Men's Basketball Loses At USF, 78-67

Nov. 29, 1999

San Francisco - UC Santa Barbara's men's basketball had its best offensive performance of the year, but it was not enough, as the Gauchos lost their third straight game to open the 1999-2000 season, 78-67 at the University of San Francisco.

UCSB, for the first time this season, eclipsed the 60 point mark. In fact, the 67-point effort was their first over 50. The Gauchos were led by junior forward Juliano Jordani who had career-highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Brazilian transfer from the College of Southern Idaho made 5-of-9 shots from beyond the three-point arc. He was joined in double-figures by freshman guard Mark Hull and junior guard LaRon Bryant who each had ten points.

USF jumped to a 3-0 lead on a three-point basket by Ali Thomas. After the Gauchos tied the score at 3-3 on a trey by Jordani, the Dons reclaimed the lead on a short jump shot by Kenyon Jones. USF never trailed again and, in fact, UCSB never tied the score again.

The Dons led 27-21 at halftime. The Gauchos scored the first four points of the second half to narrow the margin to 27-25, but USF then outscored UCSB 27-10 over the next seven minutes to build a 54-35 lead with 11:24 remaining in the game. UCSB bounced back, however, outscoring USF 16-4 and trimming the lead to 58-51 with 7:41 remaining. The Gauchos never got closer than seven. When Bryant made a pair of free throws with 6:31 left in the contest, the score was 61-54 USF, the closest the score was to be the rest of the way.

While UCSB shot only 37.7% for the game, it was its best shooting effort of the season. In each of the first two games, the Gauchos shot below 30.0%. In the second half of the game, UCSB scored 46 points, more than they scored in the entire game at San Jose State on Wednesday, and they shot 47.1%, their best field goal percentage for a single half this season.

The Gauchos will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Los Angeles to take on the USC Trojans in a 7:30 p.m. game at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.