January 12, 2008

Gauchos Win On Road at Cal State Fullerton, 87-72

Jan. 12, 2008

Box Score

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- James Powell scored 20 points and Chris Devine had 18 Saturday night to lead UC Santa Barbara to an 87-72 win over Cal State Fullerton.

The Gauchos (13-4, 2-2 Big West) snapped a two-game losing streak, shot a season-best 64.8 percent and handed the Titans (11-4, 3-1) their first conference loss of the season. UCSB also limited the Titans to just 33.9% shooting overall and 22.7% from three-point range.

Justin Joyner and Alex Harris added 13 points apiece for Santa Barbara.

Josh Akognon led Fullerton with 17 points but shot just 3-for-16 from the floor and only made just one of his 11 3-point attempts.

UC Santa Barbara led for the final 36 minutes, taking the lead 15-10 after an 11-2 run. They led by as many as 12 in the first half, and 15 in the second.

Cal State Fullerton scored 11 unanswered points over a two minute span to pull within four at 49-45 early in the second half, but Joyner hit a 3-pointer, Harris hit two free throws and the Titans would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.

"Tonight was a pivotal game," Powell said. "We were not at all pleased with the way we played at Irvine on Thursday night (a 66-63 loss) and we kind of need to atone for that."

Fullerton stayed in the game at the free throw line. The Titans made 25-of-31 shots from the charity stripe. The Gauchos, who did not attempt a free throw in th first half, finished the game 8-of-9, but five of the attempts came in the waning seconds when they were intentionally fouled by the Titans.

In addition to Powell and Devine, Harris (13) and Joyner (13) were also in double-figures for the Gauchos. For Harris the point total was a season-low and for Joyner it was a season-high. Ivan Elliott, limited to 22 minutes before fouling out, led UCSB with seven rebound, while reserve guard D.J. Posley added a game-high six assists with no turnovers. Nedim Pajevic added eight points in 16 minutes for the Gauchos before fouling out.

UCSB remains on the road next weekend, travel to Cal Poly on Saturday, Jan. 19 for a 7:00 p.m. game.