Nov. 26, 2007
Senior guard Alex Harris averaged 28 points, five rebounds and one assist per game in leading UCSB to wins over San Francisco and Montana State last week at The Thunderdome. He was named the Big West Player of the Week for his performances as well.
After missing a game with an injured left thumb, Harris returned to action against USF on Nov. 20. Although he had trouble handling the ball due to a heavily-taped hand, he made 7-of-12 shots overall, including 4-of-7 from three-point range, and scored 27 points, equaling his season-high. Harris also made 9-of-11 free throw attempts in pacing the Gauchos to a 74-69 win over the Dons.
On Nov. 24, Harris set a new season-high with 29 points in a 76-61 win over Montana State. He tallied 20 of his points in the second half as the Gauchos broke open a game that was tied at the half. Not only did Harris score 20 in the second half, he scored UCSB's first 16 points of the half. The native of Alameda, Calif. set career-highs for free throws attempted and made by hitting 15-of-18. In addition, Harris had a season-high and team-high eight rebounds in the victory. The outstanding performance was particularly critical because UCSB was playing without its second-leading scorer, Chris Devine.
Harris is now averaging 25 points per game and has helped UCSB to a 5-1 record, the program's best six-game record since the 1992-93 season.