UCSB Travels to Long Beach State Wednesday for Late-Night TV Game

Keegan Hornbuckle (Photo by Vince Agapito)
Keegan Hornbuckle (Photo by Vince Agapito)

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• This Week
Game No. 20
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 9:00 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

Game No. 21
Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Irvine Anteaters

at UCI's Bren Events Center - Irvine, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video Stream: BigWest.TV

UCSB-Long Beach State Game Moved To 9:00 PM, ESPNews
UC Santa Barbara's Jan. 30 game at Long Beach State has been moved from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Originally the game was scheduled to be televised on ESPNU, but has been shifted to ESPNews.    

• Woodstock's Watch Party Set For Wednesday
There will be a game watch party at Woodstock's Pizza in Isla Vista on Wednesday January 30th for the UCSB vs. LBSU game at 9pm. There will be food and drink specials starting at 8pm and continuing until the end of the game. There will be a score prediction game and Gaucho Basketball trivia during halftime with prizes for the winners.

• 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. Great seats for the showdown with Long Beach State, and for all games, are also available at the Thunderdome ticket office one hour prior to tip-off.

• 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 ninth year as the play-by-play voice of the Gauchos. Former Los Angeles Lakers and UCSB superstar 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.

Alan Williams Sidelined Indefinitely With Strained Hamstring  
Alan Williams, UCSB's leading scorer and rebounder, was injured while trying to block a shot with six minutes left in the first half of the game against Cal Poly on Jan. 19.  He was examined at halftime and held out the remainder of the Gauchos' double-overtime win.  Last week he was given a more thorough exam and it revealed a strained left hamstring tendon, an injury that sidelined him for games last weekend against Cal State Northridge and Hawai'i.  His return for this week's game at Long Beach State and UC Irvine is highly questionable.

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Wednesday's game at Long Beach State with an overall record of 7-12 and a Big West Conference mark of 3-5.  The Gauchos have lost their last two games, including a 78-73 decision to Hawai'i on Saturday afternoon in Santa Barbara.    

Williams Passes McCarthy For Third On Big West Conference Victory List
The Jan. 19 win over Cal Poly was the 143rd Big West Conference victory for head coach Bob Williams since his arrival at UCSB for the 1998-99 season.  The victory broke a tie with former New Mexico State head coach Neil McCarthy for third-place on the league's all-time list for conference wins.  Williams is 143-93.  With 244 overall wins as coach of the Gauchos, Williams is in fourth in that category, four behind McCarthy.   

Probable Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 11 T.J. Taylor- Scored career-high 11 points in loss to Hawai'i on Saturday. 
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Has 12 three-pointers on the year, all on the road.  
G 24 Michael Bryson - 11 of his 22 three-point baskets have come in last 6 games.  
F 35 Taran Brown- His 47 three-point baskets are a new UCSB freshman record.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Had career-highs 15 points, 6 rebounds on Jan. 14 vs. CSUN.

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1   Nate Garth - Had 8 points and 8 assists in just 22 minutes vs. Hawai'i.
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Back injury has him sidelined him indefinitely and he will redshirt.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Has averaged 8.5 points and made 7-of-9 shots in last 2 games.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Has scored 10 or more in 3 straight, 6 of 7 and 12 of last 14.
F 15 Alan Williams - Out indefinitely with strained left hamstring tendon.
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Averaged 18.3 minutes in last 3 games, 10.4 per game on the season.
G 32  John Green - Projected starter, broken bone in his foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Had career-highs of 4 points and 4 rebounds vs. Hawai'i.
G 43  Duke DaRé - Logged 11 minutes vs. Hawai'i, his highest total in league play.

The Gauchos And 49ers
UCSB has played Long Beach State more than any other opponent.  The 49ers and Gauchos have met 115 times and Long Beach holds a 60-55 all-time edge, winning 77-70 in Santa Barbara on Jan. 5.  LBSU also won all three games last season, including a 77-64 victory in the Big West Tournament Championship game.  The match-up in the league tourney final was the third straight between the schools.  UCSB won the first two.

The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 2-8 in road games this season, but won its last away game, a 66-59 victory at UC Davis on Jan. 12. After losing at LSU, Illinois State and Boise State, the Gauchos traveled to Santa Clara on Dec. 1 and recorded an overtime win for their only other road win of the season.  They then dropped five consecutive road contests: Dec. 6 at San Diego State, Dec. 18 at Cal, Dec. 21 at Wyoming, Dec. 29 at Cal State Fullerton and Jan. 10 at Pacific.  In 2011-12 the Gauchos went 7-7 in true road games and 9-8 in all games away from home, including 5-3 in Big West road games.  

Youth Is Served
The Gauchos' leading scorer is sophomore Alan Williams.  Their third leading scorer is freshman Taran Brown.  The fifth leading scorer is freshman Michael Bryson.  Of the 1,283 points that UCSB has scored through 19 games this season 899, or 70.1%, have been scored by freshmen or sophomores.  Of the team's 608 individual rebounds 511, or 84.0%, have been collected by freshmen and sophomores.  Finally, of the team's 86 blocked shots 86, or 100.0%, have been recorded by freshmen and sophomores.   

Gauchos Remain On Record Three-Point Pace
Although making just 9-of-28 three-point attempts in Saturday's loss to Hawai'i, UCSB remains on a school record pace for threes.  Through 19 games, the Gauchos are averaging 8.7 three-point baskets per game, a pace that would equate to approximately 270 over a 31-game season.  The current record of 242 was set over a 32 game schedule in 2007-08.  On Dec. 29 at Cal State Fullerton, UCSB made a season-high 15 three-point baskets, the third highest total in school history and the most since it made 16 against Arizona in the first found of the 2002 NCAA Tournament.  One game after making a season-high 15, the Gauchos hit for season-best 50.0% (13-of-26) in a Jan. 3 win over UC Irvine.  They've made 10 or more eight times this year.

Brown Breaks Freshman Three-Point Record 
Freshman Taran Brown made four three-point baskets in the Gauchos' game against Cal State Northridge on Jan. 24 and added another on Jan. 26 vs. Hawai'i giving him 47 on the season, a new UCSB freshman record.  With a minimum of 12 games to play, he will likely extend that record.  Brown broke a mark that had stood since 1990 when Idris Jones made 43.  Brown also has 19 blocked shots on the season, the fifth most by a freshman in school history.  As for his scoring, he has 242 points and needs just four to move past James Nunnally and into 10th all-time, and his scoring average of 12.7, if it remained the same, would be second all-time.  Another UCSB freshman, Michael Bryson, had two three-pointers on Saturday vs. Hawai'i and has 22 on the season.  He  needs just one more to move into ninth all-time.

A Turnover Bright Spot
After committing 18 turnovers, most of which were in the second half, in its Jan. 24 loss to Cal State Northridge, UCSB had a season-low eight in its Jan. 26 game against Hawai'i.  It marked just the second time this season that the Gauchos have had fewer than 10 turnovers - they had nine on Jan. 3 vs. UC Irvine - and it was just the second time this season they have had fewer turnovers than their opponent, the only other time coming on Dec. 15 vs. San Diego Christian.  UCSB also had 21 assists in the game against the Rainbow Warriors, its second-highest total of the season.  Point guards Nate Garth and T.J. Taylor combined for 12 assists and just one turnover against Hawai'i.   

Higher Field Goal Percentage = Victory...Usually
In 19 Gaucho games this season, the team that has shot a higher field goal percentage has won nearly every time.  Opponents have outshot UCSB on 11 occasions and gone a perfect 11-0.  The Gauchos have outshot the opponent eight times and gone 7-1.  The only exception to the pattern was on Jan. 24 when Santa Barbara shot 46.3% and Cal State Northridge made 43.1%.  The Matadors won that game, 75-69.

The "Other" Williams
Prior to straining his left hamstring tendon with six minutes to play in the first half on Jan. 19 vs. Cal Poly, sophomore Alan Williams had seven points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.  The injury, which occurred as Williams went up to block a shot and came down off-balanced, will keep him sidelined indefinitely.  He was coming off of a 28 point, 11 rebounds, four block shot game in a Jan. 12 win at UC Davis that represented the ninth double-double of the season for Williams and 11th of his career.  The 28 points were just one shy of his career-high and the most he has scored in a non-overtime game.  The nine double-doubles are the most by a Gaucho since Kealon Wallace had 10 in 1995-96.  He continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring (17.4 points per game), rebounds (9.9 per game) and blocked shots (2.4 per game).  Williams is nearly averaging a double-double and has scored 20 or more in two of his last three and four of his last six games.  The last Gaucho to finish the season averaging 10 or more points and 10 or more rebounds per game was Eric McArthur in 1990. On Dec. 1 at Santa Clara, Williams had a career-best game with 29 points and 17 rebounds.  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 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, he was named Big West Player of the Week.  In all, Williams has scored in double-figures 15 times in 17 games and he has tallied 20 or more six times, all in the last 11 games. Also, he has collected 10 or more rebounds 10 times.  In addition to his career-high 17 on Dec. 1 at Santa Clara, he had 16 in the Big West opener at Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 29.  Williams has 40 blocked shots this season, including 16 in his last five games.  He has at least one in six straight and 14 overall.  In fact, he has two or more 13 times.  He has a high of five twice, once each against San Diego and UC Irvine.  With his two blocked shots on Jan. 19 vs. Cal Poly, Williams now has 81 and has moved into eighth in school history.

Taran It Up
Freshman Taran Brown led the Gauchos with 15 points and six rebounds on Jan. 26 vs. Hawai'i, but he struggled with his shooting.  He was 7-of-23 overall and just 1-for-12 from three-point range.  Both attempt totals were career-highs.  Brown has scored 15 or more points in three straight games for the second time this season and he is now averaging 12.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He has scored in double-figures in six of the last eight games and 14 times overall this season.  On Dec. 29 at Cal State Fullerton, he made a career-high six three-point baskets and scored 20 points.  He has 20 or more three times.  Brown scored 22 and 20 in back-to-back games against Illinois State and The Master's College in mid-November becoming the first Gaucho freshman ever to score 20 or more in two straight games.  The 22 he had at Illinois State were the most by a UCSB freshman since James Nunnally had 22 against North Carolina on Nov. 21, 2008.  He is second on the team with 47 three-point baskets, the most ever by a Gaucho freshman.  Brown has had three or more three-pointers 11 times this season, including two of the last three games. He's made at least one in 16 of 19 games. While he is averaging 5.7 rebounds per game, he has led the team in rebounding in three straight, averaging 7.0 over that span.  Brown has 19 blocked shots on the year, the fifth most by a Gaucho freshman.  Finally, he recorded the first double-double of his career with 20 points and 13 rebounds vs. The Master's College on Nov. 17.   

Who's The Bos?
Junior Kyle Boswell scored 12 points in the Jan. 26 game against Hawai'i, making his first start since Nov. 24 at Boise State.  Boswell did, however, miss all three of his three-point attempts.  It was the first time he was without a three-pointer since Nov. 12 at Illinois State.  He had 15 points before fouling out of the Jan. 24 game against Cal State Northridge.  Boswell made 4-of-10 shots overall and 3-of-6 from three-point range.  In the previous game, a Jan. 19 double-overtime win over Cal Poly, he tied his career-high with 23 points, including six in the final 1:10 of the second overtime. Boswell was fouled while shooting a three-pointer with 1:10 left, making all three free throws, and then, with nine seconds and left trailing by one, he was fouled while making a lay-up, made the free throw and gave UCSB the 83-81 win.  It was the third time this season that Boswell has scored 23 in a game.  He also did so on Dec. 6 at San Diego State and Jan. 3 vs. UC Irvine.  In the game at SDSU, he also made a career-best seven three-point buckets, the most by a Gaucho since Joe See made eight at Utah State on Jan. 6, 2005. On the season, Boswell is now second on the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game.  He has been in double-figures 12 times in the last 14 games, including a career-long streak of six in a row prior to the Dec. 29 game at Cal State Fullerton.  Boswell has 51 threes on the year, an average of 2.7 per game, second in the Big West.  In 14 games since his scoring average dipped to a season-low 8.0 per game, Boswell has scored 207 points and averaged 14.8 per game, making 43-of-99 from three-point range over that span, 43.4%.  He had made at least one three-pointer in 16 consecutive games before Jan. 26.  He has now made one or more in 17 of 19 and two or more 14 times. Boswell  has 116 career threes in 275 attempts, 42.2%, the second highest percentage in school history. 

The World According To Garth 
After missing two games and playing just 22 minutes over a four-game span because of an ankle injury, Nate Garth has bounced back in the last three games, averaging 8.0 points and 6.3 assists over that span.  On Jan. 26 vs. Hawai'i, Garth had eight points and, for the second time in three games, eight assists. In a Jan. 19 double-overtime win over Cal Poly, he had 13 points and eight assists.  On the season, Garth is averaging a team-leading 4.2 assists per game and his assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3-to-1.0 is second on the team.  Garth has 28 assists and nine turnovers in his last six appearances, a 3.1-to-1.0 ratio.  On the season, the team's only senior is averaging 5.9 points  per game.  Garth had a career-high nine assists on Dec. 6 at San Diego State and has had five or more eight times in his 17 games.  

Taylor Made
Sophomore point guard T.J. Taylor has started the last seven games.  On Saturday against Hawai'i, Taylor scored a career-high 11 points while adding four assists and no turnovers.  In the last three games he has 15 assists and just three turnovers.  He has had four or more assists in eight straight games, all in Big West play, averaging 6.5 per game over that span. In the last four games, Taylor has 21 assists and just four turnovers.   On Jan. 5 vs. Long Beach State and Jan. 10 at Pacific, he had a career-high nine assists.  Taylor is averaging 4.4 points and 3.9 assists while shooting 44.8% overall and 41.9% from three-point range. In eight Big West games he is averaging 6.6 points and 6.5 assists per game while shooting 51.4% overall and 48.0% (12-of-25) from three-point range.  Over that span, he also has 52 assists and just 15 turnovers. Taylor leads the team with a 2.6-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio.

The Life Of Bryson
Freshman Michael Bryson looked to be off to a good start on Saturday against Hawai'i, making his first two three-point attempts early in the game.  Then, he got picked up three first half fouls and that was all she wrote  Bryson wound up playing just 14 minutes before fouling out of the game.  He finished with six points and two rebounds and is now averaging 5.8 points and 2.8 rebound per game.  In the last six games, Bryson has averaged 9.2 points per game and in the six games, he hit 11 three-point baskets, including two apiece in each of the last three games.  On Jan. 5 vs. Long Beach State, Bryson made five of his last seven shots, including three three-pointers, and scored a career-high 15 points.  He also had 10 points in a career-high 42 minutes as the Gauchos beat Cal Poly in double-overtime on Jan. 19.  In the last two games, however, he has played just 34 total minutes.  Bryson has played in 18 of the 19 games this season, missing the Nov. 17 contest against The Master's College with a strained back.  He is third on the team with 22 three-point baskets, having made two or more in nine games.  

Into The Fire
With the injury to Alan Williams, freshmen forwards Mitch Brewe and Sam Beeler went from the frying pan into the proverbial fire.  If you include the Jan. 19 game against Cal Poly when Williams went down with about six minutes to play in the first half, the Brewe-Beeler combination has scored 41 points (13.7 per game) and grabbed 25 rebounds (8.3 per game), while making 17-of-23 shots from the field, 73.9%.  Also in the three games, Beeler has five blocked shots while Brewe has three assists and two steals.  

Buckling Down
Junior forward Keegan Hornbuckle has battled injuries since he transferred to UCSB from Colorado following the 2009-10 season.  This year, after severely injuring his ankle over the summer and then re-injuring it in a Dec. 1 game at Santa Clara, Hornbuckle played in just four of the season's first 17 games for a total of 18 minutes.  In two games last week, however, he gave the Gauchos a glimpse of what could be.  In the Jan. 24 game against Cal State Northridge, he logged 13 minutes, making 4-of-5 shots overall and his only three-point attempt, finishing with nine points and four rebounds.  On Jan. 26, he played 21 minutes, making 3-of-4 shots overall and 2-of-3 from three-point range, finishing with eight points, two assists and two steals.