SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Freshman Taran Brown had 17 points, sophomore Alan Williams added 12 and five blocked shots, and the University of San Diego made just 3-of-27 shots in the second half as UC Santa Barbara cruised to a 57-39 home win on Wednesday night.
The Toreros (3-3) shot just 38.5% in the first half, and it got worse in the final 20 minutes. Not only did they make just 11.1% of their shots, they missed all 11 of their three-point attempts and scored a mere 11 points. The Gauchos (2-2) meanwhile held a 34-28 lead at halftime and saw it grow to the final margin of 18 despite 12 second half turnovers.
"They obviously missed some shots, but I thought we had something to do with that," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "That (USD) is a very good shooting team, especially from outside, and we really did a good job of closing out and staying with their shooters most of the game."
Guard Johnny Dee, who came into the game shooting 50.0% from outside the three-point arc, made just 2-of-9 and finished with eight points. No Torero player scored in double-figures.
Brown and Williams, who have been the Gauchos' two leading scorers in the last three games, each battled foul trouble in the first half. They scored 20 of their combined 29 points in the second half. The duo also tied for team-high honors in rebounds with eight apiece.
"I was very happy with our effort on the glass in the second half," Williams said. "I think we were outrebounded 21-12 in the first half and to finish with more rebounds than San Diego was huge."
In addition to eight rebounds apiece from Brown and Williams, the Gauchos got a career-high seven, to go with eight points, from freshman Michael Bryson. They finished with a 36-35 rebound edge.
The Gauchos jumped out of the gates in the second half with a 7-0 run, to push a six-point lead to 13, 41-28. Williams scored on a lay-up and a 15-foot bank shot and Kyle Boswell made a three-pointer from the corner before San Diego stopped the run on a pair of free throws by Ken Rancifer and a mid-range jumper by Dee.
Another 6-0 UCSB run pushed the lead back to 15, 47-32 with 11:02 left, and it never dipped below 13 the rest of the way.
The Gauchos finished the game at 46.0% from the field, although they made just 4-of-17 three-point attempts. San Diego finished at 24.5% overall from the floor, making 13-of-53 shots overall and 3-of-19 from three-point range.
The Gauchos return to action on Saturday, Nov. 24 when they travel to Boise State for a game that will tip-off at 1:00 p.m. (PST). It can be heard live on AM 1290 KZSB and at UCSBgauchos.com. UCSB returns home to host Wyoming on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome.
Season tickets for both the men's and women's teams are still available from the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here for men's season tickets and here for women's season tickets. Also, for the nest two seasons, the season tickets commemorate 35 years of the Thunderdome and the tickets will reflect that. This year, the commemorative tickets will celebrate some of the greatest players to ever play in the storied arena and next year the greatest moments will be remembered.