November 23, 2002

Men's Basketball Can't Bounce Back, Drops 73-66 Decision To Jacksonville State

Nov. 23, 2002

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Fairbanks, Alaska - Guards Poonie Richardson and Jay Heard combined for 44 points to lead Jacksonville State past UC Santa Barbara 73-66 in the BP Top of the World Classic.

After tying the score at 2-2 early in the game, UCSB could never catch up. With 17:17 remaining in the game, the Gauchos trailed by 15 points, but led by junior guards Nick Jones and Branduinn Fullove, they cut the Gamecock lead to 49-45 with 7:38 to go.

With the score 49-45, Jacksonville State outscored UCSB 10-2 to up the lead to 59-47, and from that point on it never got closer than three.

Jones finished as the Gauchos' top scorer with 20 points, making 4-of-5 shots from beyond the three-point arc. He also tied for the team-lead in rebounds with seven. Fullove, coming off of a 1-for-8 shooting performance in loss to Weber State, bounced back with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Mark Hull, who tallied 23 in the opener, had ten points and seven rebounds in 37 minutes.

UCSB, now 0-2, will play Centenary in the seventh-place game of the BP Top of the World Classic. Sunday's game against the Gents will start at noon (PST).

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