Dec. 1, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara played the part of a generous host on Tuesday night and Santa Clara was the happy visitor.
Kevin Foster scored 18 points, Marc Trasolini had 13, and the visiting Broncos forced 23 UCSB turnovers, including 15 in the first half, en route to a 79-68 win on Tuesday night.
The Gauchos (4-1) led 10-7 five minutes into the game but Santa Clara (4-3) ended the half with a 35-19 run to take a commanding 42-29 lead at the break. In addition to the 15 turnovers, Santa Barbara shot just 34.8% in the first half. Raymond Cowels scored all 13 of his points in the pivotal first 20 minutes, making 5-of-7 shots, including three three-pointers.
UCSB tried to scratch back in the second half, but Santa Clara's lead remained in double-figures until a three-pointer by James Nunnally with 2:29 left pulled the Gauchos within nine, 68-59.
Bronco guard Troy Alexander was fouled on the next possession, netting both free throws to make it 70-59. After Will Brew made one of two free throws on the other end, Alexander was fouled again when UCSB's Justin Joyner tried for a steal. He made the first free throw and missed the second, but Trasolini rebounded and got the ball to Michael Santos, who was fouled and made one of two free throws to give Santa Clara a 72-60 with 1:41 left in the game.
Santa Barbara cut the lead to nine on two more occasions, but could never get closer as the Broncos made 7-of-10 free throws in the final minute.
UCSB was led by freshman guard Chris Brew who made all five of his field goal attempts and finished with 12 points. Orlando Johnson had 11 points and a game-high seven rebounds for the Gauchos. Justin Joyner, playing a season-high 17 minutes, had five assists, three steals and just one turnover.
"Chris showed us what he is capable of offensively," continued. "He can really get to the rim and create. Justin just competes. He is still hurting (ankle), but he was diving on the floor and making good decisions, and Jordan just played so hard when he was in."
Williams found little else to be pleased with from his team.
"I didn't think that any of our five bigs played well," he said. "I also didn't think that our wings had a good game. They are good players, they just didn't have a good game."
The Gauchos will have a chance to show improvement when they host San Diego State on Saturday, Dec. 5. The game will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome. The game against the Aztecs will be UCSB's last home game until Jan. 8.
Men's and women's basketball single game tickets are now on sale. You can purchase tickets by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus or to buy online and print at home, click here.
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.
All men's and women's basketball games will be broadcast live on AM 1490 and AM 990 again this year, and those games will also be available online, by clicking here.. And, UCSB Athletics is proud to announce that the baseball team will have over 20 games broadcast live on the air and through our website, UCSBgauchos.com.