Dec. 1, 1999
Los Angeles - UC Santa Barbara scored a season-high 73 points on Wednesday night at USC, but it was not enough as the Trojans shot 51.4% and defeated the Gauchos 94-73 at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.
For the first time this season, UCSB had four players in double-figures. Erick Ashe, who came into the game averaging 4.0 points per game and shooting 18-percent from the floor, scored a season-high 20 points, making 6-of-17 shots overall and 4-for-11 from three-point range. He was joined in double-digits by forward Juliano Jordani (13 points) and freshmen B.J. Ward (12 points) and Mark Hull (11 points). Ward made all five of his field goal attempts and played a career-high 24 minutes.
The Trojans, who were led by guard Jeff Trepagnier who had 23 points, eight rebounds and five steals and Brian Scalabrine who tallied 21 points and five rebounds, built an 18-point lead at 37-19 with 3:01 remaining in the first half. The Gauchos, however, bounced off the canvas, outscoring USC 11-3 over the final 3:00 to close the gap to 40-30 at half.
USC came out smoking in the second half. They scored the first 16 points to take a commanding 56-30 lead. The Gauchos, who had a season-high 31 turnovers in the loss, had five during the 16-0 run. The Trojans built their lead to as many as 35 points at 94-59. UCSB scored the games final 14 points of the game to make the final score 94-73.
In addition to his 13 point performance, Jordani tied for the Gaucho lead with eight rebounds. Adama Ndiaye also had eight boards as UCSB outrebounded the Trojans 41-37. USC shot 51.4% for the game. The Gauchos, now 0-4, made only 36.5% for the contest, their fourth straight game under the 40.0% mark.
UCSB returns to action on Saturday night when it hosts Westmont College. The Warriors nipped the Gauchos last season, snapping a lengthy losing streak. The game will tipoff at 7:00 p.m. at the Thunderdome.