2015 Nexus Sports Awards

The Nexus sports staff gives its picks for this year’s winners, acknowledging another memorable year for UCSB Athletics

Farewell to UCSB, Hello to the Future: Mark Salay

Sports editor Mark Salay gives his goodbyes to UCSB after four great years with Daily Nexus Sports

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UCSB Replaces Decorated Seniors With Two Recruits

The Gauchos will move on from the “Big Al” era with two incoming freshmen for next fall

Michael Sam Tells All in UCSB Visit

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, talked about his upbringing and coming out process Monday at Corwin Pavillion

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UCSB’s Newest Phenom: Gabe Vincent

How men’s basketball star Gabe Vincent almost never came to UCSB and why he will be needed for the Gauchos to win the Big West.

One Last Test: Beat Cal Poly

Big Al and Zalmico Harmon will play in their final game at the Thunderdome against rival Cal Poly.

'Big Al' Williams puts up a strong defense. Dustin Harris/Daily Nexus

Men’s Basketball Closes Out Road Schedule in Manoa

The Gauchos have managed just three wins on the road this year, so how will they fare in Hawaii?

Men’s Basketball Grinds Out Win at Home Versus Irvine

Late minute execution propelled the UCSB men’s basketball team to a narrow 54-51 win against UC Irvine in front of over 4,500 in the Thunderdome.

'Big Al' Williams dominates an Anteater as he drives for the hoop. Sam Aragon/Daily Nexus
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UCSB Hosts Top Two Teams in Big West

Men’s basketball prepares for its biggest week of the season starting with tonight’s home game against UC Davis, followed by Saturday’s game versus UC Irvine.

Big Al Returns in Rematch Versus UC Riverside

Men’s basketball goes on the road with a three-game win streak on the line, and welcome the return of Big Al.

John Green dribbles down the court. Dustin Harris/Daily Nexus
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Men’s Basketball Defeats CSUN on the Road

Michael Bryson had a season-high 26 points in the Gauchos’ win over Cal State Northridge Saturday.

Men’s Basketball Earns Home Win Against Long Beach State

UCSB used a complete defensive performance from start to finish to avenge an earlier season loss to the 49ers in Thursday’s 70-55 home win.

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DeJuan Smith passes to a teammate. Dustin Harris/Daily Nexus

Gauchos Likely Without Big Al in LBSU Rematch

Coming off a dramatic win over Hawaii, UCSB looks to get revenge against LBSU at home

John McCutcheon Officially Introduced As New AD

New UCSB athletic director John McCutcheon was introduced last Friday in a press conference where he touched on his new responsibilities.

New athletic director John McCutcheon addresses the press on Friday. Sam Aragon/Daily Nexus
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Late Run Gives UCSB Thrilling Win Over Hawaii

In a nationally televised game, the UCSB men’s basketball team came back from 13 points down to win in stunning fashion over Hawaii in front of a season-high 4,383 fans at the Thunderdome.