Feb. 19, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Miah Davis scored 15 points, including 11 in the final five minutes, to lead visiting University of the Pacific past UC Santa Barbara, 61-58 on Thursday night. The win was the Tigers' ninth in a row.
UCSB (13-9 overall, 7-6 in the Big West), trailing 43-35 with 11:55 to go in the game, went on a 10-0 run to take a 45-43 lead with 7:02 remaining. Jacoby Atako, who finished with 12 points, scored the final four in the run. Pacific (18-7 overall, 13-1 in the Big West) tied the score on a lay-up by Tyler Newton and after Gaucho guard Branduinn Fullove made a pair of free throws to make it 47-45 UCSB, Davis began his late-game heroics with a three-pointer at the 4:55 mark.
Santa Barbara outscored the Tigers 6-2 over the next 1:30 to take a 53-50 lead with 3:39 to go in the contest. Forward Casey Cook scored all six points in the run, including a pair of short jump shots. Davis broke-up the UCSB rally with a jumper from the baseline.
With 3:16 left, Newton made one of two free throws to cut the gap to 53-51 and then after a UCSB turnover, the Tigers tied the score on a pair of free throws by Davis. Following another Gaucho turnover, David Doubley went the distance for a lay-up to make it 55-53 Pacific with 2:25 to go.
On the next Santa Barbara possession, Fullove ws fouled and made one of two free throws to make it 55-54 at the 2:01 mark. Pacific responded again. Davis drove baseline as was fouled by UCSB's Josh Davis. The Tigers' Davis hit both ends of the one-and-one to give his team a 57-54 lead with 1:33 remaining.
After a timeout, the Gauchos ran an inbounds play for guard Joe See in the corner. See, who had not made a field goal all night, drilled a long three-pointer to knot the score at 57 with 1:17 to go, but two more free throws by Davis made it 59-57 Tigers. UCSB forward Cameron Goettsche was fouled by Doubley at the 0:56 mark, but he made just one of two free throws. UCSB rebounded the miss, but after a timeout, Fullove got trapped along the baseline and threw the ball away. Doubley was fouled and hit a pair of free throws with 0:13 remaining in the game to make the final score 61-58 Pacific.
Fullove led UCSB with 16 points. Atako's 12 was his highest output since early in the season. UOP's Guillaume Yango joined Miah Davis in double-digits with ten. He also had a key block of a Goettsche slam dunk attempt late in the contest.
UCSB shot just 37.0% from the floor while Pacific made 43.4%, includng 47.6%. While the Gauchos turned the ball over just 12 times, they were soundly beaten on the boards, 39-30.
Santa Barbara returns to action on Saturday, February 21 when it travels to Cal State Northridge for a 3:00 p.m. game at the Matadome. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net 2.