Gauchos Travel to UCR Wednesday, Host Sac State in BracketBuster Game Saturday

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• This Week
Game No. 25
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at UC Riverside Highlanders
at UCR's Student Recreation Center - Riverside, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
On-Line Video Stream: BigWest.TV

Game No. 26
Ramada World Wide BracketBusters
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. 
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Sacramento State Hornets

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

• 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 Wednesday's game at UC Riverside with an overall record of 8-16 and a Big West Conference mark of 4-9.  After ending a five-game losing streak with a Feb. 9 win over Pacific, the Gauchos lost a 67-49 decision at Cal Poly on Feb. 16.  It was UCSB's first lost to the Mustangs in seven games.    

  Williams Returns, Boswell Out With Shoulder Injury  
Sophomore Alan Williams, UCSB's leading scorer (17.5 points per game) and rebounder (10.2 per game) rejoined the Gauchos for their Feb. 16 game at Cal Poly after missing all but eight minutes of their Feb. 9 game against Pacific with a sprained ankle.  Williams had also missed all of three games and most of a fourth with a strained left hamstring tendon suffered in a Jan. 19 game against Cal Poly.  Junior guard Kyle Boswell, the team's second leading scorer (12.6 points per game) and leading three-point shooter (64 threes) took Williams' spot on the injured list early in the second half against the Mustangs when he ran into a screen and injured his left shoulder.  He tried to return but couldn't lift his arm.  The extent of the injury is not yet known, but he is not expected to play at UC Riverside on Wednesday.  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' Feb. 2 game at Irvine, freshman Mitch Brewe suffered a fractured left index finger and is out the remainder of the season.  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.  Finally, Forward John Williams, a projected starter, also remains out with a broken bone in his foot and guard Aamahd Walker will redshirt with a back injury.

Shorthanded Gauchos Can't Overcome Cal Poly, 67-49
Sophomore Alan Williams scored 24 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked four shots, but it wasn't enough as UCSB lost 67-49 at Cal Poly on Feb. 16.  The Gauchos, already playing without several players due to injuries, lost second-leading scorer Kyle Boswell to a shoulder injury early in the second half of a three-point game.  That was too much for them to overcome as the Mustangs never trailed and, ultimately, cruised to victory.  Dylan Royer scored 23 points, including 15 in the second half, to lead the way.  He hit seven three-point baskets, including five in the second half.  Michael Bryson joined Williams in double-figures for UCSB with 10 points.  The Gauchos made just three three-point baskets, their second lowest total of the season, and turned the ball over 16 times.  Cal Poly had just eight turnovers and made 14-of-15 free throw attempts.    

Probable Starters - Quick Fact (Note: These are almost completely guesses.)
G 11 T.J. Taylor- Made 4-of-6 three-point attempts in the last two games. 
F 12 Lewis Thomas - Averaged 5.0 rebounds in the last two games.
F 15  Alan Williams - Tied career-high with 17 rebounds, had 11th double-double vs. CP.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Scored in double-figures in four straight games. 
F 35 Taran Brown- Tied his season-low  with two points at Cal Poly.

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.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Left shoulder injury is expected to sideline him indefinitely.
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 out indefinitely.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Played career-high 15 minutes at Cal Poly.
G 43  Duke DaRé - Made a free throw vs. Cal Poly, his first point in Big West play.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Has made 27 of his last 39 field goal attempts, 69.2%.

The Opponents
UCSB is 25-6 all-time against UC Riverside in a series that began in 1955.  Last year, the teams split a pair of games with each winning on its home court.  The Highlanders needed overtime to defeat the Gauchos in Riverside on Jan. 12, 79-70.  UCSB won in Santa Barbara on Feb. 11, 60-52.  Santa Barbara is 3-0 all-time against its Ramada World Wide BracketBuster opponent Sacramento State.  However, the Gauchos and Hornets have not played since Dec. 21, 1993 when UCSB won 64-57 in a game played at the facility formerly known as Arco Arena.

The Gauchos On The Road
UCSB is 2-11 in road games this season.  The Gauchos have lost three straight and eight of their last nine away games. On Jan. 30, they dropped a tough 57-55 game at Long Beach State and on Feb. 2, they lost another close one, 62-60 at UC Irvine.  Most recently, on Feb. 16, they lost at Cal Poly, 67-49.  UCSB's only road win over the last nine was a 66-59 victory at UC Davis on Jan. 12.  The Gauchos only other road win this season came on Dec. 1 at Santa Clara, 83-80 in overtme.

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 win 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 now 144-97.  With 245 overall wins as coach of the Gauchos, Williams is in fourth in that category, three 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 1,569 points that UCSB has scored through 24 games this season 1,112, or 70.9%, have been scored by freshmen or sophomores.  Of the team's 773 individual rebounds 665, or 86.0%, have been collected by freshmen and sophomores.  Also, of the team's 106 blocked shots 106, or100.0%, have been recorded by freshmen and sophomores. Finally, of the 4,875 minutes played by all Gaucho players this season, 3,536 have been played by freshmen and sophomores, 72.5%.  

Gauchos Go Jekyll & Hyde With Long Distance Shooting
After a stretch of three games in which it made just 17-of-70 (24.3%) of its three-point field goal attempts, UCSB got back on the beam on Feb. 9 against Pacific. The Gauchos hit 10-of-20 threes against the Tigers, 50.0%.  It was their second 50.0% three-point performance of the season.  That hot streak, however, didn't last.  On Feb. 16 at Cal Poly, UCSB made just 3-of-14 from three-point range, 21.4%.  The three three-pointers were the second fewest the Gauchos have made this season.  Still, Santa Barbara remains on a record-setting pace for three-pointers.  Through 24 games, the Gauchos are averaging 8.2 three-point baskets per game, a pace that would equate to approximately 245 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.  If junior guard Kyle Boswell's shoulder injury keeps him out for an extended period however, a record that for much of the year looked like it would fall, may not.

The "Other" Williams
Sophomore forward Alan Williams suffered a sprained right ankle midway through the first half of UCSB's game against Pacific on Feb. 9 and didn't practice for much of the week leading up to the Feb. 16 game at Cal Poly.  So, how did he fare?  Williams had 24 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots in 33 minutes.  It was his 11th double-double of the season and the 17 rebounds tied his career-high and were the most he has had in a non-overtime games.  So, he fared okay.  It was his eighth game with 20 or more points.  His 11 double-doubles on the season are the most since Eric McArthur had 23 during the 1989-90 season.  Williams continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring (17.5 points per game), rebounds (10.2 per game) and blocked shots (2.2 per game).  The last Gaucho to finish the season averaging 10 or more points and 10 or more rebounds per game was 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 Williams has had twice this season are the most for a UCSB player since Josh Merrill collected 18 against Westmont on Dec. 7, 1996.  In all, Williams has scored in double-figures 19 times in 21 games.  Also, he has collected 10 or more rebounds 12 times.  In addition to his career-high 17 on Dec. 1 at Santa Clara and Feb. 16 at Cal Poly, he had 16 in the Big West opener at Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 29.   Williams has 46 blocked shots this season.  He has at least one in nine of the last 10 and 17 overall.  In fact, he has two or more 14 times.  He has a high of five twice, once each against San Diego and UC Irvine.  Williams now has 87 blocks, sixth in school history.  His 46 blocks this season are tied for eighth all-time.

Taran It Up
Freshman Taran Brown scored an early basket in UCSB's loss at Cal Poly on Feb. 16, but it was downhill from there.  Brown ultimately played 34 minutes, scoring two points and grabbing one rebound.  He did have a team-high three assists, but the scoring output equaled his lowest of the season and it dropped his scoring average to 11.7 point per game, the lowest it has been since he scored three points in the season opener.  Brown was coming off of a solid effort on Feb. 9 vs. Pacific when he had 13 points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal.  He remains third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding (5.7 per game), but his shooting has been off in recent games.  He was 1-for-6 overall against the Mustangs and 0-for-3 from three-point range.  In the last six games Brown has hit just 21-for-75 overall, 28.0%, and 6-for-35 from three-point range, 17.1%.  Brown leads the team with 21 steals and is second with 24 blocked shots, the fourth most ever by a Gaucho freshman.  Overall, he has tallied 10 or more points 16 times this year.  He has 52 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 buckets 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 19 of 24 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 five points in Saturday's loss at Cal Poly, his fewest since he had three on Nov. 21 vs. San Diego.  That, however, was a small part of the story.  Boswell scored the Gauchos' first five points of the second half, but then on the defensive end, he ran into a hard screen and went to the floor.  He left the game, and when he returned he couldn't lift his left arm.  Boswell departed the game with an injured left shoulder and didn't return.  He is expected to miss Wednesday's game at UC Riverside and, beyond that, things are up in the air. Still, Boswell is second on the team with an average of 12.6 points per game.  He has scored in double-figures in six of eight, nine of 12 and 15 of 19.  He has twice scored 10 or more in six straight.  Boswell 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. He also scored 23 on Dec. 6 at San Diego State and Jan. 3 vs. UC Irvine.  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. In his last three games Boswell has drilled 8-of-12 shots from long distance, 66.7%.  On the season, he has 64 threes, 10 more than he had in 31 games last year, and he needs three to move onto UCSB's single-season top-10 list.  He is shooting 42.4% from three-point range this season, but in the last 19 games Boswell has made 56-of-124, 45.2%. He had made at least one three in 16 consecutive games before a Jan. 26 game against Hawai'i.  He has now made one or more in 22 of 24 and two or more 19 times. Boswell  has 129 career threes in 300 attempts, 43.0%, the second highest in school history. 

Taylor Made
Sophomore point guard T.J. Taylor has started the last 12 games.  On Feb. 16 at Cal Poly, he had three points, three assists and three rebounds.  Taylor was coming off one of the finest games of his career.  On Feb. 9, vs. Pacific, he tied his career-high with 11 points, adding eight assists, three rebounds and two steals.  He also made a career-high three three-point baskets.  In Big West play, Taylor is averaging a league-leading 5.7 assists per game and he has a 2.8-to-1.0 assist to turnover ratio. On Jan. 26 against Hawai'i, Taylor also scored a career-high 11 points. On Jan. 5 vs. Long Beach State and Jan. 10 at Pacific, he had a career-high nine assists.  Taylor is averaging 4.2 points and 4.0 assists overall.  He has 22 three-pointers on the season and he's made two or more in eight games.

The Life Of Bryson
Freshman Michael Bryson scored 10 points, two rebounds and three steals in UCSB's Feb. 16 game at Cal Poly.  The three steals tied his career-high.  Bryson has now scored 10 or more in four straight games, the longest streak of his career.  He is averaging 7.0 points per game, a figure that is at its highest point since he scored 10 in the season-opener at LSU.  Bryson has scored at a a 10.2 points per game clip over the last 11 games.  Also, while he is shooting 35.3% overall and 29.0% from three-point range, he has made 26-of-56 (46.4%) overall in the last seven and 13-of-40 (32.5%) from three-point range in the last eight.  Bryson had a career-high 15 points against Long Beach State on Jan. 5 and has now been in double-figures seven times this season.  Bryson is averaging 3.3 rebounds per game, but has been at 6.0 in the last five games.  He had a career-high eight on Feb. 7 vs. UC Davis.  He made a career-high three three-point baskets in the Jan. 5 game vs. Long Beach. Bryson is third on the team with 29 three-point baskets, the fifth most ever by a Gaucho freshman. He is averaging 24.6 minutes per game, but has averaged 28.3 in the last 11.  Bryson has played in 23 of the 24 games this season, missing the Nov. 17 contest against The Master's College with a strained back.

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 three 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.  He 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.   

Beeler Flying Solo
With injuries to Alan Williams and Mitch Brewe, freshman Sam Beeler could have been the only active center on the team heading into the game at Cal Poly.  Williams, however, bounced back and played 33 minutes against the Mustangs.  Still, Beeler's role has been significant with the ever-changing injury landscape.  Mostly, he has made the most of his opportunity.  Beeler is averaging 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, but since Williams' first injury occurred on Jan. 19, he has averaged 5.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.  He scored 15 points and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field on Jan. 24 vs. Northridge.  Beeler has made 27 of his last 39 shots from the floor, 69.2%.  He has also blocked nine shots.

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 a career-high 21 minutes on Feb. 7 against UC Davis and has averaged 14.0 minutes per game in the last four.  Over that span he has nine assists.  The injuries to Mitch Brewe and Keegan Hornbuckle have given junior Shawn Moore (More) an opportunity.  He's played in the last four games and on Feb. 16 at Cal Poly, he logged a career-high 15 minutes, at a variety of positions, and tied his career-high with four points.  In the last six games, Moore has made 7-of-9 shots from the field, 77.8%.