LONG BEACH, Calif. – It was cold inside the Pyramid on Thursday night and the freezing temperatures, unfortunately, seeped onto the UC Santa Barbara bench.
The Gauchos shot a frigid 27.8% on the night and though they held Long Beach to under 50 points with another strong defensive night, the shooting woes were too much to overcome in a 46-34 loss. The defeat drops UCSB to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in the Big West. The 49ers, meanwhile, improved to 8-11, 3-3.
UCSB never led and went through two prolonged scoring spells in the first half to dig a hole that proved too big to climb out of. The Gauchos didn't score their first points until 15:05 to play and then finished the first half scoreless for the final 5:18. At the break, Long Beach held a 10-point advantage.
While the second half was closer and Santa Barbara showed a lot of spirit, especially defensively, the team could not turn that into points and couldn't push the deficit into single digits.
The Gauchos return to action on Saturday with a 4 p.m. game at Cal State Northridge. The game can be heard live in AM 990 in Santa Barbara and worldwide by clicking here with the pregame show starting a half-hour before tip-off.