December 4, 2012

Gauchos Head South to Play No. 17 San Diego State Thursday

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• This Week
Game No. 8
Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at San Diego State Aztecs

at SDSU's Viajas Arena - San Diego, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
TV: Time Warner Cable Sportsnet

Game No. 9
Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. San Diego Christian Hawks

at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Live Stats: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video: BigWest.TV 

• Huddle Up!
The second in a series of three Gaucho Basketball Huddles is scheduled for pre-game when UCSB travels to San Diego State on Thursday.  The San Diego Huddle has been sold out, but fans wanting to attend the final huddle prior to the Dec. 18 game at Cal, are encouraged to contact Christina Baglas at Christina.Baglas@athletics.ucsb.edu 

• Single Game Tickets Available!
Single game tickets for all Gaucho men's and women's basketball games are now available and can be purchased in advance from the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here

On The Radio
All UC Santa Barbara basketball games are broadcast live in Santa Barbara on AM 1290 KZSB and will stream live online at UCSBgauchos.com and NewsPress.com. Gerry Fall is in his ninth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB star Don Ford  and Santa Barbara News-Press legend Mark Patton handle the color commentary.

Talk'n Gauchos
UCSB Athletics' weekly radio show, Talk'n Gauchos, airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1290 KZSB. The show is broadcast live from The Beachside Café, located on Goleta Beach and it features UCSB coaches and athletes.  Hosted by Gerry Fall, the voice of the Gauchos.

UCSB Travels To No. 17 San Diego State In Last Game Before Lengthy Break   
UC Santa Barbara will travel south to play at San Diego State in the last game before a break of more than a week for final exams.  Following the game, the Gauchos will be off until hosting San Diego Christian at the Thunderdome on Dec. 15.  

The UCSB Record
UCSB enters Thursday's game at No. 17 San Diego State with a record of 3-4.  The Gauchos are coming off of a thrilling 83-80 overtime win at Santa Clara on Saturday.  It was their first road win of the season and it ended a two-game losing streak.

Williams' Career Night, Boswell's Big Three Help Gauchos Beat Santa Clara In OT
Junior guard Kyle Boswell's three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to end regulation and sophomore Alan Williams' career night helped UCSB secure its first road win of the season, 83-80 over Santa Clara in overtime.  Boswell's 25-foot three from above the key tied the score at 71-71, sending the Gauchos and Broncos into overtime.  Williams, who finished with career-highs of 29 points and 17 rebounds, scored seven of his team's 12 points in the OT.  He also had 11 points and eight rebounds in the second half as UCSB overcame an 11-point deficit en route to the win.  Freshman Taran Brown, held scoreless until there was less that 4:30 to play in the game, made a trio of three-point baskets in the final 4:21 of regulation to help keep the Gauchos in the game and set the stage for Boswell's heroics.  Brown also hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds to play in the overtime to push the lead to 83-80.  He finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.  Boswell made four three-pointers and had 15 points.  Point guard T.J. Taylor had six assists and no turnovers.  As a team, UCSB shot 45.3% overall and made 11-of-25 three-point attempts, 44.0%.  Santa Clara was limited to 36.9% overall and 31.0% from three-point range.  

UCSB Games At San Diego State, Cal Added To TV Slate 
The Gauchos' games at San Diego State on Dec. 6 and Cal on Dec. 18 will both be televised and available region-wide.  The game against the Aztecs will be carried by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet and tip-off at 7:00 p.m.  The game against the Golden Bears will be aired on the Pac 12 Networks and will tip at 8:00 p.m.  UCSB will also be televised when they play at Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 29, ESPNU at 7:00 p.m.), vs. Long Beach State (Jan. 5, Fox Prime Ticket at 4:00 p.m.), at Long Beach State (Jan. 30, ESPNU at 8:00 p.m.) and possibly vs. Cal State Fullerton (Mar. 7, ESPNU at 7:00 p.m.).  The home game against the Titans is one of two from which ESPN2 will choose to televise.

Probable Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 1   Nate Garth - Was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line at Santa Clara.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Had second game of two three-point baskets in win at Santa Clara.  
F 15 Alan Williams - Only Gaucho to score in double-figures in every game.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Logged a career-high 32 minutes and made two three-pointers at Santa Clara. 
F 35 Taran Brown- Averaging 15.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in the last six games.

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Back injury has sidelined him indefinitely.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Re-sprained his left ankle as he made his first FG of the year at Santa Clara.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Made a season-high four three-point baskets at Santa Clara.
G 11 T.J. Taylor- Tied his career-high with six assists, along with no turnovers, at Santa Clara.  
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Played at the four spot for the first time this season in game at Santa Clara.
G 32  John Green - Projected starter, but broken bone in his foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Recorded his first DNP of the year at Santa Clara.
G 43  Duke DaRé - Played a season-low seven minutes at Santa Clara.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Had two points and two rebounds in season-low three minutes at Santa Clara.

The Opponents
UCSB and San Diego State have played 82 times in a series that began in 1937.  The Aztecs have a 46-36 all-time edge and have won the last six in a row, including a tough 76-75 overtime decision in the last meeting on Nov. 26, 2011 at the Thunderdome.  The last Gaucho win in the series was also their last win in San Diego and it came by a score of 80-72 in overtime on Nov. 19, 2004.  The Dec. 15 meeting will be the first ever between UCSB and San Diego Christian. 

The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 1-3 in road games this season. After losing at LSU, Illinois State and Boise State, the Gauchos traveled to Santa Clara and recorded an overtime win for their first road victory of the season.  In 2011-12 the Gauchos went 7-7 in true road games and 9-8 in all games away from home.  Santa Barbara will play 16 true road games in 2012-13.

Williams' Career Night Earns Him Big West Player Of The Week Honor
Sophomore Alan Williams had 29 points, 17 rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals to lead UCSB past Santa Clara in overtime on Saturday and for his efforts, he was named Big West Player of the Week.  Williams, who leads the Gauchos at 16.1 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game, scored seven of his 29 points in the overtime period against the Broncos.  He also played a career-high 39 minutes in the game before fouling out.  Williams became the first Gaucho player to earn Player of the Week honors this season.

The Injury Roundup 
Junior forward Keegan Hornbuckle played in his second straight game at Santa Clara, making his only field goal attempt.  That's the good news.  The bad news is that Hornbuckle re-injured his left ankle on the field goal attempt and is now doubtful for the game at San Diego State.  Freshman guard Aamahd Walker remains sidelined with a back injury.  Another freshman guard, John Green, expected to start this season, is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his foot.  

At Long Last, A Close Game! 
The Gauchos practically needed a passport and a map for their 83-80 overtime win at Santa Clara on Saturday.  Playing a close game was like entering a foreign land for a team that came in having had its first six games decided by 14 or more points.  Prior to the victory over the Broncos, the average margin of a UCSB game this season was 20.7 points.  

The Offense Wasn't As Offensive 
UCSB equaled its season-high with 43 points in the second half of its game at Santa Clara.  The Gauchos also set a season-high with 83 points in their win over the Broncos.  The offensive outburst, albeit in overtime, came on the heels of their poorest offensive game in a long while.  On Nov. 28 against Wyoming, Santa Barbara scored just 40 points and made a mere 28.6% of its shots.  The point total was the lowest in a home game since the Gauchos also scored 40 in a loss to Fresno State on Feb. 28, 1985.  The last time they scored fewer than 40 at home was also against Fresno State and it came on Jan. 21, 1982.

Free Throw Frenzy
The Gauchos went 24-for-35 from the free throw line on Saturday at Santa Clara.  Both the makes and attempts were season-highs.  They were also a far cry from the previous game against Wyoming when the Gauchos were just 2-for-3 from the line.  The three attempts were the fewest attempted since Jan. 4, 2007 when they attempted two at Long Beach State.  Finally, the 35 attempts at Santa Clara were eight more than UCSB had attempted in the three previous games and the 24 makes were six more than the three previous games. 

The "Other" Williams
Sophomore Alan Williams had the best game of his career in the Gauchos win at Santa Clara on Dec. 1.  Williams set new personal standards with 29 points and 17 rebounds.  He also set new career-highs by playing 39 minutes, making 11 free throws and attempting 15.  Williams became the first Gaucho player in more than 22 years to have at least 25 points and 15 rebounds in the same game.  The last time was on Jan. 29, 1990 when Eric McArthur had 28 points and 21 rebounds in an overtime win against Cal State Fullerton.  In addition, the 17 rebounds were the most by a UCSB player since Josh Merrill collected 18 against Westmont on Dec. 7, 1996.  Williams is the only UCSB player to score in double-figures in all seven games this season and he leads the Gauchos in scoring (16.1 points per game), rebounding (9.6 rebounds per game), blocked shots (2.57 per game), field goal percentage (50.0%), free throws (33) and free throw attempts (46).  He is also tied for the team-lead with nine steals.  Among Big West Conference leaders, Willliams is eighth in scoring, second in rebounding and he leads the way in blocked shots.  His double-double in the game at Santa Clara was his third of the season and fifth of his career.  Williams has blocked a shot in six of seven games.  In fact, he's blocked two or more in six of seven games, including a season-high five on Nov. 21 against the University of San Diego.

Taran It Up
Freshman Taran Brown picked the right time to heat up in the Gauchos' overtime win at Santa Clara.  Held scoreless with six turnovers through the first 35 minutes of the game, Brown made three three-point baskets in the final 4:21 of regulation to help send the game into overtime.  He also made a pair of free throws with just seven seconds to play in the overtime period to give UCSB some breathing room.  Brown finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot against the Broncos.  He is now averaging 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocked shot per game, ranking second in virtually every category.  he is 14th in the Big West in scoring, 13th in rebounding and tied for second in three-point baskets at 2.29 per game.  Since making just 1-for-10 from the field, scoring three points and collecting one rebound in the season-opener at LSU, Brown  has averaged 15.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while shooting 43.4% overall and 38.1% from beyond the three-point arc.  In making three three-point baskets in the last game, he now has a team-leading 16 on the year, all in the last six games.  In fact, Brown has made two or more five times, including the last three games.  On Nov. 12 he scored a season-high 22 points at Illinois State and in the next game, Nov. 17 vs. The Master's College, he had his first career double-double with 20 points and 13 boards.  Brown became the first freshman in school history to record consecutive games of 20 or more points. 

Who's The Bos?
Junior Kyle Boswell started the first five games for the Gauchos this season, but in the last two he has returned to a role that he became very familiar with last season.  In the last two, Boswell was called on to come off the bench and spark UCSB.  In the win over Santa Clara he not only provided a spark, but also an exclamation point and the biggest basket of the year.  Boswell made a season-high four three-point baskets and scored 15 points - his second highest total of the year - in the win over the Broncos.  His final three-pointer came at the buzzer to end regulation and sent the game into overtime, giving the Gauchos new life and ultimately a win.  Boswell is now averaging 9.3 points per game.  He has scored in double-figures four times, including the last two games.  His 14 three-point baskets rank second on the team and his 2.0 three-pointers per game rank ninth in the Big West.  The four threes that Boswell made in the last game were one short of his career-high of five, set in a win at UC Irvine last season.    

The World According To Garth 
Point guard Nate Garth is the Gauchos' only senior citizen.  Actually, he's not that old, but he is the team's sole senior.  Garth has started all seven games this season and leads the team in assists with an average of 3.6 per game, a figure that ranks him 10th in the Big West.  He also ranks fourth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.08-to-1.0.  In the win at Santa Clara, he had six points, five assists, three rebounds and played a season-high 27 minutes before fouling out.  While he didn't make a field goal, missing his three attempts, he was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.  The five assists equaled his second best effort this season and it marked the third time that he has had five or more.  Garth had a career-high seven three-pointers on Nov. 17 against The Master's College.  In that same game, he had a season-high 12 points and did not turn the ball over.  Since going without an assist in the season-opening game at LSU, the transfer from New Mexico has averaged 4.2 assists per contest.      

Taylor Made
Sophomore point guard T.J. Taylor had his best game of the season in the Gauchos' win at Santa Clara.  Taylor played 22 minutes and scored two points on 1-of-3 from the field.  Oh, the good part?  He had six assists and no turnovers in his 22 minutes.  The six assists equaled his career-high and was the second highest total by a UCSB player this season.  Taylor also collected a pair of rebounds against Santa Clara.  On the season, the Oakland native is now averaging 3.4 points and 2.6 assists per game.  In the last five games, he is averaging 3.4 assists per game and has had three or more four times.  Finally, Taylor has seen his playing time increase over the last two games as he has played a season-high 22 minutes in each.   

The Life Of Bryson
Freshman Michael Bryson is averaging 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.  He has played in six of the seven games this season, missing the Nov. 17 contest against The Master's College with a strained back.  Bryson ranks third on the team with eight three-point baskets, having made two in four different games, including each of the last two.  In the win at Santa Clara he was 2-for-4 from three-point range and in the last two games he has gone 4-for-9, 44.4%.  Bryson scored a season-high 10 points in UCSB's opener at LSU.  After that game, his back tightened up and he was limited to five minutes at Illinois State and then he sat out the game against The Master's College.  He has started the last two games, and played a season-high 32 against Santa Clara.    

Australian Rules 
Sophomore forward Lewis Thomas returned to the starting lineup at Santa Clara.  Thomas started the first five games of the season, but came off the bench in the Gauchos' Nov. 28 loss to Wyoming.  The Perth, Australia, scored six points, equaling his season-high, on a pair of three-point baskets against the Broncos.  Thomas has now made five three-point baskets through seven games, fourth on the team.  He also made a pair of threes in a Nov. 12 game at Illinois State and one at Boise State on Nov. 24.  In fact, in four road games this season, he has hit 5-of-8 shots from outside the three-point arc, 62.5%.  Thomas is averaging 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game and he is the only player on the team averaging more rebounds than points.

Fresh Fives
Freshmen Mitch Brewe and Sam Beeler are doing a tag-team bit as Alan Williams' backup at the five spot.  Brewe and Beeler have each played exactly 55 minutes on the season.  While Beeler has played exclusively when Williams is out of the game, Brewe actually played at the same time as Williams in last Saturday's win at Santa Clara.