Nov. 21, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
Darrell Tucker scored 24 points, including the final bucket, and Hondre Brewer posted career-highs of 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocked shots, to lead the University of San Francisco to a 77-74 overtime win over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday.
UCSB, which was playing without injured forward Adama Ndiaye and injured guard Branduinn Fullove, led for much of the game. USF took the lead for the first time when Ali Thomas hit a three-pointer with 4:48 remaining in regulation, giving his team a 59-56 advantage. From that point on it was a nip-and-tuck contest.
With the Dons leading 59-56, Gaucho sophomore Mark Hull hit a 15-footer to narrow the gap to 59-58. A lay-up and free throw by James Lee gave San Francisco its biggest lead of the game at 62-58 with 3:29 to go, but 16-seconds later, Hull drained a three-pointer with a defender draped all over him, making the score 62-61, USF. With 2:31 left and the score still 62-61, Gaucho point guard B.J. Ward drove the lane and pulled-up from ten feet out, he hit the shot and was fouled by the Dons' Chris Barideaux. Ward made the free throw to give UCSB a two-point lead, 64-62.
San Francisco's Brewer was then fouled by Juliano Jordani with 1:21 remaining. He made one of the two free throws to make it a one-point game, 64-63. After a Gaucho miss, Brewer hit another short jumper with 1:01 to go, giving his team a one-point lead. Tucker was fouled on the play and hit one -of-two shots from the free throw line to make the score 66-64, USF. At that point, UCSB's Ward made the play of the game. With 0:53 left in regulation, he drove the ball down the court, when he hit the top of the key, he drove the right side of the lane, went baseline and threw down a slam dunk over USF's Ali Thomas. In addition to the dunk, Ward was fouled and hit the free throw to give the Gauchos a 67-66 advantage.
After a timeout, the Dons set-up yet another play for Tucker, and the sophomore answered the call, hitting a short jumper with 38-seconds remaining. Once more, however, it was Ward who responded for the Gauchos, hitting a 12-footer with 18-seconds left to make the score 69-68 Gauchos. With ten-seconds to go, USF's Eugene Brown was fouled and he made one of two free throws to tie the score at 69-69. UCSB had two final chances in regulation, but a shot by Ward and a follow by Jordani each rimmed out, forcing the game to overtime.
USF outscored the Gauchos in the overtime, 8-5. UCSB was hindered by poor foul shooting as they went 1-for-4 from the charity stripe in the overtime. The Gauchos' last lead came with 2:54 remaining when LaRon Bryant hit a lay-up to make the score 73-71. At that point, Ali Thomas and Shamell Stallworth hit short shots to give USF a 75-73 lead, a lead they never gave up.
The Gauchos were paced by sophomore Mark Hull who had 18 points, including 14 in the second half. Another sophomore, guard B.J. Ward had his best game as a collegian, scoring 12 points, passing off for seven assists and coming up with three steals. In addition, Ward had only one turnover. Bryant wound up with 15 points. Other UCSB leaders included Jordani (nine rebounds), freshman Casey Cook (nine rebounds), freshman Jacoby Atako (eight assists and one turnover) and junior forward Mike Vukovich (three blocked shots).
UCSB is now 0-2 on the young season. On Saturday, they will visit BYU on the road in Provo, Utah.