UCSB upends UNLV in Vegas 86-65
LAS VEGAS (AP)
Alan Williams led all scorers with 21 points and also had nine rebounds to lead UCSB to an 86-65 victory over UNLV Tuesday night at the Thomas and Mack Center.
UNLV led one time in the game, at the 12:39 mark of the first half, when it went up 13-11. But the Gauchos went on runs of 8-0, 20-8 and 34-16 to close out the half.
UNLV's offensive woes wore on the Runnin' Rebels' effort on the defensive end as well.
The Gauchos (2-0) shot a scorching 62.5 percent from the field (15 of 24) in the first half and led 45-29 at halftime. UCSB finished the game shooting 29 of 52 (55.8) from the field, including 9 of 14 (64.3) on 3-pointers. The Gauchos also out rebounded UNLV, 41-33.
Kyle Boswell added 19 for the Gauchos, after shooting 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.
UCSB, which was picked to finish second in the Big West by league media, has won both of its first two games by more than 20 points, after routing Hawaii-Pacific in its season-opener, 76-50.
UNLV dropped to 19-4 all-time against UCSB, including 12-4 at home.
UNLV (1-1) shot a dismal 23 of 63 (36.5) from the field. The Runnin' Rebels had three players in double figures, led by Kevin Olekaibe's 15 points. Kendall Smith added 13 points, while Jamal Aytes contributed with 10 for the Rebels.
The 86 points in the game are more than UNLV allowed in any game all of last season, the highest being in an 83-79 loss to Oregon in the Rebels' third game of the season.
UNLV is next in action Friday night, at home against Omaha. UCSB, meanwhile, returns to Santa Barbara to host Utah State on Saturday.