UCSB Renews Rivalry at Long Beach Thursday, Hosts Northridge Saturday

Sam Beeler (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Sam Beeler (Photo by Tony Mastres)

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• Coming Up
Game No. 22
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Long Beach State 49ers

at LBSU's Walter Pyramid - Long Beach, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video: ESPN3
Tickets: UCSBgauchos.com 

Game No. 23
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal State Northridge Matadors

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

• 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 10th 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. 

• Tickets Available
Great seats are available for all Gaucho home games. For more information drop by the Ticket Office in the ICA Building on campus, call 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here.  

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters the week with its fourth three-game winning streak of the season. The Gauchos are 15-6 overall and 6-2 in the Big West Conference, one-half game behind front-running UC Irvine. They will try to extend their winning streak to four at rival Long Beach State on Thursday, Feb. 13. Last weekend, Santa Barbara played just one game, traveling to Hawaii, where it came from nine behind to win going away, 75-64. The win was UCSB's third conference road win of the season.  

ESPN2, ESPNU Opts To Air Pair Of Gauchos Games 
As part of its agreement with the Big West Conference, ESPN selects its late-season games from among any on the schedule and the network has opted for a pair of UCSB contests as its "Wild Card" games this year. The Gauchos' Saturday, Mar. 1 game at UC Davis, originally scheduled for 7:00 p.m., has been moved to 5:00 p.m. to accommodate ESPN2 and their Mar. 6 home game against Hawaii, originally scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off, has been moved to 6:00 p.m. and will air on ESPNU.

UCSB Moves To No. 10 In Mid-Major Poll
Winners of three straight and six of their last seven, the Gauchos have jumped into the top-10 of the Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top-25. Following its win at Hawaii last week, UCSB moved from No. 11 to No. 10 in the poll. It marks the first time the program has been ranked in the top-10 of the poll since December of 2007 when it had a 10-1 record and was ranked No. 6. The Gauchos are joined in the poll by fellow Big West Conference member UC Irvine, which is ranked 21st. Wichita State, which is ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, is ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Major Top-25. Gonzaga is No. 2.

Gauchos Among National Leaders
UCSB and its players are ranked among the national leaders in several statistical categories. As a team, the Gauchos are 12th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.50-to-1) and assists per game (16.4 per game), 13th in fewest turnovers (230), and 33rd in three-point field goal percentage (38.6%). Among individuals, Alan Williams is seventh in scoring (23.1 points per game), third in rebounding (11.4 per game), third in defensive rebounds per ame (7.84), 24th in offensive rebounds per game (3.58), 23rd in double-doubles (10), 36th in field goal percentage (55.7%) and 46th in blocked shots (2.37 per game). Kyle Boswell is eighth in three-point field goal percentage (45.6%) and 48th in three-point field goals per game (2.71 per game). Zalmico Harmon is sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.82-to-1) and 54th in assists per game (5.1 per game).

Possible Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Zalmico Harmon - Has produced 25 assists and just two turnovers in the last five games...10 points at Hawaii was sixth double-figure scoring game.
G 35 Taran Brown- Scored 13 points in 22 minutes at Hawaii...Has now scored in double-figures twice in the last three games.
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Collected eight rebounds in just 14 minutes at Hawaii...Tied career-high with two blocked shots against the Rainbow Warriors.
F 15  Alan Williams - Leads Big West in scoring (23.1 ppg) and rebounding (11.4 rpg)...Has 20 or more points in five straight and 15 of 19.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Scored 18 at Hawaii, his highest total since he had 21 on Dec. 15 at USD...Scored in double-figures in three of four, five of seven.

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Eric Childress - Tallied eight points vs. UC Davis, his highest total in a Big West Conference game.
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Returned for a brief stints vs. UC Irvine and UC Davis...Had missed the previous five games with a sprained ankle.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Did not make a three-pointer at Hawaii, a season-first...Has exactly 200 career three-pointers and is third UCSB player to hit that mark.
F 31  John Green - Played in two games upon returning from foot injury and then fractured his wrist in practice and will miss the remainder of the season.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Returned for three-minute stint at Hawaii after missing four games with a shoulder injury.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Logged six minutes at Hawaii...Tied his career-high with three blocked shots in the win over UC Davis, all in the first half.

The Opposition
UCSB has played Long Beach State more than it has played any other opponent. The Gauchos and 49ers have met 117 times with Long Beach holding a 61-56 advantage. The Gauchos won the first game between the schools this season, winning 64-51 at the Thunderdome on Jan. 16. The 49ers won both games last year, winning 77-70 at the Thunderdome and 57-55 at the Pyramid. The teams have met in three of the last four league tournament title games with the Gauchos winning twice. Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge have played 47 times with the Gauchos winning 32 times.  On Jan. 18, UCSB won 79-69 at the Matadome, The teams split a pair of games last season with each team winning on the others' home court. The Matadors won 75-69 in Santa Barbara while the Gauchos won in the San Fernando Valley, 83-74. UCSB has won five of the last six games in the series. 

The Gauchos On The Road
The Gauchos are 6-4 in true road games this season and 8-4 overall in games away from home. When they lost 74-72 at Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 25 it ended a streak of four-straight wins away from home, but they got back on the winning track with a decisive 75-64 win at Hawaii on Feb. 6. Including the win over UH, they have won five of their last six games away from the Thunderdome, defeating Western Illinois at Logan, Utah on Dec. 21, Seattle on the road on Dec. 30, Cal State Northridge on Jan. 18 and UC Riverside on Jan. 23. The eight wins away from home are five more than UCSB won all of last season. 

21-Game Start The Best Since 2007-08
UCSB has won 15 of its first 21 games this season. The last time the Gauchos had a better record after 21 games was in 2007-08 when they opened the season at 16-5 en route to a school record 23 wins. Also, they have easily surpassed their win total from 2012-13 when they finished with an 11-20 record.

Williams Continues To Climb Scoring List
Alan Williams scored 16 points in UCSB's Jan. 18 win at Cal State Northridge, becoming the 26th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000 point mark. That same night, he moved from 26th to 25th on the all-time list, passing B.J. Bunton (1,003). On Feb.6  Williams scored 20 points in the Gauchos' win at Hawaii and he enters Thursday's game at Long Beach State with 1,126 in his career, 22nd all-time. His next targets on the list are Idris Jones (1,130), Eric McArthur (1,134) and Raymond Tutt (1,141). 

Williams Becomes Sixth Gaucho To 700 Rebounds
Alan Williams has been on a rebounding binge in recent games. In UCSB's Feb. 1 win over UC Davis, he became the first Gaucho in more than 24 years to record 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds in a game as he finished with 27 and 20. In the Feb. 6 win at Hawaii, Williams had 20 points and 17 rebounds. With 37 rebounds in the last two games, he is now averaging 11.4 per game, a figure that ranks him third in the nation. In addition, he now has 712 career boards and is the sixth UCSB player to exceed 700 in his career. Williams needs 12 rebounds to move past Chris Devine and into fifth all-time.

Alan Williams Is First Gaucho With 20/20 In 24 Years
Alan Williams had 27 points and 20 rebounds in the Feb. 1 over UC Davis and in doing so, he became the first UCSB player to have 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds in the same game since Eric McArthur had 28 points and 21 rebounds in a Jan. 29, 1990 overtime win over Cal State Fullerton. In fact, Williams' 20/20 performance was the first in regulation by a Gaucho since McArthur had 24 points and 20 rebounds in a Dec. 9, 1989 game against Loyola Marymount. 

Boswell Becomes Third Gaucho To Hit 200 Three-Pointers
Senior Kyle Boswell made three three-point baskets in the Gauchos' win over UC Davis and in doing so, became the third player in school history to make 200 career threes. While he did not make a three-pointer in the win at Hawaii, Boswell has exactly 200 and ranks third all-time. He joins James Powell (221) and Mark Hull (217) in the exclusive group and if he can remain healthy, could ultimately move into the top spot.

More Milestone Monitoring
With five blocked shots at Hawaii, Alan Williams now has 149 in his career, fourth on the school's all-time list. He needs six to move past Doug Muse into third. His 46 blocks this season are tied for 10th on the all-time single-season list. Kyle Boswell has 57 three-pointers this season and now has 200 in his career. He is third all-time and needs 22 to become the school's all-time leader. Also, Boswell needs 98 points to surpass 1,000 in his career. He would be the 27th UCSB player to do so. Zalmico Harmon has 107 assists through 21 games and needs 21 to move into all-time single season list.

A Magic Number
UCSB has allowed fewer than 70 points 14 times in 2013-14 and has gone 14-0 in those games. The Gauchos have held six of their last seven opponents under 70.   

Playing The Percentages
UCSB is shooting 47.7% from the field overall and allowing opponents to shoot just 39.6%. In their last game, the Gauchos limited Hawaii to a season-low 36.8% shooting. The Rainbow Warriors were the 10th opponent to shoot below 40.0% against UCSB and Santa Barbara is a perfect 10-0 in those games. 

A Rebounding Rebound
The Gauchos have an average rebound margin of +2.2 per game, a figure that ranks fourth in the Big West Conference. In recent games, however, the margin is even greater. In its last nine games, UCSB has outrebounded seven of its opponents and its average margin is +7.0 per game. In fact, in Big West games only, the Gauchos are second in the category at +5.8 per game.  

That 80's Show
The Gauchos have scored 80 or more points six times this season, including two of the last three games. They scored a season-high 86 points in a Nov. 12 win at UNLV and are a perfect 6-0 when they eclipse 80 points. Last year UCSB scored 80 or more points five times in 31 games

UCSB has been involved in a number of one-sided games this season and, in fact, has been on the winning side of most. The Gauchos have been involved in 11 games that were decided by 10 or more points and they have a record of 10-1 in those games. Santa Barbara has won its last three games in a row, all by at least 11 points. Also, of its six Big West wins, five have come by double-digits. Finally, seven of the Gauchos last eight wins were by 10 or more points.

The "Other" Williams
Junior forward Alan Williams continues to lead the Big West in scoring (23.1 ppg) and rebounding (11.4 rpg). He ranks seventh and third nationally in those categories. In the last four games, Williams is averaging 24.7 points and 14.0 rebounds per game. He has scored 20 or more points in five consecutive games and 15 times this season. He has been in double-figures in all 19 games in which he has played this season and he's scored 25 or more seven times. Williams has 10 double-doubles on the season, including each of the last three games. he has 27 double-doubles in his career. In the Gauchos' Feb. 1 win over UC Davis, he had 27 points and a caerer-high 20 rebounds to become the first UCSB player in 24 years to record a 20/20 game or, for that matter, a 20-rebound game. He also had a career-high four assists in the win over the Aggies. On Jan. 18 at Cal State Northridge, Williams became the 26th UCSB player to score 1,000 points in a career and now ranks 22nd with 1,126. On Nov. 29 he set a career-high and tied the school record for points in a game when he poured in 39 against South Dakota State. Williams tied a record also held by Orlando Johnson (currently with the Indiana Pacers) and Scott Fisher (currently an assistant coach at Hawaii). In that same game, he tied Greg Somogyi's school record with eight blocked shots. When he had 33 points and 15 rebounds on Jan. 11 vs. Cal Poly it marked the second time in his career that he had at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in a game. Last season, he had 32 points and 16 rebounds in a win at Cal State Northridge and in doing so, he became the first Gaucho since 1990 to produce such a game. Williams had five blocked shots in the Feb. 6 win at Hawaii, equaling his second highest total of the season. He now has 46 on the year, tied for tenth most in a single-season, and he has 149 in his career, fourth on UCSB's all-time list. He's had at least one blocked shot in 18 of his 19 games and two or more 13 times. Williams is a four-time Big West Player of the Week this season and he's earned the honor six times in the last two seasons. He was a First Team All-Big West selection in 2012-13 and was named Preseason All-Big West by the league's media and virtually every publication this season. Williams was also selected to the Lou Henson Preseason Mid-Major All-American Team and CollegeSportsMadness.com selected him 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 16 games, averaging 12.2 per game. Overall, he is averaging 11.3 points per game. He scored a season-low two points, both on free throws, in the Gauchos' Feb. 6 game at Hawaii. In that g game, Boswell attempted just two field goals, half of his previous season-low. On Feb. 1 vs. UC Davis, he made three three-point baskets and scored 15 points, his highest total since he scored 19 at Seattle on Dec. 30. Also, the three three-pointers gives Boswell 200 in his career and he is one of just three Gauchos to hit that mark. He needs 22 to become the school's all-time three-point field goal leader. He has 57 threes this season and he's made at least one three in 20 of 21 games. He has hit two or more 11 times and five or more four times. On Dec 30 at Seattle Boswell scored 19 points on 7-of-9 from the field overall and a blazing 5-of-6 from three-point territory. In December he was named to the Basketball Travelers Classic All-Tournament team as the Gauchos won two out of three games. In the second game of the tourney, he tied career-highs with 27 points and seven three-point baskets in an overtime loss to Utah State. On Jan. 18 at Cal State Northridge, Boswell set a career-high with eight assists. Against the Matadors he also set season-highs in free throws with nine and free throw attempts with 10. Boswell is second on the team in assists at 3.2 per game and he's had four or more 10 times. 

The Life Of Bryson
Michael Bryson had 18 points, three rebounds, two blocked shots, one assist and a steal in the Feb. 6 win at Hawaii. It was the 12th time this season that Bryson has scored in double-figures and it was his highest point total since he had a season-high 21 on Dec. 15 at San Digo. He also tied his season-high with 12 field goal attempts against the Rainbow Warriors. He enters the week ranked third on the team in scoring at 10.8 points per game and third in rebounding at 4.4 per game. He is also second in three-point baskets with 37 and after going without a three on Jan. 30 vs. UC Irvine, he had a pair on Feb. 1 vs. UC Davis and three more on Feb. 6 at Hawaii.  A two-time Big West Player of the Week this season, Bryson scored a season-high 21 points and made a season-high five threes on Dec. 15 at the University of San Diego. His personal best for points and three-pointers came in the Gauchos' game against Pacific at last year's Big West Tournament when he set a school record for points by a freshman with 29 and tied a freshman record with seven threes. On Dec. 3 at UCLA, Bryson collected the first double-double of his career with 15 points and 10 rebounds. He also set a personal standard with five assists against the Bruins. Since seeing his average slip to 10.1 per game after the Big West opener against Cal Poly, he has averaged 13.0 points per game in the last six. 

Taran It Up
Taran Brown made three three-point baskets and scored 13 points in UCSB's Feb. 6 win at Hawaii. Since scoring in double-figures just one time over a nine-game span, Brown has done it twice in the last three games and he's bumped his scoring average back to 7.8 points per game. On Jan. 30 vs. UC Irvine, he had 16 points and was a perfect 5-for-5 from outside the three-point arc. He also tied his season-high with four assists and added six rebounds against the Anteaters. Brown scored a career-high 23 on Nov. 21 at Colorado. In that same game, he made a career-high seven three-point baskets (in 10 attempts). Five of his eight double-figures scoring efforts came during a six-game span in late-November and early-December. His 31 three-point baskets rank third behind Kyle Boswell and Michael Bryson. After a stretch in which he made 10-of-43 three-point attempts, 23.3%, he has made nine of his last 16, 56.2%. Last season, Brown set a UCSB freshman record for three-point baskets with 58. He had a season-high eight rebounds in the opener against Hawaii-Pacific, but he has had seven in three other games and five or more 10 times.

Junior Zalmico Harmon continues to lead the Big West in assists at 5.1 per game and he is also first in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.82-to-1. In fact, Harmon ranks sixth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio. In UCSB's Jan. 25 game at Cal State Fullerton, he tied his career-high with 10 assists and he didn't commit a turnover. Harmon also had 10 assists in the Gauchos' Dec. 6 win over Cal. In the last five games, he has had 25 assists and a mere two turnover.s Harmon has had five or more assists 10 times this season, including nine times in the last 15 games and he's had at least four in 16 of 21 games and 14 of the last 17. Harmon is averaging 7.3 points per game. He had 10 points and made 4-of-5 shots in the Feb. 6 win at Hawaii. He had a season-high 14 on Nov. 29 vs. South Dakota State and 13 on Dec. 30 at Seattle. Overall he has scored 10 or more six times. For the season, Harmon has 28 turnovers in 648 minutes, an average of one turnover every 23.1 minutes. Harmon is fourth on the team with 14 threes and he tied his high with 3-of-4 on Jan. 23 at UCR. Finally, he leads the team in minutes played, is second to Alan Williams in average minutes per game (30.9) and he is the only player to play-in and start all 21 games.

Freshman Eric Childress is averaging 5.2 points, 3.21assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. He had six points, three rebounds and two assists on Feb. 6 at Hawaii. One game earlier, against UC Davis, he had eight points. The eight points were the most Childress had scored since he tied his career-high with 10 (all on free throws) on Dec. 30 at Seattle. He also had a career-high 10 on Nov. 21 at Colorado. On Jan. 23 at UC Riverside, Childress set a career-high with seven assists. He has also had six assists three times, once each against Colorado, South Dakota State and The Master's College. In the last 14 games Childress is averaging 6.5 points and 3.5 assists per game. Finally, his 22 steals on the season are the 11th highest total by a UCSB freshman.

Something's Brewing
Mitch Brewe is averaging 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds overall. His rebounding average is at its highest point all season and and in the last 10 games, he has been even better. Over the most recent 10-game span, Brewe has scored 57 points, 5.7 per game, and collected 48 rebounds, 4.8 per game. On Jan. 4 vs. the Master's College, he had his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Two games later, Brewe set a career-high with 12 points in a win over Long Beach State. Also, on Jan. 23, he had 11 points at UC Riverside, making 4-of-6 shots from the field overall. In the last game, at Hawaii, he had just two points, but he added eight rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Brewe has slso started to develop as a real threat from outside. He has made six three-point baskets in 11 attempts and he was 2-for-2 in wins over The Master's College and Long Beach State. Overall, his 51.7% shooting from the field is second on the team to Alan Williams among players with 40 or more attempts.  Brewe missed the first three games of the season with a knee injury, but he's played in the last 18 and made 15 starts.

Sam He Is
Sam Beeler is averaging 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. He has totaled just five points in the last five games, attempting only five shots over that span. The scoring respite comes on the heels of a 10-point effort on Jan. 18 at Cal State Northridge in which Beeler made all four of his field goal attempts. While he had just two points on Feb. 1 vs. UC Davis, he did tie his career-high with three blocked shots and he added three rebounds. His 14 total blocks rank Beeler fourth on the team behind Alan Williams, Taran Brown and Michael Bryson. Beeler scored a season-high14  points on Nov. 16 vs. Utah State. 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 and he's had three or more boards 10 times. Finally, as a freshman, he hit just 11-of-32 from the line, 34.4%, but this season he is 21-of-32, 65.6%.