SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara junior Alan Williams (Phoenix, Ariz./North HS) captured his second straight Big West Men's Basketball Player of the Week award with back-to-back impressive performances against Pac-12 foes, one of which keyed a victory against Cal.
The 6-7 forward averaged 23.5 points and 10.0 rebounds as the Gauchos lost a hard fought battle to UCLA (89-76) and toppled Cal (72-65) for the first time in school history. Williams shot 59.4 (19 of 32) percent from the field in doing the majority of his damage in the second halves of both games.
Against the Bruins, Williams poured in 17 of his game-high 23 points in the second half as UCSB was tied with the nation's 16th-ranked squad with just over eight minutes remaining. He hit 1-of-2 free throws to tie the game for the last time at 64 with 8:21 to play in the game. Williams added eight rebounds.
Williams notched his second double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds in the win over the Bears. It was the first win in 10 tries against Cal. Williams energized the Gauchos with 20 second half points, helping UCSB take a 40-34 lead with a natural three-point play at 15:04 left in the game. After Cal scored six straight to narrow UCSB's advantage to 60-55, another three-point play by Williams widened the lead.
"Alan had a great week," said head coach Bob Williams. "As was the case last week, he is very deserving and I'm happy for him.
This is the fourth career Big West Player of the Week award for Williams.
The Gauchos return to action on Sunday, Dec. 15 when they travel to the University of San Diego for a 2:00 p.m. game against the Toreros.