UC Santa Barbara Holds Off San Jose State, 76-72
Feb. 18, 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Joe See sank two free throws with 2.9 seconds left, allowing UC Santa Barbara to hang on for a 76-72 win over San Jose State on Saturday.
Cecil Brown had 22 points, five rebounds and six assists for the Gauchos (12-11), who won their fifth straight despite going without a basket over the final four minutes of the game.
Cameron Goettsche had 13 points off the bench for Santa Barbara, which led by as many as 19 before San Jose State (6-19) mounted a late rally.
The Spartans outscored Santa Barbara 17-6 over the final five minutes of the game to erase a 15-point deficit but couldn't complete the comeback. Tyree Gardner's 3-pointer with three seconds left bounced off the front of the rim and into the hands of See, who was fouled and made both free throws to secure the win for the Gauchos.
Carlton Spencer scored 22 of his season-high 29 points in the final 13 minutes of the second half for San Jose State, which lost for the 14th time in 16 games.
The Gauchos broke the game open midway through the first half with a 21-2 run. Goettsche scored all nine of his first-half points during the streak while Cecil Brown added six. Brown later scored on a layup with 29 seconds left, helping Santa Barbara to a 35-20 halftime lead.
Santa Barbara stayed ahead 70-55 on Chris Devine's layup with 4:05 left to play before the Gauchos' offense suddenly went cold.
The Spartans slowly chipped away at the lead from the free throw line, going 9-for-11 to trim the Gauchos lead to 70-66 with 33 seconds remaining. Demetrius Brown's dunk, followed by a short jumper by Spencer closed the gap even more, and Jared Cozad's driving basket with 11 seconds left pulled San Jose State within 74-72.
See then turned the ball over after failing to make an inbounds pass. San Jose State worked the clock down and got the ball to an open Gardner, but the senior guard's 3-point shot fell short of the mark.
Demetrius Brown finished with 19 points and six rebounds for the Spartans while Cozad came off the bench for a career-high 13 points.
San Jose State committed 12 turnovers in the first half and shot just 30.4 percent from the floor.