SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Luke Martinez made five three-point baskets and scored 17 points and Larry Nance, Jr., scored 12 points to help Wyoming remain undefeated with a 68-40 win at UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday night.
The Cowboys improve to 7-0 while the Gauchos fall to 2-4 on the season.
The Cowboys scored the first six points of the game before the Gauchos went on a 7-0 run to take their only lead of the game, 7-6. Freshman Michael Bryson completed the run with a three-point basket.
But Martinez and Nance seemed to have the answer every time UCSB tried to claw into Wyoming's lead. Nance ended the Gauchos' 7-0 run with a lay-up, a slam dunk and a pair of free throws and Martinez made the first of his three-pointers to push the lead back to eight, 15-7. Santa Barbara would pull within 16-13 with 9:43 left in the half, but never got closer.
Martinez made three of his three-pointers in the first half as his team built a 34-21 advantage. The Gauchos never got closer than 10 points in the second half and the largest lead was the final 28-point margin.
UCSB was led by Alan Williams who finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Williams, however, picked-up his fourth foul just three minutes into the second half and was forced to the bench until there was just 9:09 remaining in the game. He lasted less than two minutes before committing his fifth foul and leaving for good. Kyle Boswell added 10 points.
"I'm not sure I can remember a game at home when we shot worse than that," said Gaucho head coach Bob Williams. "For the most part, I thought we got open looks, but it just wouldn't fall. I was also disappointed at our turnovers again. I thought, if anything, there were worse turnovers than the last game (at Boise State), and that's not good. We need to get better, and we will."
The Gauchos struggled offensively all night and finished with their lowest point total of the season. They made just 16-of-56 shots from the field overall, 28.6%, and 6-of-24 from outside the three-point arc, 25.0%. UCSB also committed 18 turnovers that led to 22 Wyoming points.
The Gauchos will play their next two games on the road, traveling to Santa Clara on Saturday, Dec. 1 and San Diego State on Thursday, Dec. 6. Both games can be heard live on KZSB AM 1290 in Santa Barbara on online at UCSBgauchos.com.
UCSB returns home on Dec. 15 to host San Diego Christian at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome. Tickets are available from the ticket office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here.