Gauchos Outlast Cal State Fullerton in Double-Overtime Thriller, 98-95

Feb. 27, 2004

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FULLERTON, Calif. - Ironically, it was a missed free throw that triggered UC Santa Barbara to an improbable 98-95 double-overtime win at Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night.

With 47 seconds remaining in the second overtime, Titan center Babacar Camara, playing only because starter Pape Sow had fouled out, made a short jumper and was fouled by Gaucho guard Josh Davis. Although Camara missed the free throw, Fullerton still had a comfortable 85-80 lead. UCSB rushed up the court and got the ball to Nick Jones, who was fouled on an attempted lay-up.

With just 35 seconds to go, Jones missed both free throws, but the rebound was tipped out to Gaucho forward Cameron Goettsche above the top of the key. Goettsche calmly drilled a long three-pointer with 31 seconds left. UCSB trapped on the inbounds and guard Jacoby Atako stole the ball and went in for a lay-up to tie the score with 22 seconds to go. Atako was fouled by Yaphett King on the basket, but he too missed the free throw. Fullerton rebounded and called time-out with 18 seconds left, but two shots in the closing seconds missed, sending the game into a second overtime.

The second extra session started out all UCSB. The Gauchos won the tip and Casey Cook was fouled as he missed a lay-up attempt. Cook made both free throws and then, after a Titan miss, Cook hit a high-banking lay-up and was fouled. He made the free throw to give UCSB a 90-85 lead with 3:50 to go in the second overtime.

After another defensive stop, Santa Barbara guard Cecil Brown hit a three-pointer from above the key to make it 93-85 Gauchos with 3:14 left. Fullerton, however, wasn't dead as freshman guard Bobby Brown drained a three-pointer from the corner to cut the gap to 93-88 with 2:47 remaining. UCSB guard Chrismen Oliver, who played much of the second half, responded with a three-pointer of his own to make it 96-88 at the 2:20 mark. Titan guard Brian Pruitt made a short jumper in the middle of the lane and was fouled by Cecil Brown. Pruitt missed the free throw and the score was 96-90 with 1:56 left.

After a turnover, Titan guard Zakee Smith went baseline for a quick driving lay-up. The basket was good and Smith was fouled by Goettsche. The free throw was missed, but the lead was down to four, 96-92. After a missed shot on the Gaucho end, Fullerton's Bobby Brown made his seventh three-pointer of the game with 56 seconds left to pull his team to within one, 96-95. After another Gaucho missed shot, the Titans' Camara had a pair of attempts to give his team the lead, but he was harassed into a two misses. Goettsche rebounded the ball and hit Branduinn Fullove on the outlet. Fullove was fouled and made both free throws to give the Gauchos a 98-95 advantage with 11 seconds left. With no time-outs remaining, Fullerton worked the ball into the corner and Pruitt missed a three-point attempt to end the game.

UCSB, now 14-10 overall and 8-7 in the Big West, snapped a two-game losing streak overall and a four-game road losing streak. The Gauchos were led by Goettsche who had a career-high 18 points despite playing with an injured thumb. He also tied for the team-lead with seven rebounds. Cecil Brown, who played a career-high 44 minutes, scored a career-high 17 points and made a personal best four three-pointers. Cook had 15 points for UCSB and Fullove added 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Fullove had an offensive rebound and a follow near the end of regulation that tied the score at 72-72 and sent the game into the first overtime. Guards Josh Davis and Chrismen Oliver also contributed off the bench. Davis made 5-of-7 shots from the field and had 12 points before fouling out and Oliver had a career-high nine points to go with three assists and three rebounds in a career-high 24 minutes of action. UCSB played without guard Joe See in the second half and overtime after he was poked in the eye midway through the first half. Freshman forward Glenn Turner, who has seen his role increase in the last several games, did not play because of a sore back.

Cal State Fullerton, which is now 9-15 overall and 5-10 in the Big West, was paced by Bobby Brown who had 23 points and six rebounds. Pape Sow made just 3-of-10 shots from the field, but he finished with 21 points and nine rebounds.

UCSB will play its last road game of the season on Saturday night when it travels to UC Riverside for a 7:10 p.m.