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UCSB Efficient in 81-50 Win Over Chicago State

Amadou Sow and Ajare Sanni (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Amadou Sow and Ajare Sanni (Photo by Jeff Liang)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara Men's Basketball Team (2-1) bounced back to capture its second win of the year defeating Chicago State (0-5) at home 81-50 in the first game of the Cerebro Sports Cali Jam. UCSB's strong first half performance put the Gauchos in the driver's seat early with the Cougars unable to find their footing.

On the Stat Sheet

  • Senior forward Amadou Sow led the team in points with 13, and four other Gaucho players scored double digits as well
  • Graduate forward Robinson Idehen made the Gaucho defensive presence known, leading the team in blocks with five
  • Calvin Wishart saw 12 points, three assists, three rebounds, and three steals while shooting 4-for-5 with a pair of triples
  • After allowing the opening three to Chicago State, the Gauchos answered with a piar of buckets and led the rest of the game
  • As Chicago State struggled from the field shooting just 18-for-63 (28.6%), the Gauchos shot 26-for-48 (54.2%) from the field, dominating on the offensive side of the ball
  • UCSB also made a living at the free throw line making 21-of-27

How It Happened

First Half (38-22 UCSB Gauchos)

  • The Gauchos started off electric making seven of their first 13 fields goals of the game to take an early 24-7 lead, with their largest run being a 16-0 run
  • Later in the half, Chicago State's offense became more efficient as they outscored the Gauchos 15-14 to end the half
  • Despite having eight more field goal attempts than the Gauchos in the first half, Chicago State struggled early as they shot 9-of-32 from the field (28.1%) including 2-of-11 (18.2%) from three-point range while committing eight turnovers
  • Chicago State managed to make only three trips to the free throw line compared to the Gauchos' 15 free throw attempts
  • The Gauchos ended the half shooting 12-of-24 (50%) from the field with Ajare Sanni leading the way with eight points



Second Half (81-50 UCSB Gauchos)

  • The Gauchos continued to outscore Chicago State in the second half, this time by a margin of 15 at 43-28
  • The Gauchos picked up right where they let off early in the first half, outscoring Chicago State 16-6 on 85.7% shooting in the first seven minutes of the second period to
  • Shooting efficiency improved for the Gauchos as they ended up shooting 58.3% from the field, 62.5% from three, and 83.3% from the free throw line

Head Coach Joe Pasternack
"I thought our guys really shared the ball with 20 assists today and set some really good screens and executed offensively. We moved the ball much better than we did against Washington State."

"[Wishart] really struggled in the Washington State game and I thought he really came to play, he had a really good week of practice and really responded. I thought he did an awesome job."

Calvin Wishart
"I relaxed a bit since the season opener and got back to a calmer state of mind, and just got back to hooping again. Not thinking about it to much and just playing the game off of instinct." 

"I let the games come to me, I'm not going to force a bunch a shots up in a game if they aren't there. If they are I will take them, but I am more someone that lets the game flow."

Up Next
UCSB will continue their homestand as the Gauchos get set to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in The Cerebro Sports Cali Jam. Tipoff is set for 7 PM PT in The Thunderdome.