Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Alan Williams tallied 21 points and nine rebounds as the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos went into the Thomas & Mack Center and defeated the UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 86-65.
Williams did his damage on 9-of-19 from the field for UCSB (2-0) while also blocking a pair of shots. Kyle Boswell netted 19 points, with all five of his field goals coming from 3-point range. Zalmico Harmon, Eric Childress and Michael Bryson all scored nine points in the winning effort.
UNLV's (1-1) top three scorers all came off the bench. Kevin Olekaibe shot 5- of-11 from beyond the arc for 15 points, while Kendall Smith (13 points) and Jamal Aytes (10 points) were also effective. Roscoe Smith hauled in 12 rebounds for the hosts.
UCSB knocked down its shots early and often. It made 62.5 percent of its field goal attempts in the opening stanza, including a scorching 6-of-7 from 3-point range, as it went into the halftime locker room with a 45-29 lead.
The Gauchos' advantage was never in doubt in the second half, as they went up by as many as 26.
UNLV has a poor night shooting both from the field (.365) and from the foul line (.550). UCSB made good on 19-of-26 (.731) from the free-throw stripe.