Nov. 14, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
Juliano Jordani scored 13 points and had eight rebounds and freshman guard Branduinn Fullove added 11 points and five rebounds to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 70-63 victory over the California Southwest All-Stars in exhibition play Tuesday night.
UCSB trailed 37-30 at half and the All-Stars extended the lead to 42-30 when former Loyola Marymount star Wyking Jones opened the second half with a three-pointer and a layup. The Gauchos, however used a jumper by senior LaRon Bryant, a three-pointer and layup by Jordani, a jumper by senior Adama Ndiaye and a three-point play on a layup and a free throw by sophomore Mark Hull to complete a 12-1 run and narrow the lead to 43-42.
Santa Barbara finally tied the score with 12:15 remaining in the game at 46-46 on a layup by Fullove.
"I thought Branduinn really played well tonight," said Gaucho coach Bob Williams. "He did a lot of good things offensively and he went hard to the boards. In all I think we played a very good second half and he was a key part of that."
The All-Stars made their final push midway through the second half. Down by three at 55-52 when Fullove drained a three-pointer with 9:09 left, they went on a 6-0 spurt, capped by a Derrick Higgins layup to give them their final lead of the contest, 58-55. UCSB freshman guard Nick Jones responded with a three-pointer to tie the score at 58-58 and then Fullove scored on a slashing layup to put the Gauchos in front for good, 60-58. In fact, after trailing 58-55, Santa Barbara outscored the All-Stars 15-5 over the games final seven minutes to put the game away.
Although the Gauchos shot only 41.5% for the game, they hit 50.0% (15-of-30) in the second half. In addition, they made 9-of-20 shots from beyond the three-point arc, a solid 45.0%.
Another bright spot for UCSB was the play of the point guard tandem of B.J. Ward and Jacoby Atako. Although they scored only four points apiece, they each had five assists and combined for only three turnovers. The duo also spearheaded the Gauchos defensively as they helped to limit the All-Stars to 26 second half points and a a 36.9% field goal percentage for the game.
The Gauchos close the exhibition season with a 2-0 record. The California Southwest All-Stars drop to 5-7 on their tour. Their record includes wins over Utah and Arizona State and five of their losses have come at the hands of top-25 teams.
UCSB will open the regular season at Pepperdine on Sunday, November 19 for a 1:00 p.m. game that will be televised on Fox Sports Net 2. They return home for their home-opener on Tuesday, November 21 when they host USF in a 7:00 p.m. contest at the Thunderdome.