Feb. 16, 2011
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Eric "The Freeze" McArthur, one of the most important players in UC Santa Barbara's rise to national prominence in basketball in the last 1980s and early 1990s, was introduced as the seventh "Legend of the Dome" at halftime of Wednesday night's basketball game against Cal State Fullerton.
McArthur, a member of the Gauchos from 1986-90, is the school's all-time leader in rebounds with 904 and blocked shots with 249. His blocked shot total is 95 more than the next closest player. He is the only UCSB player ever to have 300 rebounds in a season more than once. He still holds the single-season record of 377 rebounds set in 1990 when he ranked third in the nation at 13.0 per game. That same year, McArthur set the school record with 91 blocked shots and he still holds the top three spots on the single-season blocked shot list.
In addition to his career and season records, the 6-foot-6 South Pasadena native set a school record for rebounds in a game when he collected 28 on Jan. 11, 1990, against New Mexico State.
A two-time All-Big West honoree and an All-American in 1990, McArthur helped lead UCSB to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1988 and 1990. The 1989 Gauchos advanced to the National Invitation Tournament. In an NCAA first round game against Houston in 1990, McArthur led his team to a 70-66 win when he had 20 points, 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and four steals.
McArthur is the seventh UCSB athlete to be introduced as a "Legend of the Dome" and the third men's basketball player. He joins his former teammates Brian Shaw and Carrick DeHart who were introduced last season.
The next women's basketball "Legend of the Dome" will be introduced on Thursday, Feb. 24 when the Gauchos host Long Beach State at 7:00 p.m. in the Thunderdome.