Nov. 24, 2002
Fairbanks, Alaska -
Junior guard Branduinn Fullove scored 22 points, including 19 in the first half, and sophomore forward Casey Cook added a career-high 16, to lead UC Santa Barbara to an 84-69 win over Centenary in the seventh-place game at the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Fullove hit back-to-back three-point baskets to open the game and UCSB never looked back. Leading 13-8 with 14:59 to go in the first half, the Gauchos went on a 17-0 run over the next 2:44 to take a 30-8 lead and put the game away early. Cook scored five points during the run, while Fullove added four.
The Gauchos led 55-33 at half and coasted through the second half, never allowing the lead to get below the 15-point final margin.
Although he was limited to 18 minutes because of foul trouble, point guard Jacoby Atako had eight assists, just one short of his career-high. Bryan Whitehead led the Gauchos in rebounds with five and he also had a career-best three blocked shots. As a team, UCSB shot 64.3% from the field overall and 75.0% (9-of-12) from three-point range. Additionally, after struggling from the free throw line in the first two games of the tourney, the Gauchos made 21-of-23 from the stripe, 91.3%.
Junior guard Andrew Wisniewski led the Gents (0-3) with 26 points, while forward Shawn Davis added 17.
The victory improves UCSB's record to 1-2 on the season. They return to Santa Barbara to host the University of San Francisco in a 7:00 p.m. game on Saturday, November 30.