January 16, 2013

Gauchos-Mustangs Renew Blue-Green Rivalry Saturday Afternoon at Thunderdome; Game Will Air Live on Fox Sports

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Game No. 17
Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Blue-Green Rivalry
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal Poly Mustangs

at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket

• 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. Great seats for the showdown with Long Beach State, and for all games, are also available at the Thunderdome ticket office one hour prior to tip-off.

• 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 superstar 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.  Fans can also catch Gaucho head coach Bob Williams every Thursday morning at 8:50 a.m. as he visits with Baron Ron Herron on "Bob and The Baron" on AM 1290.

• UCSB-Cal Poly Renew Blue-Green Rivalry On Fox Sports Prime Ticket
UC Santa Barbara returns home on Saturday, Jan. 19 to host Cal Poly in a 4:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome.  The game will mark a renewal of the Blue-Green Rivalry between the schools.  Last year, the Gauchos won both regular season games against the Mustangs as well as a semfinal match-up in the Big West Tournament.  Saturday's game will be televised on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Saturday's game against Cal Poly with records of 6-10 overall 2-3 in the Big West.  The Gauchos are coming off a 66-59 win at UC Davis on Jan. 12.  The win over the Aggies ended a two-game losing streak overall and a five-game road losing string.    

• Williams, Clutch Plays Lead Gauchos Past UC Davis, 66-59
Sophomore Alan Williams had 28 points, 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals, and four other Gauchos made clutch plays as UCSB held on to beat UC Davis on Jan. 12, 66-59.  Williams scored 17 of his points in the first half as the Gaucho took a 33-23 halftime lead.  He scored 11 more as they pushed the lead to 12 midway through the second half, but a Corey Hawkins jumper with 3:12 to play narrowed the gap to 55-51.  With 2:39 to play, as the 35 second clock dwindled, Gaucho guard Kyle Boswell was fouled while making a long three-pointer from deep in the left corner.  He made the free throw to complete the four-point play and give his team a 59-51 lead.  The Aggies, however, weren't through.  After Hawkins made a pair of free throws, Davis got a stop and then Josh Ritchart drilled a three-pointer from straight out to shrink the UCSB lead to 59-56.  On the other end, it was Nate Garth's turn to produce a big play and he did, draining a three-pointer from the left side, free throw line extended, pushing the advantage to 62-56 with 1:23 to play.  Hawkins kept the pressure on, making a three-pointer with a minute left.  Following a Santa Barbara turnover, UC Davis had two chances to tie, but both shots went awry.  The second was rebounded by T.J. Taylor who was immediately fouled.  Not yet in the bonus, the Aggies were forced to foul again after the inbounds pass, sending Taylor to the free throw line for a 1+1 opportunity.  Taylor made both free throws and the Gauchos led 64-59 with seven seconds left.  After another miss by the Aggies, Michael Bryson was intentionally fouled and he too made a pair of free throws for the final of 66-59.  

• Game Times Changes For TV
The scheduled tip-off times of two upcoming games have been changed to accommodate television.  On Saturday, Jan. 26, the Gauchos' home game against Hawai'i was slated to tip at 7:00 p.m., but has been moved to 4:00 p.m. for Fox Sports Prime Ticket.  On Wednesday, Jan. 30, UCSB's game at Long Beach was set for 8:00 p.m. for ESPNU, but it has been moved to 9:00 p.m. and will not be carried on ESPN News.  

The Gauchos And Mustangs
UCSB is 68-31 all-time against Cal Poly and won all three games last season, including a 64-52 win in a semifinal game at the 2012 Big West Tournament.  In all, UCSB has won five consecutive games against the Mustangs and, going back a few years, 10 of the last 11 games in the series

The Gauchos At Home 
UCSB is 4-2 at home this season.  After opening the year with Thunderdome wins over The Master's College and the University of San Diego, the Gauchos dropped a game to Wyoming.  On Dec. 15, they defeated San Diego Christian and on Jan. 3 they topped UC Irvine.  In their last game, they dropped a 77-70 game to Long Beach State. Last season, UCSB went 11-3 at home with the losses coming to Long Beach State, San Diego State (in overtime) and UNLV (in double overtime), all teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In the last five-plus years, the Gauchos have gone 55-18.

Probable Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 11 T.J. Taylor- Has had 5 or more assists in last 5, averaging 7.4 per game in Big West play. 
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Has 12 three-pointers on the year, all on the road.  
F 15 Alan Williams - Had 28 points, 11 rebounds at UC Davis, his 9th double-double.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Career-high 15 points vs. LBSU, averaged 10.3 in last three games.  
F 35 Taran Brown- Needs 5 three-pointers to break UCSB freshman record of 43.

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1   Nate Garth - Nursing ankle, missed 2 of last 4 games, but made key three at UCD..
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Back injury has him sidelined him indefinitely and he could redshirt.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Played 6 minutes at UC Davis, his first game since Dec. 1.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Scored in double-figures in nine of the last 11 games.
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Scored career-high five points in win at UC Davis.
G 32  John Green - Projected starter, broken bone in his foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Has assists in consecutive games for first time since early November.
G 43  Duke DaRé - Shoulder injury has sidelined him in 4 of the last 5 game.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Has made 11-for-15 from the field in the last 8 games, 73.3%.

The Injury Report 
The Gauchos' injury list continues to be a thing in flux.  Starting point guard Nate Garth has missed two of the last four games with an ankle sprain, but he did return to play 13 minutes off the bench in the win at UC Davis.  Junior forward Keegan Hornbuckle, who had last played on Dec. 1 at Santa Clara, returned from his ankle sprain against the Aggies and logged six minutes.  Reserve guard Duke DaRé played nine minutes on Jan. 10 at Pacific, but then he missed the Jan. 12 game at UC Davis with a shoulder injury.  He has missed four of the last five.  Freshman guard Aamahd Walker remains sidelined with a back injury and after playing in the first two games of the season, is a candidate to redshirt.  Another freshman guard, John Green, expected to be a starter this season, is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his foot. 

Youth Is Served
The Gauchos' leading scorer is sophomore Alan Williams.  Their third leading scorer is freshman Taran Brown.  The fifth leading scorer is freshman Michael Bryson.  Of the 1,058 points that UCSB has scored through 16 games this season 769, or 72.7%, have been scored by freshmen or sophomores.  Of the team's 512 individual rebounds 439, or 85.7%, have been collected by freshmen and sophomores.  Finally, of the team's 71 blocked shots 71, or 100.0%, have been recorded by freshmen and sophomores.   

Despite Two-Game Respite, Gauchos Still On Record 3-Point Pace
Despite making just 11-of-39 shots from three-point range during the two-game trip to Northern California, UCSB remains on a school record pace for three-pointers.  The Gauchos have hit 137 three-pointers through their first 16 games, an average of 8.6 per game.  If they can maintain that pace, they would finish with something in the neighborhood of 260 through 31 games, which they are guaranteed to play.  The current school record of 242 was set in 32 games during the 2007-08 season.  On Dec. 29 at Cal State Fullerton, UCSB made a season-high 15 three-point baskets, the third highest total in school history and the most since it made 16 against Arizona in the first found of the 2002 NCAA Tournament.  One game after making a season-high 15, the Gauchos hit for season-best 50.0% (13-of-26) in a Jan. 3 win over UC Irvine.  After making fewer than 40.0% from three-point range in its first six games this season, UCSB has been at 40.6% or better in seven of the last 10 games. 

Free Throw Revival
If you toss out a 4-for-4 free throw shooting performance at San Diego State on Dec. 6, the Gauchos had their best free throw shooting game of the season ion Jan. 10 at Pacific.  After Alan Williams missed the team's first attempt, UCSB made 15 in a row to finish at 15-of-16, 93.8%.  In the next game, Jan. 12 at UC Davis, the Gauchos made 14-of-17, 82.4%.  On the season they are shooting 70.0%, but in the last two combined they have gone 29-of-33, 87.9%.  

Very Little Turnover
While UCSB is averaging 14.6 turnovers per game, that number has been a bit better lately.  In the last four games, the Gauchos have committed an average of 12.7 per game.  Unfortunately, the opponents' turnovers have gone down as well.  In the games last weekend, Pacific and UC Davis combined for just 12 turnoers and in the last seven games, UCSB opponents have averaged just 7.7 per game and been in single-digits six times.

On The Margins
Of UCSB's 16 games this season, 10 have been decided by double-digit margins.  The first six and eight of the first nine were decided by double-figures.  In fact, eight of the first nine were decided by 14 points or more.  Recently, however, things have started to tighten up as four of the last five and five of the last seven Gaucho games have been decided by fewer than 10 points.

The "Other" Williams
Sophomore Alan Williams had 28 points, 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and a pair of steals in UCSB's win at UC Davis on Jan. 12.  It was the ninth double-double of the season for Williams and 11th of his career, the 28 points were just one shy of his career-high and the most that he has scored in a non-overtime game.  The nine double-doubles are the most by a Gaucho since Kealon Wallace had 10 in 1995-96.  It was also his second straight and fifth in the last six games.  He continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring (A season-high18.1 points per game), rebounds (10.3 per game) and blocked shots (2.4 per game).  He enters Saturday's game against Cal Poly ranked third in the Big West in scoring, first in rebounding and first in blocked shots.  Williams is averaging a double-double and has scored 20 or more in two straight and four of the last five.  The last Gaucho to finish the season averaging 10 or more points and 10 or more rebounds per game was Eric McArthur in 1990. On Dec. 1 at Santa Clara, Williams had a career-best game with 29 points and 17 rebounds.  That performance was the first time a Gaucho has had 25 or more points and 15 or more rebounds in the same game since Jan. 29, 1990 when McArthur had 28 points and 21 rebounds against Cal State Fullerton.  The 17 boards were the most by a UCSB player since Josh Merrill collected 18 against Westmont on Dec. 7, 1996. For his efforts, he was named Big West Player of the Week.  In all, Williams has scored in double-figures 15 times in 16 games and he has tallied 20 or more six times, all in the last 10 games. Also, he has collected 10 or more rebounds 10 times.  In addition to his career-high 17 on Dec. 1 at Santa Clara, he had 16 in the Big West opener at Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 29.  Williams has 38 blocked shots this season, including 14 in the last four games.  He has at least one in five straight and 13 overall.  In fact, he has two or more 12 times.  He has a high of five twice, once each against San Diego and UC Irvine.  With his four blocked shots on Jan. 12 at UC Davis, Williams now has 79 and has moved into eighth in school history.

Taran It Up
Freshman Taran Brown struggled on the Gauchos' trip to Pacific and UC Davis.  After scoring just five points on 2-of-8 from the field on Jan. 10 against the Tigers, he was just 1-for-6 with two points on Jan. 12 at UC Davis.  The two points were his season-low.  In the two games combined, Brown averaged 3.5 points and made a mere 3-for-14 from the field, 21.4%.  Despite his difficulties in the scoring category, he did averaged 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the two-game trip north.  Brown scored in double-figures in three straight prior to the game at Pacific. On Dec. 29 at Cal State Fullerton, he made a career-high six three-point baskets and scored 20 points.  He has 20 or more three times.  Brown scored 22 and 20 in back-to-back games against Illinois State and The Master's College in mid-November becoming the first Gaucho freshman ever to score 20 or more in two straight games.  The 22 he had at Illinois State were the most by a UCSB freshman since James Nunnally had 22 in against North Carolina on Nov. 21, 2008.  Brown is essentially tied with Kyle Boswell for second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game, a figure that ranks him first among Big West Conference freshmen.  He is second on the team with 39 three-point baskets.  He is also second on the team in rebounding at 5.4 per game.  He has had six or more seven times and recorded his first career double-double when he had 20 points and 13 rebounds vs. The Master's College on Nov. 17.  Brown has now made at least one three-point basket in 13 of 16 games, two or more 10 times and three or more nine times, including six of the last 10 games. Since missing his first eight three-pointers this season, he has gone 39-of-97, 40.2%. With 39 three-point baskets this season, he already ranks second on UCSB's all-time freshman list, within striking distance of the record of 43 set by Idris Jones in 1990.  Finally, Brown has 15 blocked shots on the year, tied for the sixth most by a Gaucho freshman. 

Who's The Bos?
Junior Kyle Boswell scored seven points and had a career-high five rebounds in UCSB's win at UC Davis on Jan. 12.  But while Boswell's point total was the lowest since he also had seven on Nov. 24 at Boise State, the last four were big.  In the waning minutes, with a once 12-point lead down to three, Boswell hit a long three-pointer from deep in the left corner and was fouled.  He made the free throw to complete the four-point play.  On Jan. 10 at Pacific, he scored 15 points and, despite the seven against the Aggies, has still scored in double-figures nine times in the last 11 games, including a career-long streak of six in a row prior to the Dec. 29 game at Cal State Fullerton.   Boswell is now averaging 12.3 points per game, essentially tied for second on the team.  He has scored a career-high 23 twice.  The first time he rang-up 23 was on Dec. 6 at San Diego State.  In the game against the Aztecs, he also made a career-high seven three-point baskets, the most by a Gaucho since Joe See made eight at Utah State on Jan. 6, 2005.  Boswell also had 23 on Jan. 3 vs. UC Irvine when he was 6-for-10 from three-point range. Boswell has 45 threes on the year, an average of 2.9 per game, second in the Big West.  In 11 games since his scoring average dipped to a season-low 8.0 per game, Boswell has scored 157 points and averaged 14.3 per game, making 37-of-84 from three-point range over that span, 44.1%.  Boswell has made at least one three-pointer in 14 consecutive games and 15 of 16 games overall.  He has hit two or more 12 times and four or more five times.  He  has 110 career threes and needs 11 to move into 10th in school history. 

The World According To Garth 
Point guard Nate Garth missed two of the last four games with a sprained ankle, but he played 13 minutes on Jan. 12 at UC Davis, scoring five points.  His final three points against the Aggies came on a clutch three-point basket with 1:27 to play.  Despite producing just one assist in 22 minutes over his last two appearances, Garth remains the Gauchos' leader in assist average at 3.8 per game. On Dec. 29 at Cal State Fullerton, in the game prior to injuring his ankle, Garth played a season-high 34 minutes and had nine points, eight assists and just one turnover.  He made 4-of-9 shots overall, including 1-of-4 from three-point range.  On the season, the team's only senior is averaging 5.4 points  per game per.  Garth had a career-high nine assists on Dec. 6 at San Diego State and has had five or more six times in 14 games.  He had started all 12 games prior to his ankle sprain.

Taylor Made
Sophomore point guard T.J. Taylor has started each of the last four games. On Jan. 12 at UC Davis he made all three of his field goal attempts, including a pair of three-pointers, and tied his career-high with 10 points.  Taylor's final two points came from the free throw line and bumped the Gauchos' lead from three to five with seven seconds to play.  He also added six assists.  In two games prior to the Davis game, Taylor had a career-high nine assists.  While he is averaging 4.5 points and 3.7 assists while shooting 49.1% overall and 45.7% from three-point range, he has been even better in five Big West games.  In league play, he is averaging 8.4 points and 7.4 assists per game while shooting 65.2% overall and 58.8% (10-of-17) from three-point range.  Taylor's 7.4 assists per game leads the Big West in league games only.  

The Life Of Bryson
Despite making just 2-for-9 from the field on Jan. 12 at UC Davis, freshman Michael Bryson had his third straight productive game for the Gauchos.  Bryson finished with nine points, three rebounds, three assists, one blocked shot and a steal in the win over the Aggies.  In his last three games, Bryson has averaged 10.3 points, 2.9 rebound and 2.9 assists per game. On Jan. 5 vs. Long Beach State, Bryson made five of his last seven shots, including three three-pointers, and scored a career-high 15 points.  He also added four rebounds and three assists.  He is now averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.  He has played in 15 of the 16 games this season, missing most of the Nov. 12 game at Illinois State and all of the Nov. 17 contest against The Master's College with a strained back.  Bryson is tied for third on the team with 16 three-point baskets, having made two or more in six games.  He had a season-high seven rebounds on Nov. 21 at Boise State.

Aussie Rules
Sophomore forward Lewis Thomas was scoreless in 15 minutes at UC Davis.  In fact, while he is averaging 3.3 points per game, he has scored totaled just five in four games since scoring a career-high 11 (all in the first half) on Dec. 29 at Cal State Fullerton.  Thomas ranks fifth on the team with 12 three-point baskets and he is shooting 44.4% from three-point range.  He has made 12-of-27 three-point attempts on the season, including 12-of-22 in road games (54.5%) and 0-for-5 in home games.  He made a career-high three three-pointers twice this year, on Dec. 18 at Cal and Dec. 29 at Cal State Fullerton.  Thomas is one of two Gauchos (the other is Mitch Brewe) to have more rebounds (59) than points (52).