Alan Williams had 22 points and 18 rebounds while Zalmico Harmon scored 20 points and passed off for 10 assists and UC Santa Barbara led from start-to-finish in an 80-65 win over visiting Cal State Fullerton on Saturday afternoon.
The Gauchos (18-7 overall, 9-3 in the Big West) jumped out to a 13-2 lead just over five minutes into the game and the Titans (9-17, 4-8) never recovered.
"From the start I thought we had a good bounce to our step," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "We were aggressive and made shots early and I thought that put us into a good mindset. Also, obviously, Z and Big Al were fantastic and that always makes things go better."
Harmon scored 10 of his points in the first half and six came on his only two three-point attempts of the night. For the junior point guard, it was his first career double-double and the 10 assists tied a career-high. Just as importantly, however, he did not commit a turnover in his 32 minutes of action and now has 49 assists and just three turnovers in his last nine games.
"There's no way we've had a player go through a stretch like this since I've been here," Coach Williams said. "He's been amazing and has just gotten better and more confident as the season's gone on."
Alan Williams added three blocked shots to his 22 points and 18 rebounds, and he did so in just 29 minutes. He sat out eight minutes in the first half after picking up his second foul.
"I keep looking down at the stat sheet and seeing the rebounding numbers he is getting and I just shake my head," Coach Williams said. "The fact that he leads the country in rebounds is not an accident."
Alan Williams entered the game averaging 11.7 boards per game, narrowly ahead of the player second on the list. He is now at 12.0 per game. He's had 15 or more in three straight and five of the last six, averaging 15.8 over that span.
"I take a lot of pride in my rebounding," Alan Williams said. "When they (opponents) are making it tough for me to score, I know there is another way I can contribute, and that's rebounding."