Men's Basketball Hopes To Remain Hot On ESPN In Home Finale Against Pacific
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Gauchos Take On Pacific In Home Finale At 3:00 P.M. Saturday
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos will play Pacific in their final home game of the 2001 season. The Gauchos will enter the game against the Tigers as the third place team in the Big West. A win today would clinch a winning league record for the third straight season.
The Gaucho Record
UC Santa Barbara enters today's game with an overall record of 12-12 and a Big West mark of 8-5. On Thursday, the Gauchos won at Cal Poly by a score of 84-77. The victory over the Mustangs was UCSB's second in a row and their seventh in eight games. The win, combined with Long Beach State's loss at UC Irvine on Thursday, moves the Gauchos back into third place in the Big Wes Conference.
Gauchos Win 3rd Straigt Road Game, 84-77 At Cal Poly
Mark Hull scored 21 points, Branduinn Fullove added 20 points, and Nick Jones had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead UCSB to an 84-77 win at Cal Poly on Thursday night. Hull, who scored 13 of his points in the second half, hit four three-point baskets in the final 18 minutes to help the Gauchos win for the seventh time in eight games. Hull, who was coming off of a 1-for-9 shooting performance against UC Riverside a week ago, made 7-of-15 shots, including 6-of-11 from three point range, to lead the way. Fullove scored 12 of his 20 in the second half, including six free throws down the stretch. Jones recorded the first double-double of his career and his 11 rebounds was a career-high. In addition to that trio, forward Mike Vukovich made 5-of-6 shots and scored ten points. Not only did Hull bounce back from a poor shooting performance, but so too did the Gauchos. After making only 30.6% from the field againt Riverside on Saturday, UCSB made 51.8% at Cal Poly.
ESPN Returns For Home Finale
ESPN, well ESPN2, will return to the Thunderdome on Saturday for UCSB's home finale against Pacific. The Gauchos and Tigers will play a rare afternoon game to accomodate the network with tipoff scheduled for 3:05 p.m. The game will also mark the final home appearance for a a pair of Gaucho seniors, Juliano Jordani and LaDonte King.
What About Bob?
Bob Williams is in his third season as head coach at UCSB. Last year he guided the Gauchos to a 14-14 overall record and a solid 10-6 mark in Big West play. He is the first coach in UCSB history to open his career with back-to-back seasons of .500 or better. In addition, he led the Gauchos to a record of 22-10 in league play in his first two seasons, a winning percentage of .687, the best two-year league mark in school history. In his first season, Williams guided UCSB to the Big West's Western Division championship, a 15-13 record overall and a 12-4 record in league. He was named Big West Coach of the Year in 1999. Williams has posted a 41-39 overall record as head coach of the Gauchos. Including this year, his Big West record is 30-15 (.667), the third best mark in the league over that span. In his career, which includes stops at UC Davis and Menlo College, he now has a 230-139 record.