UW Men Host UC Santa Barbara on Friday to Conclude 2012
Dec. 20, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team concludes the 2012 calendar year on Friday when the Cowboys host UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. The 11-0 Pokes seek to match the best start in program history with a victory, while the 4-6 Gauchos attempt to avenge a 68-40 home loss to UW in late November.
Friday is Holiday Family Night, as fans can get four tickets, four hot dogs, four Pepsi's and a 10 percent discount at the Brown `N Gold Outlet for just $48. Santa Clause will be available for photos prior to the game and prizes will be raffled off throughout the game. Promotion must be purchased prior to the game and is not available at the gate.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or going online at GoWYO.com. Fans can follow live stats and live video of Wyoming's game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on the website. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Bob Williams and UC Santa Barbara have started the 2012-13 campaign with a 4-6 record, including 3-1 at home and 1-5 on the road. Four of UCSB's five losses on the road have come by double digits, while its one win was in overtime. In their latest action, the Gauchos lost a 68-59 game at California on Tuesday. UCSB equaled its season-high with 13 threes, but Cal was too strong inside and held off a late Gaucho rally to win. The Gauchos shoot 41 percent from the field and 36 percent beyond the arc to average 66.7 points per game, but allow opponents 70.8 points on 43 percent and 38 percent, respectively. UCSB has a plus 0.8 rebounding margin, averaging 35.9 rebounds per game, but a minus 2.6 turnover margin, committing 15.2 turnovers per game.
Each Team's Leaders
Sophomore forward Alan Williams is the top Gaucho at 16.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, as he is a team-high 43-of-59 at the free throw line. Freshman forward Taran Brown, a product of Campbell County High School in Gillette, Wyo., contributes 13.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and a team-high 11 steals. Senior guard Nate Garth posts a team-high 4.2 assists per game to go with 5.6 points and 2.5 rebounds. Williams, Brown and Garth are the only Gauchos to start all 10 games this season. Sophomore guard/forward Lewis Thomas and freshman guard Michael Bryson round out UCSB's probable starters at 3.6 points and 4.3 rebounds and 5.4 points and 2.9 rebounds, respectively. Junior guard Kyle Boswell scored a team-high 12 points off the bench on Tuesday against California, while Garth and Brown added 11 points each. Williams had 12 rebounds.
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