Dec. 4, 1999
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Mark Hull scored 15 points and Adama Ndiaye added 13 points and ten rebounds to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 73-57 victory over Westmont College at the Thunderdome in Santa Barbara on Saturday night.
The Gauchos jumped out to an early 11-5 lead with 13:04 left in the half on a Hull layup. However, the Warriors scored six unanswered points to tie the game at 14-14. That was the last time the game was tied. UCSB then went on a 12-2 run to take a 26-16 lead with 5:21 remaining in the first half. At halftime, the Gauchos led 30-24.
Ndiaye helped UCSB maintain its momentum with a spectacular dunk in the opening minutes of the second half. The Gauchos, who shot a season-best 60.0% in the second half and 50.0% for the game, pulled away from the Warriors in the final 3:06 of the contest. Leading by only five at 59-54, the Gauchos went on a 14-3 run to end the game, including an 8-0 surge in the final 1:40. Erick Ashe scored nine of the final 14 points of the game for Santa Barbara.
Overall, five Gauchos scored in double-figures. In addition to Hull and Ndiaye, Ashe scored 14, Brandon Payton had 11, all in the second half, and Derrick Allen had ten. Allen also added ten rebounds, tying his career-high and Ashe had eight assists, also a career-best. Not only did Ndiaye post a double-double, but he tied his career-high with four blocked shots. The Gauchos made a season-best nine three-point baskets. They were 9-for-23 from three-point range, 39.1%. UCSB also had a season-high of 24 assists.
Westmont, which defeated the Gauchos 54-53 last season, drops to 3-2 on the year. They were led by Chris Gonzales and Joe Ortiz who each had 12 points. Corey Blick, who hit three free throws with one second remaining last season to give the Warriors the win over the Gauchos, was limited to nine points on 2-for-11 from the field.
UCSB, which improved its record to 1-4, will face the Pepperdine Waves on Saturday, December 11 in a 7:00 p.m. matchup at the Thunderdome.