Gauchos Travel to Wyoming to Complete Preseason Schedule

Taran Brown (Photo by Kelly Cox)
Taran Brown (Photo by Kelly Cox)

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• This Week
Game No. 11
Friday, December 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Univ. of Wyoming Cowboys

at Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium - Laramie, Wyo.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
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Game No. 12
Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Fullerton Titans

at Fullerton's Titan Gymnasium - Fullerton, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
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• Single Game Tickets Available!
Single game tickets for all Gaucho men's and women's basketball games are now available and can be purchased in advance from the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here

• 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 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.  Fans can also catch Gaucho head coach Bob Williams every Thursday morning at 8:50 a.m. as he visits with Baron Ron Herron on "Bob and The Baron" on AM 1290.

Gauchos Travel To Wyoming For Final Preseason Game   
UC Santa Barbara will travel to Laramie, Wyo., for a game against the University of Wyoming on Friday, Dec. 21.  The game against the Cowboys will be the Gauchos final preseason game of the season and their penultimate non-conference game.  They will host an ESPNU BracketBuster game in February.  It will also be a rematch of a game between the schools on Nov. 28 in Santa Barbara.  Wyoming won that one handily, 68-40.

The UCSB Record
UCSB enters Friday's game at the University of Wyoming with a record of 4-6.  The Gauchos are coming off of a 68-59 loss at Cal on Tuesday night in Berkeley.  They have now split their last four games, defeating Santa Clara and San Diego Christian and losing to No. 15 San Diego State and Cal.

Late Comeback Isn't Enough, UCSB Loses At Cal, 68-59
After falling behind 58-36 midway through the second half on Tuesday night at Cal, UCSB closed the game on a 23-9 run, ultimately losing a 68-59 decision to the Golden Bears.  The Gauchos had a difficult time scoring inside and got back in the game by shooting from long distance.  For the second game in a row, Santa Barbara had 13 three-point baskets, a season-high.  In fact, UCSB was 13-of-30 from three-point range against Cal, 43.3%.  Junior Kyle Boswell made a team-high four three-point baskets, in 10 attempts, and finished with 12 points.  Freshman Taran Brown made 3-of-7 shots from beyond the three-point arc and finished with 11 points.  He also had four rebounds and three blocked shots.  Senior Nate Garth had one of his best all-around games as he had 11 points, all in the second half, a career-high six rebounds and six assists.  Sophomore Lewis Thomas was 3-for-4 from three-point range and scored a career-high nine points.  The Gauchos did struggle inside and were outscored by Cal inside the paint, 40-16.  The leading scorers for each team, sophomore Alan Williams for UCSB and junior Allen Crabbe for the Golden Bears, were each held in check.  Williams, who entered the game averaging better than 17 points a game and shooting better than 51-percent from the field, had eight points and made just 4-of-18 shots from the field.  Crabbe, who leads the Pac-12 in scoring at over 21 points per game, made just 4-of-12 field goal attempts overall, 1-of-4 from three-point range, and finished with 12 points.     

The Gauchos On The Tube 
UCSB's Big West opener at Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 29 will be televised by ESPNU.  The Gauchos games vs. Long Beach State (Jan. 5, Fox Prime Ticket at 4:00 p.m.), vs. Cal Poly (Jan. 19, Fox Prime Ticket at 4:00 p.m.), at Long Beach State (Jan. 30, ESPNU at 8:00 p.m.) and possibly vs. Cal State Fullerton (Mar. 7, ESPNU at 7:00 p.m.) will also be aired.  The home game against the Titans is one of two from which ESPN2 will choose to televise.  Additionally, the Feb. 23 ESPNU BracketBuster game, against an as yet unnamed opponent, could also be televised.  That decision will be made at the end of January.

Probable Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 1   Nate Garth - Had his best overall game of the year at Cal with 11 points, six rebounds, six assists.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Scored a career-high nine points in Tuesday's loss at Cal.  
F 15 Alan Williams - Had eight points at Cal, his first single-digit scoring game of the year.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Has had five rebounds in each of the last two games.  
F 35 Taran Brown- Has been in double-figures in eight of the last nine games.

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Back injury has him sidelined him indefinitely and he could redshirt.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Ankle sprain has him sidelined indefinitely.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Has made 19 out of 37 three-point attempts in the last four games, 51.4%.
G 11 T.J. Taylor- Made a three-point basket in each of the last two games.  
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Tied his career-high with three rebounds at Cal.
G 32  John Green - Projected starter, but broken bone in his foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Has recorded a DNP in three of the last four games.
G 43  Duke DaRé - Is a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line this season.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Has made 9-for-11 from the field in the last four games, 81.8%.

The Injury Roundup 
Junior forward Keegan Hornbuckle re-sprained his ankle in UCSB's Dec. 1 win at Santa Clara and has missed the last three games.  He remains sidelined indefinitely and most likely will not return until some point after the start of Big West play.  Freshman guard Aamahd Walker remains sidelined with a back injury.  Another freshman guard, John Green, expected to start this season, is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his foot. 

Youth Is Served
The Gauchos' leading scorer is sophomore Alan Williams.  Their second leading scorer is freshman Taran Brown.  The fifth leading scorer is freshman Michael Bryson.  Of the 667 points that UCSB has scored through 10 games this season 480, or 72.0%, have been scored by freshmen or sophomores.  Of the team's 335 individual rebounds 284, or 84.8%, have been collected by freshmen and sophomores.  Finally, of the team's 49 blocked shots 49, or 100.0%, have been recorded by freshmen and sophomores.  The Gauchos have just one senior on their roster - Nate Garth - and in a preseason survey of NCAA Division I schools, were ranked the third youngest team, trailing only Navy and Dartmouth. 

Three For All 
UCSB made a season-high 13 three-point baskets in each of its last two games - a win over San Diego Christian on Dec. 15 and Tuesday's loss at Cal.  Those repeat season-highs came one game after the Gauchos made a previous season-high 12 threes in a loss at San Diego State, and that previous season-high came one game after a previous, previous season-high of 11 in a win at Santa Clara.  After making 17-of-61, 27.9%, in the three games prior to the game at Santa Clara, the Gauchos have made 49-of-116, 42.2%, in the last four games.  They have made better than 40.6% in each of the last four games after previously recording a season-best 37.0% on Nov. 17 against The Master's College.  Leading the assault in the last three games has been junior guard Kyle Boswell.  After making 4-of-8 at Santa Clara, he had a career-best night at San Diego State by draining 7-of-10 and then followed that up with 4-of-9 against San Diego Christian and 4-of-10 at Cal.  In his first six games this season, Boswell was 10-of-34 from outside the three-point arc, in the last four games he made 19-of-37, 51.4%.  Finally, as a team, UCSB is averaging 8.9 three-point baskets per game and 24.5 three-point attempts per game.  If the Gauchos maintain that pace and play 30 games, they would finish with 267 threes on 735 attempts, easily a pair of new school records.  The current records at 242 threes (2007-08) and 590 attempts (2007-08 and 2000-01). 

The "Other" Williams
Sophomore Alan Williams continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring (16.3 points per game), rebounds (9.7 per game) and blocked shots (2.3 per game), but he had his first real sub-par offensive game of the season in the loss at Cal.  Williams finished with eight points, but made just 4-of-18 shots from the field and missed both of his free throw attempts.  The 18 field goal attempts were a career high.  He did have 12 rebounds, two blocked shots and two assists in the game against the Golden Bears.  Williams was coming off of one of his best all-around games, a 24-point, 12-rebound, three-blocked shot effort against San Diego Christian, his fourth double-double of the season and sixth of his career.   The 24 points were his second-highest total ever.  On Dec. 1 at Santa Clara, Williams had a career-best game with 29 points and 17 rebounds.  He also had career-highs of 39 minutes played, 11 free throws and 15 free throw attempts in the win over the Broncos.  That performance was the first time a Gaucho has had 25 or more points and 15 or more rebounds in the same game since Jan. 29, 1990 when Eric McArthur had 28 points and 21 rebounds against Cal State Fullerton.  The 17 boards were the most by a UCSB player since Josh Merrill collected 18 against Westmont on Dec. 7, 1996. For his efforts, Williams was named Big West Player of the Week.  Prior to the game at Cal, he was the only Gaucho to score in double-figure in every game this season.  With three blocked shots on Tuesday, Williams now has 64 for his career, in just 40 games, a total that moved him into 10th on UCSB's all-time career list.  This year he has a high of five on Nov. 21 against San Diego and he's had at least one in eight of 10 games and, in fact, he's had at least two in eight of 10.  Finally, Williams has five games this season with 12 or more rebounds.  Only one other Gaucho has at least 10. 

Taran It Up
After playing a season-low 19 minutes against San Diego Christian, freshman Taran Brown logged 31 in Tuesday's game at Cal.  Brown scored 11 points, had four rebounds, two assists, three blocked shots and a steal.  He made 3-of-7 three-point attempts.  Brown remains second on the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game and rebounding at 5.8 per game.  He is also second in three-point baskets with 27.  He is the leading freshman scorer in the Big West Conference.  Brown made 3-of-7 three-point baskets against the Golden Bears after having consecutive games when he went 4-for-9 at San Diego State and 4-for-7 vs. San Diego Christian.  In fact, he has had at least one three-pointer in nine straight, two or more in six straight and eight of nine, and three or more in four straight, five of six and seven of nine.   Since making just 1-for-10 from the field, scoring three points and collecting one rebound in the season-opener at LSU, Brown  has averaged 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 43.2% overall and 41.5% from beyond the three-point arc.  On Nov. 12 he scored a season-high 22 points at Illinois State and in the next game, Nov. 17 vs. The Master's College, he had his first career double-double with 20 points and 13 boards.  Brown became the first freshman in school history to record consecutive games of 20 or more points. 

Who's The Bos?
Junior Kyle Boswell is the Bos, that's who's the Bos.  Boswell had 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting from beyond the three-point arc, and overall, in the game at Cal on Tuesday.  He has been on a big-time roll from beyond the three-point stripe in the last four games.  In the first of the four, an OT win at Santa Clara on Dec. 1, Boswell made 4-of-8 three-point attempts and scored 15 points.  Significantly, it was his three-pointer at the buzzer to end regulation which sent the game into the overtime and allowed UCSB to win.  In his next outing, at nationally-ranked San Diego State on Dec. 6, Boswell had his best game ever as he made a career-high seven three-pointers, in 10 attempts, and scored a career-high 23 points.  The seven threes were the most by a Gaucho since Joe See made eight at Utah State on Jan. 6, 2005.  He followed that up with 17 points, four three-pointers and a career-high seven assists on Dec. 15 vs. San Diego Christian.  In the last four games, Boswell has made 19-of-37 shots from outside the arc, 51.4%.  On the season, he is now averaging 11.7 points per game, but in the last four games he is scoring at a 16.7 points per game clip.  Going back one more game, he has scored in double-figures in five straight, the longest run of his career.  Boswell now leads the team with his 29 threes.  He started the first five games for the Gauchos this season, but in the last five he has returned to a role that he became very familiar with last season.  In the last five, Boswell was called on to come off the bench and spark UCSB.  

The World According To Garth 
Point guard Nate Garth had, arguably, the best game of his UCSB existence on Tuesday's at Cal.  The team's only senior had 11 points, six assists and a career-high six rebounds.  He scored all 11 of his points in the second half as the Gauchos rallied from 22 down to ultimately lose 68-59.  Garth has started all 10 games this season and leads the team in assists with an average of 4.2 per game.  In the Dec. 6 game at San Diego State, Garth had a career-high nine assists.  Since going assist-less in the season opener at LSU, he has 42 in nine games, 4.7 per game, and since totaling three in the first two games, he has averaged 4.9 per game.  Garth has five or more assists in three of the last four games and five times this season.  Also, he has played 20 minutes or more in each of the last four games, the first time he's played 20 or more in four straight games since last season.  In addition to his 4.2 assists per game, Garth is averaging 5.8 points per outing, fourth on the team.  He had a season-high 12 on Nov. 17 vs. The Master's College.  He has made at least one three-pointer in three straight games, a first for him, and has four of his seven over that span.

Aussie Rules 
Sophomore forward Lewis Thomas scored a career-high nine points, all on three-point baskets, in UCSB's game at Cal.  It's not an accident that Lewis was 3-of-4 from three-point range against the Golden Bears.  The Perth native has now made 8-of-18 three-point attempts on the season, going 8-of-14 on the road, 57.1%, and 0-for-4 at home, 00.0%.  Anyone could have figured out that last percentage.  Thomas, who has started nine of 10 games this season, is averaging 3.6 points per game overall, including 4.3 per game on the road and 2.5 per game at home.  His rebounding, which at 4.3 per game ranks third on the team, has been solid everywhere.  He had a career-high nine on Nov. 17 vs. The Master's College, but he's had six in three other games, including the last two.    

Taylor Made
Sophomore point guard T.J. Taylor is third on the Gauchos at 2.2 assists per game and he had a career-high six, without a turnover, in the team's Dec. 1 overtime win at Santa Clara.  After scoring a total of four points in his previous five games, Taylor scored three in UCSB's Dec. 15 win over San Diego Christian and three more on Tuesday at Cal.  All of his points in the last two games have come on three-pointers.  Of his 30 points on the season, 20 came in consecutive 10-point games against Illinois State and The Master's College in mid-November.  

The Life Of Bryson
Freshman Michael Bryson is averaging 5.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.  He has played in nine of the 10 games this season, missing most of the Nov. 12 game at Illinois State and all of the Nov. 17 contest against The Master's College with a strained back.  Bryson ranks third on the team with 11 three-point baskets, having made two in five different games and one on Tuesday at Cal.  He scored a season-high 10 points in UCSB's opener at LSU.  Bryson had a season-high seven rebounds on Nov. 21 at Boise State and he has had five in each of the last two games, vs. San Diego Christian and Cal.   

Sam He Is
Freshman Sam Beeler had his best game in front of his hometown fans.  On Dec. 6 at San Diego State he made all four of his field goal attempts and had career-highs of eight points and five rebounds.  In the next game, against San Diego Christian, he had six points and made all three of his field goal attempts.  Going back three games, Beeler had made eight consecutive field goal attempts, but that streak ended on Tuesday at Cal when he had two points on 1-for-3 from the field.