Jan. 26, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara bounced back from one its worst games of the season with one of its best.
Nick Jones scored 19 points as all five starters scored in double-figures, to lead the Gauchos past Long Beach State on Saturday night, 82-50.
UCSB, coming off of an 11-point loss to UC Irvine on Thursday night, did everything right from the word go. Jacoby Atako hit a three-pointer to open the scoring and the Gauchos never trailed. Leading 26-10 with 8:43 remaining in the first half, UCSB held the 49ers scoreless for the next 6:27, going on a 15-0 run to take a commanding 41-10 advantage. Long Beach trailed at the half by a score of 46-17. The 17 points in the first half tied the fifth lowest scoring half by a Gaucho opponent in school history and fourth lowest scoring first half. UCSB limited the 49ers to 16.7% shooting from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
After taking a 29-point advantage into halftime, Santa Barbara never saw the lead drop below 20. They did, however, build it to as high as 35 on three occasions.
In addition to his 19 points, Nick Jones finished with five rebounds and a team-high three steals. Adama Ndiaye recorded his fourth double-double of the sesaon with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Branduinn Fullove and Mark Hull each scored 13 points with Hull pulling down six rebounds and Fullove passing off for six assists. Atako finished with ten points, five rebounds and five assists.
As a team, the Gauchos outshot LBSU 48.3% to 27.1% and they outrebounded the 49ers by a 50-30 margin. The margin of victory was the largest in the 85 game series.
UCSB is now 12-6 overall and 6-3 in the Big West. The 49ers drop to 6-14 overall and 2-7 in league. The Gauchos return to action on Thursday, January 31 when they travel to Utah State for a 6:00 p.m. (PST) game.