Jan. 12, 2002
Stockton, Calif. -
The UC Santa Barbara basketball team lost its starting post player, senior Adama Ndiaye, with about 12 minutes to go in Saturday's game at the University of the Pacific, then the Gauchos lost the game.
UCSB, leading for most of the first 30 minutes of the game, led by six points when Ndiaye went down with a shoulder injury. Pacific jumped on its opportunity, outscoring the Gauchos 11-2 over a four minute span after Ndiaye's departure, and going on to a 73-70 victory.
Ndiaye tried to return to the contest with just over two minutes to play, but after about 30 seconds he had to leave again. He finished with a season-high 17 point, making 5-of-6 shots from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Mark Hull, who had struggled for several games, heated up in the second half, finishing with 18 points, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Guard Jacoby Atako scored a career-high 13 on 5-of-8 shooting overall and 3-of-6 from three-point territory.
As a team, UCSB made 47.9% of its shots, but allowed Pacific to hit 46.3%, including 58.3% in the second half.
The Gauchos are now 10-5 overall and 4-2 in the Big West. They travel to Cal Poly on Saturday, January 19 for a 7:00 p.m. game against the Mustangs.