gauchos hope to lengthen the streak to double digits on Wednesday against Loyola Marymount.

Martin Making Noise For Highlanders
UC Riverside junior Phil Martin registered his second 20-point outing in the last three games, scoring 27 points on 11 of 16 shooting in the Highlanders’ 80-77 setback at San Jose State on Sunday.  Martin scored UCR’s first seven points, nine of its first 12 and 11 of its first 17.  Over his last four games, the guard is averaging 20.5 points per game and shooting 72.7% (32 of 44) from the field.

Perfect Ten
Junior Will Donahue posted exactly 10 rebounds for the fourth time in five games when he grabbed that number of caroms in Cal Poly’s 71-67 loss to Sacramento State on Saturday.

One-Two Punch
UC Santa Barbara juniors Orlando Johnson (24.6 ppg) and James Nunnally (18.0) - the top two scorers in the Big West - have accounted for 213 of the team’s 327 points, or 65 percent of the total offense.

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