Jan. 5, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Deon Tresvant scored 31 points, including 23 in the second half, as Cal State Northridge rallied from 12 down to hand UC Santa Barbara its first home loss in eight games this season, 88-84 on Saturday night.
Tresvant made 10-of-17 shots overall and 7-of-11 from three-point range, but in final 20 minutes he was particularly hot, drilling 7-of-8 shots overall and five out of six from three-point range. The Matadors (10-3 overall, 2-0 in the Big West) trailed UCSB (12-3 overall, 1-1 in the Big West) by as many as 12 points on two occasions in the second half, the last coming at 66-54 with 11:35 remaining in the game.
"I thought we actually did a good job of contesting his shots," said Gaucho guard Alex Harris in reference to Tresvant's offensive explosion. "He got on a roll and it seemed like he couldn't miss. By the end of the game, we were playing him man-to-man, almost a box-in-one."
Tresvant led an outstanding second half offensive assault by Northridge. After shooting 35.3% in the first half, the Matadors made 17 out of their 25 second half shots, 68.0%. The Gauchos also shot the ball well, making 50.9% overall, but they did not have much success from three-point range, making 4-for-15 and missing all nine attempts in the second half.
Northridge took its first lead of the second half at 74-73 when Jonathan Heard made a lay-up with 7:01 to play. Harris responded for UCSB by hitting a baseline jumper, but on the other end, Tresvant was fouled by Gaucho guard James Powell and he made both free throws to give his team a 77-76 edge. Santa Barbara never tied or led the game again.
Led by Chris Devine, UCSB took a six-point lead into the halftime locker room. Devine finished with a season-high 24 points, including 17 in the first half.
Harris, the Big West's leading scorer, had 25 points, including 16 in the second half. Powell added 13 and Ivan Elliott had 11 for the Gauchos.
For the Matadors, Heard and Paul Wayne each had 12 points, while point guard Josh Jenkins had 10 to go with his nine assists.
UCSB was paced in rebounding by Devine and Elliott who had eight apiece. Powell tied his career-high with six assists. In addition to his offensive explosion, Tresvant led Northridge with seven rebounds and four steals.
The Matadors forced Santa Barbara into 20 turnovers, including 14 in the first half. The Gauchos forced 16 turnovers in the game.
UCSB will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 10, when it plays its first road game of the league season at UC Irvine. The contest against the Anteaters will tip at 7:00 p.m.