Jan. 13, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Thomas Juillerat scored 16 points and Ari Warmerdam added 14, all in the second half, as visiting UC Davis rallied from 13-down for a 70-66 upset over UC Santa Barbara Saturday night at the Thunderdome. Alex Harris had a game-high 28 points for the Gauchos.
UCSB (11-5) took a commanding 34-21 lead when James Powell made a three-point shot with 3:43 remaining in the first half. Following a timeout, however, UC Davis (3-12) scored the final eight points of the half, four by Juillerat and four by Rommel Marentez, to narrow the gap to 34-29 by halftime.
The Aggies extended their rally in the second half by outscoring the Gauchos 14-4 over the first 7:06. The run was capped by a three-pointer from Kyle Brucculeri giving UC Davis a 43-38 lead. UCSB quickly came back to tie the score at 46 apiece on a lay-up and a free throw by Harris. But a pair of three-point baskets by Warmerdam fueled a 9-0 UC Davis run that gave it a commanding 55-46 lead.
The Gauchos used a 16-5 rally of their own to reclaim the lead, 62-60. Cecil Brown, who finished with nine points, had seven during the stretch.
The Aggies responded again, scoring six in a row, the last five by Warmerdam, including a lay-up and a free throw with 2:25 to go to give his team a 66-62 edge. UCSB cut the lead to two with 27 seconds left when Harris made one of two free throw for the second time in the final two minutes. An intentional foul by Powell sent UC Davis guard Vince Oliver to the free throw line with 16 seconds left. Oliver made both free throws to extend the lead to 68-64. A short jumper by Harris with nine seconds to go made it 68-66, but Oliver was fouled again with seven seconds left and once more he made both free throws to give the Aggies a 70-66 lead. The Gauchos missed a long three-pointer in the final seconds and the score remained 70-66 as the buzzer sounded.
UC Davis shot a season-best 52.1% in the victory. It was the second-highest mark by a UCSB opponent this season. The Aggies also had a decisive 29-24 rebounding advantage, including 17-11 in the second half.
Chris Devine scored 10 points and led the Gauchos with eight rebounds. He joined Harris as the only players in double-figures for UCSB. Brown, who had nine points and a game-high five assists, was the only Santa Barbara reserve to score in the defeat, which ended a four-game Thunderdome winning streak.
The Gauchos will return to action on Saturday, January 20, when they host Cal Poly in a 7:00 p.m. Big West game at the Thunderdome.