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Nine Games On Schedule In Light Week Of Men's Hoops

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Men's Basketball Release No. 5

12/6/2010

A thin schedule of men's basketball games is on tap this week as teams take time off for finals.  Long Beach State continues a season-long seven-game roadtrip with a meeting at former conference foe Utah State and a date at North Carolina.

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T.J. Robinson, Long Beach State
Robinson is poised to become the 18th player in Long Beach State to score 1,000 points for a career.  The junior forward stands at 967 career points and needs 33 more to accomplish the feat.  Robinson has recorded six straight double-doubles, including an 11-point, 10-rebound performance in a 69-66 win at Boise State on Sunday.  Robinson is tied for the Big West lead in double-doubles with Pacific’s Sam Willard.  In addition, Robinson’s 613 rebounds already puts him No. 6 on the school’s career list.

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Finals Week Equals Light Schedule
Several Big West schools are taking finals this week, which means only nine games are on tap.  Six of the nine are on the road, including Long Beach State trips to Utah State and North Carolina.  The latter game will be televised on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (PST) on Fox Sports Net South.  Two other games will appear on the tube as Cal State Fullerton’s matchup at Arizona on Wednesday will tip at 5:30 p.m. on Fox College Sports, while Cal Poly’s visit to UCLA will air on Prime Ticket at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The Titans continue their road trip with a game at Portland State on Sunday.  UC Riverside travels to Pac-10 foe Stanford for a Sunday battle too.  The lone home game against a Division I opponent this week is on Friday when UC Irvine welcomes Wyoming.

Williams Has Contract Extended Through 2015-16
UC Santa Barbara and head coach Bob Williams agreed on an extension for the 13th year mentor to lead the program through the 2015-16 season.  Williams, a three-time Big West Coach of the Year, signed the extension on Wednesday.  He led the Gauchos to the 2010 Big West regular season and tournament championships, and with a 203-159 (.561) record, has the highest winning percentage of any coach in UCSB history.

Moore Posts Career Night For ‘Eaters
UC Irvine senior Darren Moore is stepping up his production especially with leading scorer Eric Wise sidelined the past five games with a hip injury.  The guard tallied a career-high 30 points on a perfect 9-of-9 shooting in UCI’s 90-82 road victory versus San Diego on Wednesday.  Moore also hit on all three of his three-point attempts and added 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.  Moore ranks No. 4 in the Big West in scoring (18.0 ppg) and No. 6 in rebounding (6.9 rpg).  He has also connected at a 57.0% (45 of 79) clip, the second-best field goal percentage in the conference.

Big West Success Against West Coast
The Big West is 6-5 against teams from the rival West Coast Conference so far for the 2010-11 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.

Titans, Gauchos Extend Home Court Streaks

Cal State Fullerton won its 12th straight home game against a non-conference opponent when it topped San Diego 90-76 on Saturday.  It also marked the 31st win in the last 32 tries at Titan Gym against a non-league foe.  CSF’s next game will be on Saturday, December 18 against Occidental.  Meanwhile, UC Santa Barbara captured its 10th straight win at The Thunderdome against a non-league foe, defeating Loyola Marymount last Wednesday.  The Gauchos have enjoyed an impressive run at home against both conference and non-conference opponents, winning 19 of their last 21 games since 2008.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.  UCSB next plays at home on Tuesday, December 21 against Cal Baptist.

Daniel On Roll
Cal State Northridge senior Lenny Daniel is averaging 22.3 points in his last four games, and after a slow start to the 2010-11 season, he now ranks No. 11 in the Big West in scoring (14.3 ppg).  The forward also has collected eight or more rebounds in each of his last six games.

O’Brien Wins It At Buzzer For Cal Poly
Sophomore guard Chris O’Brien, a transfer from San Francisco, is paying dividends for Cal Poly in his first season in the green and gold.  His putback at the buzzer gave the Mustangs a dramatic 54-53 win against Hawai’i on Wednesday at Mott Gym.  After a missed three-pointer by Shawn Lewis with four seconds left and another misfire by Will Donahue with two ticks remaining, O’Brien picked up the loose ball and converted for the victory.

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