Jan. 22, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Erick Ashe scored a career-high 27 points, making 6-of-11 shots from three-point range, to lead UC Santa Barbara to an 89-65 win over the University of Nevada on Saturday night at the Thunderdome. The Gauchos are now 5-10 overall and 1-3 in the Big West and Nevada drops to 4-11 overall and 2-2 in league.
UCSB, which led 30-25 with two minutes remaining in the first half, outscored Nevada 8-4 to end the first stanza. In the second half, the Gauchos picked up where they left off, outscoring the Wolf Pack 22-13 over the first seven minutes to build a 60-42 advantage. Nevada never got closer than 15 the rest of the way. in the first half. In the early second half run, two three-pointers by Mark Hull, who also had a career high in points with 19 and pulled down seven rebounds, and another by Ashe pushed the Gaucho lead to a 18 point.
Defense proved to a key factor in the Gauchos victory. UCSB once again held its opponent to under 40% shooting, while shooting 48.3% itself from the field. The Wolf Pack shot only 23.1% from the three-point line and were out rebounded 45-30. UCSB as a team, shot 47.3% from the three-point line.
The Gauchos limited Nevada's high-scoring freshman guard, Terrance Green, to a season-low two points on 1-for-8 shooting. Green was averaging 27.3 points per game in three Big West games entering the night.
The Wolf Pack were led by Richard Stirgus, who totaled 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Nevada pulled as close as six points early in the second half led by Stirgus, but could not get any closer. Brandon Payton chipped in with 12 points and Derrick Allen also pulled down seven boards and dished out five assists to help the Gauchos win to the first conference victory. In addition to his 27 points, Ashe added a team-high six assists