Nov. 1, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara overcame a horrific second half shooting performance to defeat visiting Cal State Dominguez Hills in an exhibition basketball game on Thursday night, 61-57.
After making exactly half of their 34 shots in the first half, the Gauchos hit just 5-of-28 in the second half, 17.9%. UCSB missed five lay-ups in the final 20 minutes and despite holding the Toros scoreless for the first 4:05 of the second half and to just two points over the first 8:21, could never take a lead larger than 11 points, 48-37. Dominguez Hills, despite making just 7-of-26 second half shots, closed to within one at 53-52 with 4:27 to play. The Gauchos used an 8-0 run over the next 4:14 to take an insurmountable 61-52 left with 13 ticks remaining on the clock.
"We took 18 more shots than them, forced 28 turnovers and won by four," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "That's not good and we have a lot of work to do."
The Gaucho coaching staff used a platoon system in their only exhibition. The starting lineup included guards Justin Joyner, D.J. Posley and Jordan Weiner, and forwards Chris Devine and Ivan Elliott. After about three minutes, UCSB came with guards Alex Harris, James Powell and Paul Roemer, and forwards Beau Gibb and Nedim Pajevic. With a handful of changes, the pattern continued for much of the game.
Harris made just 4-of-12 shots, but finished with a game-high 16 points. Devine had 14 points and seven rebounds. Dominguez Hills was led by forward Jamaal Barnes who had 15 points. The Toros made several lay-ups against the Gauchos pressure defense in the first half and shot 66.7%. On the other hand, UCSB's pressure led to 18 steals, four by Harris, and three apiece by Devine and guard Justin Joyner.
The Gauchos will open regular season play on Nov. 9-11 when they travel to Stanford to play in the Basketball Travelers Classic. UCSB will open the tournament at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 when it takes on Northwestern State. Santa Barbara will play Harvard on Nov. 10 and Stanford on Nov. 11 to round out the tourney.