Nov. 30, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara started its game against the University of San Francisco by going on a 7-0 run and after briefly falling behind 12-11, the Gauchos reclaimed the lead and never looked back, walloping the Dons, 70-47.
Jacoby Atako opened the scoring for the Gauchos scoring on a driving lay-up. Mark Hull then followed with a three-pointer and Branduinn Fullove scored on a lay-up to give UCSB their 7-0 lead. USF's Jovan Harris capped a 12-4 run with a lay-up, giving the Dons a brief lead with 11:46 remaining in the half. Nick Jones drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key to give UCSB the lead for good, 14-12.
The Gauchos built the lead to 12 points with 17 seconds remaining in the half, settling for a 31-21 edge at the break.
UCSB continued to build on the lead at the start of the second half, outscoring USF 12-2 to take a 43-23 advantage. The Dons were able to narrow the lead to 11 with 6:53 to go, but they never got any closer and the 23-point margin was the biggest of the game.
Leading the way for the Gauchos was Fullove who scored a team-high 19 points. Eleven of Fullove's 19 points came in the first half and he finished the game by hitting 7-of-12 shots from the field. He also chipped in three assists. Jones was the only other UCSB player to score in double-figures with 16. He also had the third double-double of his career, finishing with a game-high ten rebounds. Hull took only seven shots, but he finished with nine points, giving him 1,203 for his career, a figure that moves him into tenth-place on the school's all-time list.
UCSB shot 49.2% for the game while limiting USF to a mere 29.3% from the floor. In addition, the Gauchos outrebounded the Dons, 46-31. It marked the first time this season that Santa Barbara had outrebounded an opponent.
The win improves UCSB's record to 2-2. The Gauchos have won two in a row. USF drops to 0-3 on the season.
The Gauchos return home on Tuesday, December 3, to host the USC Trojans in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome.