Jan. 15, 2000
Las Cruces, New Mexico - Sophomore guard Eric Channing scored 26 points and senior guard Billy Keys added 21 as the best team in the Big West Conference, New Mexico State, overcame UC Santa Barbara 76-61 on Saturday night.
Although they fell behind by as many as 24 points (64-40), UCSB continued to battle and a 20-6 run made the score 70-61 NMSU with only 2:20 remaining. The Aggies, however, held on and several free throws sealed the 15-point victory.
UCSB was paced by junior forward Adama Ndiaye who had ten points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Freshman swingman Mark Hull added ten points and five rebounds. Guard Derrick Allen tied his career-high with ten rebounds.
After trailing 40-20 at the end of the the first half, the Gauchos outscored the Aggies 41-36 in the second half.
UCSB drops to 4-9 overall and 0-2 in Big West play. They will continue league play on Thursday when they host Utah State (10-5 overall and 2-0 in Big West action) in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome in Santa Barbara. The game against USU will be the first of a two game homestand. On Saturday, the Gauchos will host Nevada, also at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome.