UCSB Drops Home-Opener to San Diego State, 73-55
Dec. 4, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Marcus Slaghter had 24 points and Brandon Heath added 20, to lead San Diego State to a 73-55 win at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday afternoon.
Not only did Slaughter and Heath combine for 44 points, they combined for 19 during a 22-3 run that opened the second half for the Aztecs. San Diego led 38-24 at half, but took a commanding 60-27 lead after the explosion that opened the second half. UCSB fell behind by as many as 36 points before a late rally cut the ultimate margin of defeat in half.
As a team, the Gauchos led only once, at 3-2. The Aztecs shot a sizzling 60.0% overall and from three-point range. In fact, before missing their final three three-point attempts, SDSU was 12-for-17, 70.5%.
UCSB was led by Cameron Goettsche who finished with ten points and two blocked shots. Guard Joe See scored nine points and had a team-high four assists. He made 3-of-4 three-point attempts, all during the game-ending Gaucho rally. Santa Barbara shot just 34.6% for the game.
Slaughter was 8-for-13 overall, 3-for-4 from three-point range, and 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Heath was 8-for-10 overall and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. John Sharper added 15 points, making 6-of-8 overall and 3-of-5 from three-point range.
UCSB, which has now dropped four games in a row, is 1-4 on the year. The Gauchos return to action on December 18, when they host Montana in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome. SDSU, which has won four in a row, is now 4-1.