Gauchos Host Montana State in Saturday Thunderdome Matinée

Devearl Ramsey (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Devearl Ramsey (Photo by Tony Mastres)

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Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (PST)
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Montana State Bobcats

at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif.
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The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters its Saturday afternoon game against Montana State with a record of 2-1. The Gauchos split a pair of road games to open the season, winning at Wyoming and losing at North Dakota State, before winning their home opener on Nov. 13 over Cal Lutheran. In 2017-18, UCSB finished with an overall record of 23-9 and a Big West Conference mark of 11-5. The 23 wins equaled the most in school history and the 11-5 league record was good for second-place. The Gauchos also went 12-2 in home games and 9-6 in true road games.

UCSB Has Record Breaking Home Opener
Ami Lakoju scored a career-high 16 points, Amadou Sow added a career-best 15 and Robinson Idehen had a career-high 10 to lead UCSB to a resounding 88-32 win in its home opener against Cal Lutheran on Tuesday. The 56-point margin was one point better than the previous school record of 55 set in 1971. The Gauchos jumped out to a 50-15 lead at half and never looked back. They limited the Kingsmen to a paltry 9-of-57 shooting from the field, 15.8%, and 3-of-25 from three-point range, 12.0%. Meanwhile, Santa Barbara hit 39-of-67 field goals overall, 58.2%, including 34-of-52 from two-point range, 65.4%. Five different UCSB players had three or more assists, led by Zack Moore who had a career-high seven. The Gauchos also won the rebounding battle by a 53-29 margin, led by Sékou Touré with eight. 

Heidegger is Day-to-Day
Junior guard Max Heidegger, a First Team All-Big West choice in 2017-18 when he averaged 19.1 points per game, has yet to play for UCSB this season. Heidegger remains day-to-day as he battles concussion symptoms. 

UCSB Looks to Build on Big Turnaround
In 2016-17, the Gauchos went 6-22 overall and 4-12 in the Big West. Last season's team went 23-9, a 17-win improvement, the largest increase in victories in Big West Conference history and it equaled the most massive regular season improvement in NCAA history. In fact, last year's UCSB team became just the fourth Big West program to go from a season with a single-digit win total to 20 or more wins the following year. 

Pasternack Most Successful First-Year Coach in UCSB History
UCSB's 23-9 record in 2017-18 made Joe Pasternack the most successful first-year head coach in Gaucho history. Prior last season, Art Gallon's 15-10 mark in 1957-58 and Bob Williams' 15-13 in 1998-99 were the two best records for a first-year coach. 

The Opponents
UCSB and Montana State have played 11 times in a series that began in 1972. According to our records, the Gauchos hold a 10-1 all-time edge over the Bobcats, including a 91-69 win in Bozeman on Dec. 9, 2017. UCSB is 5-2 all-time against Portland State, but the teams have not played since 1981. Finally, the Gauchos are 10-8 all-time against Idaho, a former Big West Conference foe.

The Gauchos at the Thunderdome
In 2017-18, UCSB opened the regular season with an 11-0 record at the Thunderdome, equaling the longest streak to open a home schedule in school history. The team finished with an outstanding 12-2 home record last season. 

UCSB's Possible Starters
1 - Ar'Mond Davis - G - Has averaged 10.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in the last two games. 
2 - Jarriesse Blackmon - F - Started all three games...Tied career highs with eight rebounds, three blocks at Wyoming.
3 - JaQuori McLaughlin - G - Played season-low 11 minutes vs. Cal Lutheran but had a season-high four assists.
4 - Devearl Ramsey - G - Leads the team in assists with 10...Scored career-high 14 points on 11/6 at Wyoming.
12 - Amadou Sow - F - Had career-highs of 15 points and three blocked shots on 11/13 vs. Cal Lutheran.

UCSB's Possible Reserves
0 - Sékou Touré - G - Had career-highs of eight rebounds and five assists on 11/13 vs. Cal Lutheran.
5 - Jay Nagle - F - Has attempted eight shots in 49 minutes, all from three-point range and he's 5-for-8.
10 - Maxwell Kupchak F 6-7 205 Sr. Played in back-to-back games and scored his first basket of the season vs. Cal Lutheran.
14 - Ami Lakoju - F - Scored career-high 16 points in just 12 minutes on 11/13 vs. Cal Lutheran.
21 - Max Heidegger - G - Is day-to-day with concussion symptons and has yet to play this season.
23 - Christian Terrell - G - Made all four of his field goal attempts and had eight points vs. Cal Lutheran.
34 - Zack Moore - G - Had career-high seven assists on 11/13 vs. Cal Lutheran...Is 3-for-3 in three-pointers.
35 - Robinson Idehen - F - Scored career-high 10 on 11/13 vs. Cal Lutheran...Is 8-for-11 in last two games, 72.7%.
40 - Andrew Pickles - F - Recorded a DNP in UCSB's first three games.

Gauchos Break Pair of Records in Win Over Cal Lutheran
UCSB broke a pair of old standing records in their 88-32 win over Cal Lutheran on Tuesday. The 56-point margin of victory was one more than the previous record of 55 set in a 123-68 win over Cal Poly Pomona on January 3, 1971. In addition narrowly breaking the victory margin record, the Gauchos also broke the school record for fewest points allowed in the shot clock era. The previous record of 33 was set on January 10, 1994 in a 53-33 win over Utah State.

Post Players Have Career Game vs. Cal Lutheran
All three members of UCSB's post rotation had career-best games in the blowout win over Cal Lutheran on Tuesday. Freshman Amadou Sow needed just 14 minutes to score a career-high 15 points on 5-of-6 field goal attempts and 5-of-7 free throw attempts. He added seven rebounds and a career-high three blocked shots as well. Senior Ami Lakoju displayed even more instant offensive against the Kingsmen as he notched a career-high 16 points on 8-of-13 from the field, in a mere 12 minutes. He also collected four rebounds. Sophomore Robinson Idehen logged 15 minutes and contributed career-highs for points (10), rebounds (seven) and blocked shots (three). Combined, the post trio played 41 minutes, made 18-of-27 field goal attempts, 66.7%, and scored 41 points. They also added six blocked shots and 18 rebounds. 

Approaching the Bench
While the 2017-18 Gauchos posted an outstanding 23-9 record, it often did so while getting minimal contributions from its bench. Beginning with its season opener at Wyoming, the bench played has been more than solid this season. Against the Cowboys it pivotal role in a 76-66 win, combining for 23 points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists. Most impressively, the four players off the bench who scored – Jay Nagle, Zack Moore, Christian Terrell and Sékou Touré – went 7-for-7 from the field overall and 5-for-5 from three-point territory. In the loss at North Dakota State, the bench went 7-for-12 from the field with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Touré led the way with a career-high 10. In the win over Cal Lutheran, the eight players that came off the bench went 25-for-43 from the field, scored 53 points and added 33 rebounds. Ami Lakoju and Robinson Idehen led the way against the Kingsmen with career-highs of 16 and 10 points respectively. Touré had a career-high eight rebounds. 

Sow Starts From the Start
Freshman Amadou  Sow has started all three games this season and when he started the season opener at Wyoming he became the first freshman to start for the Gauchos since Gabe Vincent was in the starting lineup in a season opener at Kansas in 2014. Sow scored eight points and collected a team-high 11 rebounds in his 32 minutes of action in Laramie, becoming the first UCSB freshman to record a double-digit rebound game since Alan Williams had 10 in a game against Cal Poly on Mar. 9, 2012. 

Searching for the Three-Point Shot
UCSB has yet to find its range from three-point distance. As a team, the Gauchos have made just 15-of-46 three-point attempts, 32.6%. In fact, if remove two reserves – Jay Nagle and Zack Moore – from that mix, the team has made 7-of-35 shots from three-point territory, 20.0%. On the other hand, UCSB has done significant damage inside the three-point arc as it has gone 68-of-122, 55.7%. The Gauchos have nine players shooting 50.0% or above.

• UCSB Gets Defensive
Last season, UCSB opponents averaged 69.1 points per game while making 43.1 of their field goals overall and 34.5% from three-point territory. Through three games this season, things are looking up defensively. The trio of Gaucho foes are averaging 60.0 points per game while shooting 33.5% overall and 21.7% from beyond the three-point arc. In addition, Santa Barbara has piled up 16 blocked shots (5.3 per game) and 15 steals (5.0 per game)

Share and Share Alike
After combining for just 14 total assists in their first two games, the Gauchos had 26 in their win over Cal Lutheran. In the victory over the Kingsmen, four players had at least four assists, led by Zack Moore who had a career-high seven. Devearl Ramsey and Sékou Touré each added five.

Gauchos by the Numbers
In 2017-18, UCSB set  school records with 2,425 points on the season, 90 more than the previous high of 2,335 set in 2015-16, and 257 three-point baskets. On the flip side, the Gauchos allowed 2,211 points, the second most in school history and just eight fewer than the record. They also ranked among the top-10 all-time in several other statistical categories. UCSB had an average scoring margin of +6.7 (7th), 877 field goals (2nd), 1,891 field goal attempts (3rd), 1,176 rebounds (9th), 481 assists (4th) and 118 blocked shots (t-9th).