The UC Santa Barbara men’s basketball program has signed one junior college standout and a pair of high school stars to National Letters of Intent and the trio will join the program for the 2013-14 season, head coach Bob Williams announced Wednesday.
Freshman Michael Bryson scored a career-high 29 points and UC Santa Barbara used a barrage of three-point baskets to forge a stirring comeback, turning a 38-19 first half deficit into a second half lead, but the Gauchos ultimately fell short in a 71-68 loss to the University of the Pacific in the first round of the 2013 Big West Tournament at Honda Center.
The Gauchos’ win over UC Riverside on Saturday coupled with Cal State Fullerton’s loss at Cal Poly gave UCSB the No. 7 seed in the 2013 Big West Tournament. The No. 7 seed may not sound like much, but when a tournament berth at all seemed like a lofty goal just a few weeks ago, No. 7 doesn’t sound so bad.
Sophomore forward Alan Williams was named First Team All-Big West and junior Kyle Boswell was named the league’s Sixth Man of the Year as well as Honorable Mention All-Big West, the league announced Monday.
Alan Williams (Phoenix, Ariz./North HS), the conference's leading rebounder, yanked down 14 boards in each of UC Santa Barbara two wins to secure the final Big West Men's Basketball Player of the Week award for the 2012-13 season. It was the second Player of the Week honor that he has received this season.
Alan Williams had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Kyle Boswell chipped-in 12 points, including six during the pivotal final minutes, to help UC Santa Barbara to a 56-46 win over UC Riverside on Saturday night in the final regular game for both teams.
All students who grabbed a Loco Pass this year can take advantage of free bus and ticket to each UCSB game in the 2013 Big West Basketball Tournament at Honda Center in Anaheim, Thursday, March 14 - Saturday, March 16.
Alan Williams had his 14th double-double of the season with 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead four players in double-figures as UC Santa Barbara moved closer to the No. 7 seed in next week’s Big West Tournament with a 66-50 win over visiting Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night.
The Gauchos' win at Cal State Northridge on Saturday put them in the Big West Tournament. UCSB has a one-and-a-half game lead over the Matadors and even if the teams finished tied, the Gauchos have the tiebreaker and would qualify. On Thursday night against Cal State Fullerton, Santa Barbara will take aim at the No. 7 seed, currently held by the Titans.
Alan Williams scored a career-high 32 points, had 16 rebounds, and combined with Kyle Boswell and Keegan Hornbuckle for 50 points second half points, as UC Santa Barbara won a key Big West Conference road game at Cal State Northridge on Saturday night, 83-74.
UC Santa Barbara returned two of its injured players for Thursday night’s game at Hawaii and the difference was easy to see. The only question was whether the return of Kyle Boswell and Keegan Hornbuckle would be enough.
Almost, but not quite, as the Rainbow Warriors hung on to edge the Gauchos, 70-66.
UCSB enters Thursday night's game at Hawai'i with a one-half game lead over Cal State Northridge in the race for the final Big West Tournament berth. The Gauchos are one-game ahead of the Matadors in the loss column with a 4-10 record. Northridge, which has a 4-11 record, will host Cal Poly on Thursday. The two teams will meet on Saturday night in the San Fernando Valley in a game that could determine the eighth team in the conference tournament.
UCSB will host Sacramento State in a Ramada World Wide BracketBusters game on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m. The game against the Hornets will mark the Gauchos ninth, and final, appearance in the BracktBusters series. In their first eight games, they have gone 4-4 with wins over Utah State, San Jose State, Fresno State and Montana State and losses to Detroit, Eastern Washington, Utah State and Boise State.
Dylan Royer scored 23 points and made seven three-point baskets, including five in the second half, as Cal Poly pulled away and beat visiting UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night, 67-49. Alan Williams led the Gauchos with 24 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots.
UCSB enters Saturday's game at Cal Poly with an overall record of 8-15 and a Big West Conference mark of 4-8. The Gauchos ended a five-game losing streak on Saturday, Feb. 9 when they beat Pacific, 66-53. The five-game losing streak was the longest suffered by a UCSB team since December of 2002.
UC Santa Barbara Athletics is proud promote the celebration of Black History Month. As part of the celebration, UCSBgauchos.com will revisit a series of video interviews of Gaucho African-American athletes and coaches that have been created by the UCSB Athletics Department.
Despite adding its leading scorer to an already lengthy injured list in the first half, UC Santa Barbara led from start to finish in a 66-53 win over visiting Pacific on Saturday night, ending a five-game losing streak.
Saturday's game will not only mark the final Big West regular season match-up between UC Santa Barbara and Pacific, it will also be the night that former Gaucho great Lucius Davis becomes the fifth men's basketball Legend of the 'Dome.
Corey Hawkins scored 20 points and visiting UC Davis held UC Santa Barbara to an icy 18.5% shooting from three-point range en route to a 64-56 win at the Thunderdome on Thursday night. Alan Williams had his 10th double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds for the home team.
The Feb. 9 game will not only mark the final Big West regular season match-up between UC Santa Barbara and Pacific, it will also be the night that former Gaucho great Lucius Davis becomes the fifth men’s basketball Legend of the ‘Dome
Lucius Davis, a staple of the great UC Santa Barbara teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s, will be introduced as the fifth men’s basketball Legend of the ‘Dome on Saturday, Feb. 9 when the Gauchos host Pacific at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome.
Michael Wilder’s three-point shot with 8.7 seconds to play lifted UC Irvine to a 62-60 win over visiting UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night. The Gauchos rallied from a 19-point second half deficit to take their first lead since the opening minutes before Wilder’s big shot.