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Gauchos are a real crowd pleaser in season-opening blowout win

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UCSB slammed San Francisco State 119-65 in the Gauchos season-opener.

UC SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - With the student section filled at the Thunderdome, UCSB's Josh Pierre-Louis gave them plenty to cheer about with several highlight reel dunks and layups.

Josh-Pierre and Amadou Sow each scored 25 points as UCSB routed San Francisco State 119-65 in a season-opening win.

The Gauchos unveiled last season's Big West and NCAA banner and went to work on providing a strong encore performance for this year.

With fans back in the Thunderdome for the first time in two seasons due to the pandemic, UCSB was a real crowd pleaser as they came within four points of tying the all-time school record for points in a single-game.

In the opening moments Sow blocked a shot and Josh-Pierre finished on the other end with a slam dunk and the Gauchos were off and running.

Pierre-Louis scored 22 first half points as he constantly attacked the basket. He also added 8 rebounds and four assists.

The Gauchos led 60-33 at the break and kept their foot on the gas pedal in the second half.

13 players scored for UCSB who play at Pac-12 school Washington State on Monday.

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Mike Klan

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