Jan. 22, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
David Doubley scored 16 points, including eight during a 16-5 run in the final 10 minutes of the first half, to lead visiting Pacific past UC Santa Barbara 58-43 on Saturday night.
The Gauchos (7-9 overall and 4-4 in the Big West) made four of their first eight shots in the first nine minutes, but in the final 31 minutes, they hit just 11-of-46, 23.9%, to finish at a season-low 27.8% for the game. Josh Davis scored a game-high and career-high 21 points, making 7-of-13 shots overall and 5-of-7 from beyond the three-point arc, but the rest of UCSB's players combined to go 8-of-41, 19.5%.
Pacific (14-2 overall and 9-0 in the Big West) made 47.8% for the game, including 52.4% in the second half. The Tigers led just 14-13 when they outscored UCSB 16-5 to end the first half. They came out of the gates fast in the second half too, scoring the first four points to take a decisive 34-18 lead. The Gauchos never got closer than 14 the rest of the game.
"I thought we did some things well tonight," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "We defended well and we only had nine turnovers, but we just couldn't hit shots. They (Pacific) are the best team in this league and they play good defense, but we also missed a lot of open looks.
Senior guard Chrismen Oliver, who averaged 20.0 points in the two previous games, including a career-high 21 in Thursday's win over Cal State Northridge, was just 1-for-13 from the field and 1-of-9 from three-point range, finishing with three points. He had plenty of company, however, as every Gaucho, with the exception of Davis, made fewer than one-third of their shots.
Pacific has now won ten consecutive games this season and 22 in a row in Big West play dating to the 2003-04 season. Forward Christian Maraker had eight points and four rebounds, and reserve guard Mike Webb added eight points. Doubley had added a game-high five assists to go with his 16 points.
UCSB, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, hits the road for its next two games. The Gauchos travel to UC Riverside on Thursday, January 27, for a 7:00 p.m. game against the Highlanders.