Gauchos-Titans Tangle Saturday in Fullerton on Fox Sports Prime Ticket

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Coming Up
Game No. 18 
Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Cal State Fullerton Titans

at CSUF's Titan Gym - Fullerton, Calif.
Radio: AM 1290 KZSB in Santa Barbara
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket
On-Line Audio: UCSBgauchos.com
Livestats: UCSBgauchos.com

Game No. 19
Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Irvine Anteaters

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

• 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 10th 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. 

• Tickets Available
Great seats are available for all Gaucho home games. For more information drop by the Ticket Office in the ICA Building on campus, call 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here.  

The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters Saturday's game at Cal State Fullerton with an overall record of 12-5 and a Big West mark of 3-1. Since dropping their conference opener on Jan. 11 to Cal Poly, the Gauchos have won three games in a row. UCSB has beaten Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside in succession. The latter two games were on the road. With the win at Riverside on Thursday, the Gauchos have now won three in a row, six of seven and nine of their last 11.

UCSB Surpasses 2012-13 Victory Total
In winning its 12th game of the regular season at UC Riverside on Thursday, the Gauchos have surpassed their win total of last season. The injury-riddled 2012-13 campaign saw UCSB go just 11-20. The last time the Gauchos had 12 or more wins through 17 games was in 2007-08 when they were 13-4.

Williams Becomes 26th Gaucho To Score 1,000 Points
Alan Williams battled foul trouble in UCSB's game at Cal State Northridge on Jan. 18, but he did score 16 points in his 24 minutes of work. Williams entered the game against the Matadors needing just 10 points to become the 26th Gaucho to eclipse the 1,000 point mark and he did so midway through the second half. Two baskets later, he passed B.J. Bunton (1,003) and moved into 25th-place on the all-time list and with 21 points on Thursday night at UC Riverside, he now has 1,027. Williams' next targets are Paul Johnson (1,032) and Doug Muse (1,050).

Gauchos Need OT To Get Past UC Riverside
UCSB led by 17 points with 17:11 to play in its game at UC Riverside on Thursday, but in the end, the Gauchos needed overtime to come away with a 68-65 win. The Highlanders used a 26-9 run over an eight minute span of the second half to tie the score at 50. UCR's Taylor Johns had a chance to give his team the lead with 5.5 seconds to play in regulation, but after tying the score at 50 on his first free throw, he missed his second and the game headed to OT. UCSB outscored Riverside 8-5 in the extra period. Sam Finley missed a three-point attempt at the buzzzer that would have tied it. Santa Barbara shot 50.0% in the first half, but made just 8-of-25 shots in the second half. The Highlanders, on the other hand, made 38.5% in the first half but drained 12-of-19 in the second, 63.2%. In the OT, however, they were just 1-for-6. UCSB was led by Alan Williams with 21, Mitch Brewe and Zalmico Harmon had 11 apiece and Kyle Boswell added 10.

Possible Starters - Quick Fact
G 3 Zalmico Harmon - Tied his career-high with 3 3-point baskets in Thursday's win at UC Riverside...Leads Big West in assists at 4.94 per game.
G 35 Taran Brown - Has hit 5 3-pointers in his last 3 games after making just 3 over a 7-game span...7 rebounds at UCR, highest total since Nov. 21.
F 21 Mitch Brewe - Scored 11 points in the win at UCR and has been in double-figures in two of the last three games...Also set career-high with 3 steals.
F 15  Alan Williams - Became the 26th UCSB player to score 1,000 points in his career when he had 16 at Northridge...Now has 1,027, 25th all-time.
G 24 Michael Bryson - Scored four of his 5 points in overtime at Riverside, including key 3-point play...This week's Big West Player of the Week.

Probable Reserves - Quick Fact
G 1 Eric Childress - Set a career-high with 7 assists in the win at Riverside...27 minutes vs. Highlanders was his high in a league game.
G 4 Aamahd Walker - Missed the last four games with a sprained ankle and is out for the game at Cal State Fullerton.
G 10 Kyle Boswell - Made at least 1 3-pointer in all 17 games and has 192 in his career...Moved into fifth in school history on Thursday.
F 31  John Green - Has been cleared to play but the team plans to bring him along slowly and he could return in February.
F 34  Shawn Moore - Played just one minute at Northridge before injuring his right shoulder...Will not play this weekend.
F 44  Sam Beeler - Had three rebounds in just eight minutes at Riverside...Made all 4 field goal attempts and had 10 points in Jan. 18 win at Northridge.

The Opposition
The Gauchos and Cal State Fullerton have played 76 times with UCSB holding a 41-35 edge.  Last season, each team won on its home court. The Titans won 86-79 in Fullerton and the Gauchos won 66-50 at the Thunderdome. UCSB has lost three straight games at Titan Gym, last having won in 2010 and that victory came in overtime. The Gauchos and UC Irvine have played 79 times since the series began in 1968. UCSB holds a 48-31 all-time advantage. Last year, the teams split a pair of close games. The Gauchos won 74-71 in the Thunderdome while the Anteaters snuck out with a 62-60 win in Irvine. UCSB has won three of the last four games in the series. The last time UCI won in Santa Barbara was on Feb. 9, 2008 by a score of 65-59.

The Gauchos On The Road
The Gauchos are 5-3 in true road games this season and 7-3 overall in games away from home. They have won their last four games away from the Thunderdome, defeating Western Illinois at Logan, Utah on Dec. 21, Seattle on the road on Dec. 30, Cal State Northridge on Jan. 18 and UC Riverside on Jan. 23. The seven wins away from home are four more than UCSB won all of last season and the five true road wins are two more. Perhaps the most notable road win this season came on Nov. 13 when the Gauchos routed UNLV in Las Vegas, 86-65.

Marginalizing
UCSB has been involved in a number of one-sided games this season and, in fact, has been on the winning side of most. The Gauchos have been involved in nine games that were decided by 10 or more points and they have a record of 8-1 in those games. The only time that Santa Barbara has lost a game by a double-digit margin was on Dec. 3 at UCLA when the Bruins recorded an 89-76 victory. UCSB has had three victory margins of 20 or more and two others of 15 or more in 2013-14, including a resounding 86-65 win at UNLV on Nov. 12. Thursday's three-point win at UC Riverside equaled the team's smallest margin of victory this season. On Dec. 19, the Gauchos topped Troy 57-54 in a game played in Logan, Utah.

Milestone Watch
Junior Alan Williams enters Saturday's game at Cal State Fullerton with 656 rebounds and he needs nine more to move into sixth all-time at UCSB. With 139 blocked shots, Williams is fourth in school history and needs 16 to move past Doug Muse into third. He also needs 24 points to move from 25th to 23rd on the all-time points list. Senior Kyle Boswell has 48 three-pointers this season and now has 192 in his career. He is fifth all-time and needs five to move into third. Also, Boswell needs 136 points to surpass 1,000 in his career. 

A Magic Number
UCSB has allowed fewer than 70 points 11 times in 2013-14 and has gone 11-0 in those games. The Gauchos have held their last three opponents under 70. On Jan. 16 vs. Long Beach State, they allowed 51 points, the second lowest opponent total of the season. on Thursday they held UC Riverside to 65 in overtime. On Dec. 30 at Seattle, UCSB allowed exactly 70 points and won. It was the only time they have won a game when allowing 70 or more, losing the other five.  

Harmon, Brewe Try To Join Three Amigos
For the most part, when it comes to three-pointers, UCSB has been dependant on three players: Kyle Boswell, Michael Bryson and Taran Brown. Each of the three has a career-high of seven three-pointers in a game and combined they have 100 of the teams 124 successful attempts from outside the three-point arc. Now, there are a couple otheer Gauchos threatening to become the Three Amigos. Junior guard Zalmico Harmon tied his career-high with three three-pointers at Riverside on Thursday and now has 11 on the season. Sophomore Mitch Brewe made 1-of-2 attempts against the Highlanders and is now 6-of-9 on the year. In fact, he has made five of six since going 1-for-2 on Dec. 15 at San Diego. 

General Assistance 
Freshman Eric Childress set a career-high with a team-leading seven assists in the win at UCR. He was the third different player to lead UCSB in assists in the last three games. On Jan. 18 at Cal State Northridge, Kyle Boswell registered a career-high with eight and on Jan. 16, Zalmico Harmon was one short of his career-high when he had nine in a win over Long Beach State. On Jan. 11 against Cal Poly, Harmon and Taran Brown tued for team-high honors with four assists. The fifth Gaucho to lead the team in assists this season is Michael Bryson who had five on Nov. 3 at UCLA. Harmon continues to lead the Big West in assists at 4.94 per game and he is one of three UCSB players to rank among the top-seven. Childress is sixth at 3.35 and Boswell is seventh at 3.29.

Balancing Acts
The Gauchos' Jan. 18 win at Cal State Northridge was truly a balancing act. For the first time this season UCSB had five players score in double-figures. Alan Williams led the way with 16, but he was closely followed by Michael Bryson (15) and Kyle Boswell (14). In addition, Taran Brown (12) and Sam Beeler (10) reached double-digits. On Thursday at UC Riverside, the Gauchos almost matched that with four players scoring 10 or more. Once again, Williams led the way with 21. Zalmico Harmon and Mitch Brewe each had 11 and Boswell had 10. In the last two games, seven different UCSB players have scored in double-figures.

Turnover Turnaround
Since posting a season-high 19 turnovers in a win over Long Beach State on Jan. 16, UCSB has bounced back with a pair of outstanding efforts. The Gauchos had nine turnovers on Jan. 18 at Cal State Northridge and on Thursday, they had just eight in the OT win over Riverside. In the game against the 49ers, the Gauchos had 12 turnovers in the first half, more than they've had in 11 games this season. UCSB has had 10 or fewer turnovers 10 times in 2013-14 after turning the trick just twice during the 2012-13 campaign.