January 9, 2005

Tired UCSB Drops 61-50 Road Decision at Idaho

Jan. 8, 2005

Box Score

MOSCOW, Idaho - For 35 minutes, seven players were enough for the UC Santa Barbara men's basketball team in its game at the University of Idaho on Saturday night.

The Gauchos and Vandals were knotted at 47-47 and UCSB had two chances to take the lead, but couldn't. Instead, Idaho ran off a 14-3 run to end the game, defeating Santa Barbara, 61-50.

UCSB, battling with just seven available players for the second game in a row, use a swarming defense and a three-point shooting offense to keep the game close. Senior guard Chrismen Oliver scored a team-high 12 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and walk-on Derek Rasp added a career-high 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers, but it wasn't enough as the Gauchso lost their third straight game.

Santa Barbara, missing starting forwards Casey Cook and Cameron Goettsche, as well as starting guard Cecil Brown, and key reserves Chris Devine and David Kennedy, were forced to play six players at least 25 minutes and it showed at the end.

Sophomore Glenn Turner, the only UCSB player over 6-foot-5, tied the school record with six blocked shots. In fact, in the last two games, Turner has blocked 11 shots.

UCSB dropped to 2-3 in Big West play and 4-8 overall. The Vandals, who werepaced by forward Anton Lyons with 22 points and eight rebounds, and guard Dandrick Jones with 16 points and 11 rebounds, improved to 3-0 in the Big West and 5-9 overall.

Santa Barbara returns to the Thunderdome to face Central Coast rival Cal Poly on Thursday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m.

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