UCSB Hosts Pacific Saturday Night, Lucius Davis Becomes 'Legend of the 'Dome' in Halftime Ceremony

Lucius Davis (Photo by Doug Farrell)
Lucius Davis (Photo by Doug Farrell)

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Game No. 23
Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Univ. of the Pacific Tigers

at UCSB's Thunderdome - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video Stream: BigWest.TV

 Davis Introduced As Legend Of The 'Dome On Saturday
Saturday's game will not only mark the final Big West regular season match-up between UC Santa Barbara and Pacific, it will also be the night that former Gaucho great Lucius Davis becomes the fifth men's basketball Legend of the 'Dome.  Davis (1988-92) helped lead the program to three postseason appearances, including its only Division I NCAA Tournament victory in 1990, and he was named Big West Player of the Year  and Honorable Mention All-American in 1992.  The banner saluting him will be unveiled at halftime of the game. Fans can purchase tickets for the Legend of the 'Dome night by clicking here.

• 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.

 Gauchos Host Sacramento State In Ramada World Wide BracketBuster Game
UCSB will host Sacramento State in a Ramada World Wide BracketBusters game on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m.  The game against the Hornets will mark the Gauchos ninth, and final, appearance in the BracktBusters series.  In their first eight games, they have gone 4-4 with wins over Utah State, San Jose State, Fresno State and Montana State and losses to Detroit, Eastern Washington, Utah State and Boise State.

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Saturday's game against Pacific with an overall record of 7-15 and a Big West Conference mark of 3-8.  The Gauchos have lost their last five games, including Thursday's 64-56 decision to UC Davis.  Last week, Santa Barbara suffered back-to-back road heartbreakers at Long Beach State (57-55) and UC Irvine (62-60).   

Injury Update: A Mixed Bag  
On Feb. 2 at UC Irvine, Alan Williams, UCSB's leading scorer and rebounder, returned to the lineup after missing three full games and most of a fourth with a strained left hamstring tendon.  He played 24 minutes before fouling out and had 22 points, eight rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.  He also had a double-double on Thursday against UC Davis.  That's the good news.  There is also some bad news.  Nate Garth, the only senior on the team, injured his left hamstring on Jan. 30 at Long Beach State and is out indefinitely.  In practice the day before the Gauchos'  game at Irvine, freshman Mitch Brewe suffered a fractured left index finger and is out the remainder of the season.  Finally, Keegan Hornbuckle, who was just beginning to round into shape, came down on someone's foot in the game against the Anteaters and sprained his right ankle, forcing him to leave the game.  He too is out indefinitely.

Icy UCSB Falls To UC Davis
UCSB missed its first nine three-point attempts on Thursday night and that set the tone for a 64-56 loss to visiting UC Davis.  When Kyle Boswell hit the first of his four three-pointers in the waning seconds of the first half, it ended the streak of nine straight misses.  While Boswell would finish 4-for-7 from outside the arc with 14 points, the rest of the Gauchos were just 1-for-20 in the defeat.  UCSB never led in the game.  Sophomore Alan Williams, playing his second game after missing almost four full contests, had his 10th double-double of the year with 15 points and 13 rebounds.  Freshman Michael Bryson scored 13 and added eight boards.  Santa Barbara trailed by as many as 16 points and never got closer than seven in the second half.  Corey Hawkins led the Aggies with 20 points and nine rebounds.    

Probable Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 11 T.J. Taylor- Has had at least four assists in 10 of 11 Big West games. 
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Has scored 10 or more in six straight, 9 of 10 and 15 of last 17.
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Career-high 11 at CSF on Dec. 29, has 7 points in 10 games since.
F 15 Alan Williams - Scored 15 and had 13 boards vs. UC Davis, his 10th double-double.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds Thursday vs. UC Davis. 

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1   Nate Garth - Pulled hamstring on Jan. 30 at LBSU and is out indefinitely.
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Back injury will force him to redshirt.
F 5 Keegan Hornbuckle- Sprained his right ankle on Feb. 2 at UCI and is out.
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Fractured finger on left hand will sideline him for the season.
G 32  John Green - Projected starter, broken bone in his foot has him sidelined indefinitely.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Has scored in consecutive games for first time since early-January.
F 35 Taran Brown- Came off the bench on Thursday, a first for him.
G 43  Duke DaRé - Walk-on guard had career-highs of 4 assists, 21 minutes vs. UC Davis.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Has made 24 of his last 34 field goal attempts, 70.6%.

The Opponents
UCSB and Pacific have played 107 games through the years with the Tigers holding a 54-53 advantage, including an 80-62 win on Jan. 10 in Stockton.  Prior to the January game, the Gauchos had won four in a row between the schools, including a 72-52 decision in the first round of the 2012 Big West Tournament.  UCSB also defeated the Tigers in the 2011 tourney.

The Gauchos At Home 
UCSB is 5-5 at home this season after dropping its last three in a row to UC Davis, Hawai'i and Cal State Northridge. After opening the year with Thunderdome wins over The Master's College and the University of San Diego, the Gauchos lost a game to Wyoming.  On Dec. 15, they defeated San Diego Christian and on Jan. 3 they topped UC Irvine.  After a loss to Long Beach State, they bounced back with a Jan. 19 double-overtime win over Cal Poly, but they've not won since. 

The Gauchos' five-game losing streak is the program's longest since it lost five in a row in December of 2002.  This marks the Gauchos longest Big West losing streak since 1998 when they dropped eight in succession.

Marginally Different
The Gauchos began the year by playing six straight games decided by 14 points or more.  In fact, eight of their first nine, win or lose, were decided by 14 or more.  The last seven games?  Not so much.  Each of the last seven contests have been decided by eight points or fewer and three have been by two points.  On Thursday they lost an eight-point game, 64-56, to UC Davis.  Last weekend, UCSB dropped road games at Long Beach State and UC Irivine by two points each and both games were decided with under 10 seconds to play.  In fact, the Gauchos have lost five straight games by a combined 23 points, an average of 4.6 points per game.  Before the current run of close losses, Santa Barbara was perfect in games decided by five or fewer points with wins over Santa Clara (three points in overtime), UC Irvine (three points) and Cal Poly (two points in double-overtime).      

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 143-99.  With 244 overall wins as coach of the Gauchos, Williams is in fourth in that category, four behind McCarthy.  

Youth Is Served
The Gauchos' leading scorer is sophomore Alan Williams.  Their third leading scorer is freshman Taran Brown and the fourth leading scorer is freshman Michael Bryson.  Of the 1,454 points that UCSB has scored through 22 games this season 1,017, or 69.9%, have been scored by freshmen or sophomores.  Of the team's 706 individual rebounds 602, or 85.3%, have been collected by freshmen and sophomores.  Also, of the team's 97 blocked shots 97, or 100.0%, have been recorded by freshmen and sophomores. Finally, of the 4,475 minutes played by all Gaucho players this season, 3,208 have been played by freshmen and sophomores, 71.7%.  

Gauchos Limping To Three-Point Record
UCSB remains on a record-setting pace for three-pointers, but that doesn't tell the entire story.  The Gauchos are limping towards the record.  In Thursday's loss to UC Davis, they made just 5-of-27 shots from beyond the arc, 18.5%.  In fact, all players without the name Kyle Boswell (he was 4-for-7), were a combined 1-for-20, 5.0%.  In the last three games, UCSB has made just 17-of-70 three-point attempts, 24.3%, but through 22 games, the Gauchos are averaging 8.32 three-point baskets per game, a pace that would equate to approximately 250 over a 30-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 round 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, but just once in the last nine games.

The "Other" Williams
Sophomore forward Alan Williams recorded his 10th double-double of the season on Thursday night when he had 15 points and 13 rebounds against UC Davis.  Williams returned to the Gaucho lineup at UC Irvine on Feb. 2 after missing three full games and most of a fourth with a strained left hamstring tendon. He was injured in the first half of UCSB's Jan. 19 game against Cal Poly.  In his return against the Anteaters, Williams had 22 points, eight rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot in 24 minutes before fouling out.  It marked the seventh time this season that he has scored 20 or more points in a game and he has done so five times in his last eight appearances.  He has 10 double-doubles on the season - the most since Kealon Wallace had 10 during the 1995-96 season - and 12 in his career.  Williams continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring (17.5 points per game), rebounds (10.0 per game), blocked shots (2.2 per game) and steals (19).  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 marked 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 17 times in 19 games.  Also, he has collected 10 or more rebounds 11 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.   The 13 he had Thursday equaled the third-highest of his career.  Williams has 42 blocked shots this season.  He has at least one in eight straight and 16 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.  Williams now has 83 blocks, eighth in school history.

Taran It Up
Freshman Taran Brown came off the bench on Thursday against UC Davis, a first for him.  Brown struggled offensively with four points on 2-of-10 shooting.  He did have eight rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot and one steal.  In his last two games, he has averaged 5.5 points and made just 5-of-19 shots overall, 26.3%, and 1-for-7 from three-point territory, 14.3%.  In fact, Brown's shooting struggles go back four games.  While he averaged 9.5 in the last four, he made just 17-of-61 field goal attempts, 27.9%, and 4-of-27 three-point attempts, 14.8%.  Despite his shooting troubles, Brown continues to rank third on the team at 12.0 points per game.  He is also second with 5.8 rebounds per outing and in the last six games he has averaged 6.7 per game and had seven or more four times.  Brown is also tied for the team-lead with 19 steals and is second with 22 blocked shots, the fourth most ever by a Gaucho freshman.  Overall, he has tallied 10 or more points 15 times this year.  He has 50 three-point baskets on the season - a UCSB freshman record - ranking him second on the team.  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.  Brown has had three or more three-pointers 11 times this season. He's made at least one in 18 of 22 games.  Finally, he had 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 14 points in Thursday's game against UC Davis and his scoring average is up to 13.1 points per game, matching his highest mark this season, not including when he scored 17 in the opener.  Boswell has scored in double-figures in six straight games, equaling a career-long streak, nine of 10 and 15 of 17.   He has tallied a career-high 23 three times, most recently in a  Jan. 19 double-overtime win over Cal Poly.  In the game against the Mustangs, he scored six of his points in the final 1:10 of the second overtime, including a lay-up and free throw with nine seconds left.   He also scored 23 on Dec. 6 at San Diego State and Jan. 3 vs. UC Irvine.  In the game at SDSU, he 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 Thursday, he was solid from long distance, making 4-of-7.  The rest of the team didn't fare as well, making 1-of-20.  On the season, Boswell has 60 threes, six more than he had in 31 games last season, and he needs seven to move onto UCSB's single-season top-10 list.  In 17 games since his scoring average dipped to a season-low 8.0 per game, Boswell has scored 249 points and averaged 14.6 per game, making 52-of-119 from three-point range over that span, 43.7%.  He had made at least one three-pointer in 16 consecutive games before a Jan. 26 game against Hawai'i.  He has now made one or more in 20 of 22 and two or more 17 times. Boswell  has 125 career threes in 295 attempts, 42.4%, the second highest percentage in school history. Finally, he has played 30 or more minutes in 11 consecutive games after doing so twice in the first 11 games of the season.

Taylor Made
Sophomore point guard T.J. Taylor has started the last 10 games.  On Thursday against UC Davis, he had four assists.  It was the 10th time in 11 Big West games that Taylor produced four or more assists.  He still averaging 5.7 assists per game in Big West play and he has a sparkling 3.1-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio over that span.  On Jan. 26 against Hawai'i, Taylor scored a career-high 11 points while adding four assists and no turnovers.  On Jan. 5 vs. Long Beach State and Jan. 10 at Pacific, he had a career-high nine assists.  Taylor is averaging 4.0 points and 3.9 assists overall.  He has 18 three-pointers on the season and he's made two or more in seven games.

The Life Of Bryson
Freshman Michael Bryson scored 13 points - his second highest total ever -  and had a career-high eight rebounds on Thursday against UC Davis.  Bryson has scored in double-figures in two straight games for the first time in his career.  He had 12 points and had four rebounds in the Feb. 2 game at UC Irvine.  His career-high of 15 was set on Jan. 5 vs. Long Beach State.  In the last three games, Bryson is averaging 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while making 13-of-29 field goal attempts, 45.0%.    He is now averaging 6.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.  In the last nine games, Bryson has averaged 9.9 points per game and in the nine games, he has hit 15 three-point baskets, including two or more five times. He made a career-high three three-point baskets in the Jan. 5 game vs. Long Beach. In all, Bryson has been in double-figures five times, including four of the last nine games.  He is averaging 23.3 minutes per game, but has averaged 27.3 in the last eight.  Bryson has played in 21 of the 22 games this season, missing the Nov. 17 contest against The Master's College with a strained back.  He is third on the team with 26 three-point baskets, the sixth most ever by a Gaucho freshman.

The World According To Garth 
The team's only senior, Nate Garth, pulled his left hamstring on Jan. 30 at Long Beach State, missed the last two games and remains out indefinitely.  Garth logged just six minutes before injuring himself in the game against the 49ers.  Earlier in January, he missed two full games, and parts of two others, with a sprained ankle.  Garth is averaging 5.7 points and a team-leading 4.1 assists per game.  In his last full game, Jan. 26 vs. Hawai'i, he had eight points, eight assists and just one turnover.  Garth also had eight assists, to go with a season-high 13 points, in UCSB's Jan. 19 double-overtime win over Cal Poly.  His assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.2-to-1.0 is second on the team.  Garth had a career-high nine assists on Dec. 6 at San Diego State and has had five or more eight times in his 18 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.  Now, with Brewe injured and likely out for the season, Beeler is going to have to fend for himself.  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 53 points (13.2 per game) and grabbed 31 rebounds (7.7 per game), while making 22-of-33 shots from the field, 67.7%.  Although he had been ill all week, Beeler played 12 minutes on Thursday against UC Davis, made 2-of-4 shots, scored five points and had two boards.

Walking Into The Lineup
The numerous injuries that UCSB has suffered this season have presented an opportunity to a pair of walk-ons whose roles have varied, but seem to be increasing.  The injury to Nate Garth has opened the door for freshman Duke DaRe (Duh-Ray).  He played 20 minutes on Feb 2 at UC Irvine and the topped that with a career-high 21 minutes on Thursday against UC Davis.  In the last two games, DaRe has had seven assists, including a personal-best four against the Aggies.  While he is scoreless since he had two points vs. San Diego Christian on Dec. 15, he has produced four steals in the last two games.  The injuries to Mitch Brewe and Keegan Hornbuckle have given junior Shawn Moore (More) and opportunity.  He's played in the last two games and scored a basket in each.