Gauchos Open Campaign With Blowout of Saint Katherine, 92-55

Gaucho Josh Pierre-Louis tosses down a dunk in UCSB's Sunday win over Saint Katherine. (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Gaucho Josh Pierre-Louis tosses down a dunk in UCSB's Sunday win over Saint Katherine. (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Amadou Sow scored 20 points to lead a balanced UC Santa Barbara attack in a 92-55 season-opening win over the University of Saint Katherine's on Sunday.

Sow, a junior who was named to the Big West Conference Preseason All-League team, played just 19 minutes in the Gauchos (1-0) win on Sunday. He made 10-of-12 field goal attempts while adding five rebounds.

"Our guys really distribute the ball well," Sow said. "We are always looking for the open man and it paid off." 

Kamron Fleming made a short jumper in the key for the Firebirds with 14:56 left in the first half, cutting UCSB's early lead to 13-10, but at from that point, the Gauchos went on a 23-3 run to distance themselves from the visitors, pulling out to a 48-23 advantage by halftime. 

"In the first half, we really went on a strong run," said head coach Joe Pasternack. "That was defense and sharing the ball."

In the second half, Santa Barbara extended the lead and it capped itself at 81-40 on a layup by Miles Norris off of a nifty pass from Josh Pierre-Louis at the 7:29 mark.

Pierre-Louis, a sophomore and transfer from Temple who was granted a waiver and made eligible immediately, finished with 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. 

"He (Pierre-Louis) has so much talent," Pasternack said. "It's fun to watch him play. I'm happy he is part of what we are doing this year." 

From UCSB's standpoint, point guard Devearl Ramsey had an outstanding game as he finished with six points, seven assists and just one turnover.

"Devearl was so good today," Pasternack said. "He is so important to what we want to do and to see him healthy, that's very important."

Ramsey nailed a pair of three-point buckets during his time.

Miles Norris, a transfer from City College of San Francisco, but who also played his freshman season at the University of Oregon, had 12 points, six rebounds and an assist in his Gaucho debut. He drained a pair of three-pointers during his time. 

Robinson Idehen, UCSB's center/forward had four points, but he also grabbed 11 rebounds in a mere 13 minutes of play.

The other Gaucho in double-figures was sophomore transfer Ajare Sanni, who started after playing his freshman season at the University of the Pacific. Sanni finished with 11 points and three assists. He made 5-of-8 field goals and also had a team-high three steals.

UCSB will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 5 when it hosts Bethesda University in a 4:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome.