Gauchos Closeout 2013 at Seattle Monday

Eric Childress (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Eric Childress (Photo by Tony Mastres)

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• Coming Up
Game No. 12
Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Seattle University Redhawks

at Seattle's Key Arena - Seattle, Wash.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
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Game No. 13
Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. The Master's College

at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
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• 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 and Gerry Fall is in his ninth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB super-dooperstar 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. 

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters its final game of the 2013 calendar year with a record of 7-4. The Gauchos have won four of their last five games, including two out of three at the Basketball Travelers Classic in Logan, Utah, in the days prior to Christmas. In their finale prior to the brief holiday respite, they defeated Troy University (57-54), dropped an overtime thriller to the host Utah State (77-71) and then topped Western Illinois (61-55).

Williams, Boswell Named All-Tournament
Junior center Alan Williams and senior guard Kyle Boswell were named to the Basketball Travelers Classic All-Tournament Team following the three games at Utah State. Williams was stellar in all three and finished the tournament averaging 21.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots per game. He had a pair of double-doubles, including 22 points and 16 rebounds in the finale against Western Illinois. Boswell averaged 14.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game. He made 11 three-point baskets, including the game-winner in the opener against Troy. Boswell tied career-highs with seven threes and 27 points in a 77-71 overtime loss to Utah State.

UCSB Wins Final Game At Basketball Travelers Classic
While it wasn't a thing of beauty, the Gauchos' 61-55 win over Western Illinos in their final game of the Basketball Travelers Classic was just that, a win. Alan Williams had 22 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots to help UCSB overcome a five-point halftime deficit en route to their fourth win in five games. Michael Bryson, who missed the second game of the tournament against Utah State with a sore back, returned against the Leathernecks and added 11 points. Freshman Eric Childress had one of his best all-around games with eight points, including back-to-back driving lay-ups in the closing minutes. He also assisted on a key three-point basket as the Gauchos fought back for a tough win. Although UCSB made just 35.8% of its shots, it also had nine steals and eight blocks in a solid defensive effort.

Possible Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 3 Zalmico Harmon - Has produced 41 assists and just five turnovers in seven Gaucho wins.
G 35 Taran Brown- Has been scoreless in two of the last four games, including the win over Western Illinos in the finale at Logan, Utah.
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Has started five of the last six games...Had 11 rebounds in 37 minutes at Basketball Travelers Classic.
F 15  Alan Williams - Leads the Big West Conference in scoring (23.1 ppg,) rebounding (10.9 rpg) and is second in blocked shots (2.9 bpg).
G 24 Michael Bryson - Returned to action vs. Western Illinois after missing Dec. 20 game vs. Utah State with back soreness.

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Eric Childress - After going scoress in three straight games, has averaged 7.0 per game in teh last four.
G 4 Aamahd Walker - After playing a career-high 15 minutes at Utah State, was a DNP vs. Western Illinois.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Tied career-highs with 27 points and seven three-pointers vs. Utah State. Now has 176 career threes.
F 31  John Green - Injury to left foot has him sideline, most likely, until mid -January.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Scored five points, one short of his career-high, in win over Western Illinois. 
F 44  Sam Beeler - Has made 16-of-24 free throw attempts, 66.7%, after hitting just 11 out of 32, 34.4%, as a freshman.

UCSB-Long Beach State Showdown Chosen For ESPNU
UCSB's Jan. 16 home game against Long Beach State, originally scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m., has been moved to 8:00 p.m. to accommodate ESPNU, which will televise the game live. The Gauchos and 49ers have played in three of the last four Big West Tournament championship games and the match-up represents one of the best rivalries in the conference. UCSB's games at Cal State Northridge on Jan. 18 and Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 25 will be televised live on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.

Boswell Chosen As Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Senior guard Kyle Boswell has been chosen as one of 30 finalists for the NCAA Senior CLASS Award. CLASS is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School and Boswell made the finalist list based on his excellence in the areas of classroom, community, character and competition. As a junior, the Huntington Beach native  averaged 13.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He made a team-high 78 three-point baskets, the third most in school history, and hit as many as seven in a game. Boswell is also a Gaucho team captain, takes part in numerous charitable efforts and possesses a 3.81 grade point average as a mechanical engineering major. Following the 2013 campaign, he was named Honorable Mention All-Big West as well as the conference's Sixth Man of the Year.   

Williams In 16th Season at UCSB, Surpasses 250 Wins 
2013-14 is Bob Williams' 16th season at the helm of the UCSB basketball program, equaling the longest tenure of any coach in program history and the longest of any current Division I coach west of the Mississippi.  Willie Wilton guided the Gauchos from 1937-43, 1946-51 and 1952-57, a total of 16 seasons. Jerry Pimm was in charge from 1983-98, 15 seasons. Williams is the school's all-time leader in coaching victories and the win at UNLV on Nov. 12 was his 250th as UCSB's head coach. He now has 255. He shares the same 16-year tenure as Utah State's Stew Morrill and Rick Barnes of Texas.

Not Much Turnover
There were a lot of bright spots for UCSB as it won two out of three games at the Basketball Travelers Classic in Logan, Utah, prior to Christmas. The most obvious positive were the two wins in three games, the only loss coming in overtime to the host Aggies. Another major upside was the Gauchos ability to take care of the ball as they committed a total of just 23 turnovers in the three games, 7.7 per game. In fact, UCSB had a season-low five turnovers in a tough overtime loss to Utah State in the middle of the three games and had single-digits in all three games. The three-game streak of fewer than 10 turnovers is the longest since the 2001-02 Gaucho team went four games in succession. Overall this year, they have been below double-figures in turnovers six times in 11 games. In addition to the games against Troy, Utah State and Western Illinois, Santa Barbara has had seven vs. South Dakota State, eight vs. Hawaii-Pacific and nine at UNLV. In all, the Gauchos are 5-1 when they have fewer than 10 turnovers. Overall, they are averaging just 10.7 turnovers per game, a drop of 3.7 per game from last season. In 2012-13, UCSB had fewer than 10 turnovers on just two occasions.

The Magic Number
UCSB has allowed fewer than 70 points seven times in 2013-14 and has gone 7-0 in those seven games. Each time the Gauchos have given up 70 or more, they have lost. On the season, their opponents are averaging 66.1 points per game, but in the last five games, four of which were wins, they have given up 312 points, 62.4 per game. In fact, in the last five, the only game in which an opponent scored more than 70 was Utah State's overtime win over UCSB and in that game, the Aggies had just 65 points at the end of regulation.

The Opposition
UCSB and Seattle have played seven times in a series that began in 1964. However, the Gauchos and Redhawks haven't played since Dec. 20, 1969 when Santa Barbara won an overtime thriller, 105-98. Actually, it may not have been a thriller, but I was nine years old at the time, so what do I know? To this point in 2013-14, Seattle is a perfect 5-0 against opponents from the Big West. UCSB and The Master's College will be meeting for the second time. The teams met for the first time on Nov. 17, 2012 with the Gauchos recording an 80-60 win at the Thunderdome.

The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 2-3 in true road games in 2013-14 and 4-3 in all games away from home. While 2-3 and 4-3 are humble marks, they indicate a much better start than last season. In 2012-13 the Gauchos struggled in true road games at 3-13. They were 3-14 in all games away from home.

The Gauchos At Home
The Gauchos are 3-0 at home this season after going 8-6 at the Thunderdome in 2012-13. After opening with a win over Hawaii-Pacific, UCSB played without leading scorer and rebounder Alan Williams and dropped a game to visiting Utah State. The Gauchos will enter their game against The Master's College with a two-game home winning streak. On Nov. 29 they beat South Dakota State by a score of 83-64 and in their last outing, they recorded one of the best home victories in several years, 72-65 over Cal.

The Honorable Alan Williams
Junior forward Alan Williams leads the Big West Conference in scoring at 23.1 points per game and rebounding at 10.9 per game. He is second in blocked shots at 2.9 per contest. Williams scoring average ranks him eighth in the nation while his rebounding averaged is tied for sixth. He was named to the Basketball Travelers Classic All-Tournament Team at Utah State average averaging 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3.3 blocks over the three games. Williams recorded a pair of double-doubles in at the tourney and enters the week with four on the season and 21 in his career. The only Gaucho player to score in double-figures in every game he has played this season, Williams has is a two-time Big West Player of the Week honoree. He was named Player of the Week for the first time the week he tied UCSB school records with 39 points and eight blocked shots in a Nov. 29 win over South Dakota State. The scoring record is co-owned by Orlando Johnson (currently with the Indiana Pacers) and Scott Fisher (currently an assistant coach at Hawaii). The blocked shot mark is shared by Greg Somogyi (currently playing professionally in Hungary). Williams has scored 20 or more points in two straight games and seven times in nine appearances this season. He also did so in his first five games. In addition to the two double-doubles he garnered last weekend, Williams had 24 points and 12 rebounds in UCSB's Dec. 6 win over Cal, the Gauchos' first-ever win over the Golden Bears, and he had 27 points and 17 rebounds in the regular season opener against Hawaii-Pacific. The 27 points were the most scored by a Gaucho in a season-opener since 2007 and the rebounds were a season-opener record. He followed-up that performance with an equally impressive 21 point, nine rebound, three blocked shot game against defending Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year Khem Birch and UNLV. Williams also leads the team in blocked shots with 26. He has eclipsed the 500 rebound barrier with 593 and he needs just three to move into the school's all-time top-10. In addtion, with 895 career points, he his just 105 away from becoming the 26th-player in school history to eclipse 1,000 in his career.  Williams was named Preseason All-Big West by the league's media and virtually every publication, he was selected to the Lou Henson Preseason Mid-Major All-American Team and selected him First Team Mid-Major All-American and Big West Player of the Year. 

He's The Bos
Kyle Boswell, the reigning Big West Sixth Man of the Year, started the first five games of this season and averaged 9.6 points per game over that span. Boswell has come off the bench in the last six games, averaging 13.7 per game over that span. Overall, he is averaging 11.8 points per game. He was named to the Basketball Travelers Classic All-Tournament team as the Gauchos won two out of three games. Boswell hit big three-point baskets in all three games, including the game-winner in a 57-54 victory over Troy. In the second game of the tourney, he tied career-highs with 27 points and seven three-point baskets in an overtime lost to Utah State. Overall, Boswell made 11-of-21 three-point attempts in the tourney, 52.4%. Overall, he now leads UCSB in three-point baskets with 33 and three-point percentage at 47.1%. He has 176 career three-point baskets, sixth all-time, and his percentage of 43.5% is just behind Brian Johnson's school record of 43.6%. Boswell has made at least one three in all 11 games this season and two or more nine times, including the last six games in a row. In addition to his prowess as a three-point marksman, he has become one of the team's top playmakers and is averaging 3.8 assists and just 1.1 turnovers per game.

The Life Of Bryson
After sitting out the game at Utah State with a score back, Michael Bryson returned to the lineup in the game against Western Illinois with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. He made just 3-of-11 shots overall and 1-of-6 from three-point territory, but he did nail all four of his free throws. Bryson is third on the team in scoring at 11.8 per game. He is also third on teh the team in rebounding at 3.9 per outing. He has scored in double-figures seven times in his 10 games and he's made at least one three-pointer in all 10. He had a season-high 21 in the Dec. 15 win at San Diego. He was 5-for-8 from three-point range and added four rebounds. The five threes were a season-high. For his efforts, the sophomore from Sacramento was named Big West Player of the Week. He has made 22-of-49 threes, 44.9%. In the last six games, he has made 14-of-27 from outside the arc, 55.6%. On Dec. 3 at UCLA, Bryson collected the first double-double of his career with 15 points and 10 rebounds. He also set a career-high with five assists against the Bruins. Last year, in the season finale against Pacific at the Big West Tournament, Bryson made seven three-point baskets and scored 29 points. The scoring total was a new record for a freshman and the seven three-pointers tied the UCSB freshman record. 

Taran It Up
Taran Brown struggled in the final two games of the Basketball Travelers Classic. In the final game against Western Illinois, he was scoreless in 20 minutes and in the three games combined, he scored 15 points, including 12 in the Dec. 19 win over Troy. Brown enters the week averaging 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He is fourth on the team in scoring and second in rebounding. His 17 three-point baskets rank him third behind Kyle Boswell and Michael Bryson, but he has been off-target in the last four games, hitting just 3-of-16, 18.7%. Prior to the last four games, in which he has scored a total of 15 points, Brown had a run of four straight games in double-figures. Over that stretch, which included games at Colorado and UCLA and at home against Cal and South Dakota State, he averaged 14.5 points and made 23-of-40 shots, 57.5%. In teh Nov. 21 game at Colorado, he scored a career-high 23 and made a career-high seven three-point baskets (in 10 attempts). Brown also had one of his best overall games in UCSB's first-ever win over Cal. Against the Golden Bears, he tied his season-high with 35 minutes played. He finished with 14 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, one assist and one steal.

Junior Zalmico Harmon remains the Big West leader in assists at 5.2 per game and he continues to lead the way in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.8-to-1. In the tournament at Utah State, however, he averaged 3.3 points 4.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game, but struggled with his shooting. In the three games, Harmon made just 3-of-20 field goal attempts, 15.0%, and he missed all seven of his three-point attempts. The tough sledding in Logan came on the heels of a solid 11 point, five assist game in a win at San Diego. One game earlier, on Dec. 6 vs. Cal, he had nine points and a career-high 10 assists in UCSB's win over Cal. In the Gauchos' Nov. 29 game against South Dakota State, Harmon scored a career-high 14 points and added eight assists. For the season, Harmon has a mere 15 turnovers in 342 minutes. In seven wins, he has 41 assists and five turnovers, an 8.2-to-1 ratio.

Freshman Eric Childress was a key factor in the win over Western Illinois that wrapped-up play at the Basketball Travelers Classic. Childress had eight points and made two key penetrating lay-ups late in the second half that helped seal the deal. Childress is averaging 5.1 points per game, but since going scoreless in three straight, he has averaged 7.0 per game in the last four games, three of which were wins. He had career-highs of 10 points and six assists on Nov. 21 at Colorado. Childress matched the six assists vs. South Dakota State on Nov. 29. In addition to what he's done on the offensive end, he leads the team in steals with 17, almost twice as many as the next closest Gaucho. 

Something's Brewing
Sophomore Mitch Brewe has played basketball of the season in the last five games. Although he's averaged just 3.4 points and 4.1 rebounds over that span, he has contributed to four wins. On Dec. 6 vs. Cal, he finished with six points and a season-high six rebounds, three on the offensive end, in a season-high 28 minutes. In addition, Brewe had a momentum-changing block when he stuffed Richard Solomon on a dunk attempt with just over seven minutes to play. On Dec. 15 at San Diego, he had six points, two rebounds and a steal in 12 minutes. He made 3-of-4 field goal attempts, including his first career three-pointer. While he totaled just four points in three games at Utah State, he had 11 rebounds in just 37 minutes, including five vs. the Aggies.

Sam He Is
Sam Beeler is averaging 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. He scored nine points in 25 total minutes at the Basketball Travelers Classic. On Nov. 16 vs. Utah State, Beeler scored 14 points and had five rebounds. He had five or more rebounds in each of the first three games this season, including a career-high seven on Nov. 12 at UNLV. Since collecting 17 boards in his first three games, Beeler has eight in the last eight games. As a freshman, he hit just 11-of-32 from the line, 34.4%, but this season he is 16-of-24, 66.7%.

We Want Moore! We Want Moore! 
After scoring just two points over a five-game span, senior Shawn Moore played made 2-of-3 field goal attempts and scored five key points in the Dec. 21 win over Western Illinois. Also, after playing just 14 total minutes in three games prior to the Basketball Travelers Classic, Moore averaged 14 per game in the tournament. Moore is averaging 2.5 points  and 1.9 rebounds per contest. He had a career-high six points on Nov. 12 at UNLV and again on Nov. 21 at Colorado. Moore started the first five games but has come off of the bench since. While he has missed all three of his three-point attempts, he is 13-of-17 from two-point range, 76.5%.

Green Sidelined With Foot Injury
John Green scored eight points and had a pair of rebounds in his season debut against Hawaii-Pacific on Nov. 8. It was Green's first regular season game in nearly two years. However, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, before UCSB was to tip-off at UNLV, It was learned that Green had a very small fracture of a bone in his left foot, sidelining him, most likely, until mid-January.