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.