Nov 29, 2012 12:01 AM by Andrew Masuda

Ice-cold shooting dooms Gauchos in 68-40 loss to Wyoming

After shooting just 29 percent from the floor, the UCSB men's basketball team lost for the first time this season in the Thunderdome on Wednesday. The Gauchos fell 68-40 to Wyoming to fall to 2-4 on the season.

Riley Grabau hit a jumper less than 90 seconds into the game as Wyoming scored the first six points of the game. The Gauchos scored the next seven points capped by a three from Michael Bryson to give UCSB a 7-6 lead with 15:15 to go in the first half. Wyoming went on a 9-0 run to take the lead for good and and carried a 34-21 lead into halftime.

The Gauchos made just 16 of their 56 shots from the floor and made 6 of 24 from three-point range. The Gauchos took just 3 free throws in the game and made two of them. On the flip side, the Cowboys made 23 of their 27 free throws for an 85% mark.

Wyoming outrebounded the Gauchos 33-30, despite UCSB holding a 12-3 edge on offensive rebounds. Wyoming shot 49% from the floor and made 7 of its 17 three-point shots.

Sophomore Alan Williams led the Gauchos with 11 points and 9 rebounds to continue his streak of 10 or more points in the Gauchos' first six games of the season. Kyle Boswell added 10 points.

Three Cowboys scored 12 or more points. Luke Martinez scored a game-high 17 points, while Derrious Gilmore and Larry Nance, Jr. scored 12 apiece. Martinez hit five 3-pointers for the Cowboys.

It marked the Gauchos' first game against the Cowboys since 1975. The two teams play again on December 21 in Laramie, Wyoming, which will be the first time UCSB has played a non-conference opponent twice in the same season in eight years.

UCSB, which has now lost two in a row, plays five of its next six games on the road starting Saturday at Santa Clara.



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