Jan. 30, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Back-to-back 3-pointers by Vincent Cordell and Vinnie McGhee broke a 60-60 tie and Cal State Northridge held on for a 76-69 Big West Conference win over visiting UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night.
The 3-pointers by the Matadors (8-13 overall, 3-5 in the Big West) were the only two they made in the second half, but they made them when they counted the most. The Gauchos (11-8, 6-3), on the other hand attempted a season-high 34 3-pointers, making 10. The loss ended their 3-game winning streak.
"When you go on the road and settle for as many 3-pointers as we took tonight, you're not going to win," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "We just didn't show any toughness tonight. Going inside is a toughness thing and tonight we just didn't show any."
The teams played a see-saw first half with each leading by as many as five points. Northridge used a 9-2 run in the final 2:46 to take a 39-37 lead at the break.
The Gauchos missed 10 of their first 12 shots to start the second half and the Matadors assumed a 50-42 lead with 11:20 to play in the game.
The lead was still 60-56 when Northridge's Willie Gallick made one out of two free throws with 4:40 left. A James Nunnally 3-pointer with 4:02 to play got Santa Barbara within one, 60-59. On the other end, a Kenny Daniels lay-up was blocked by Orlando Johnson and Powell came down with the rebound. The ball went into the corner to Nunnally, who made a 3-pointer, but the Matadors' Raymond Cody was whistled for a foul as he fought through a Jaimé Serna screen. The 3-pointer was waved off and, after a timeout, Serna made one out of two free throws to tie the score at 60, setting the stage for the big 3-pointers by Cordell and McGhee.
The Gauchos didn't get closer than five the rest of the way.
UCSB was led by Nunnally who had 21 points and Johnson who had 20 to go with a team-high eight rebounds. Powell added 13. Northridge was led by Willie Galick who had 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. The Matadors dominated the Gauchos on the boards, 43-33.
UCSB shot just 33.3% from the field and 29.4% from beyond the 3-point arc. The Matadors made 42.6% overall.
The Gauchos remain on the road for two more, traveling to Pacific for a 7:00 p.m. game on Thursday, Feb. 4 and UC Davis for a 7:00 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 6. They return home on Saturday, Feb. 13 for a 4:00 p.m. game against Long Beach State.
The game against the 49ers will be televised by Fox Sports Prime Ticket and will be a "Legends of the Dome" game.
For years, the Gauchos have been exciting crowds in the Thunderdome. Through the years, legends were made in the 'Dome. Now, five former UCSB standouts are being saluted as "Legends of the Dome." The first legendary women's volleyball star, Roberta Gehlke, was unveiled Oct. 19, 2009. The first men's basketball legend, Carrick DeHart, was unveiled on Jan. 23 before a game against Cal State Fullerton. Three other legends will be introduced this year. The second men's hoops legend will be unveiled prior to UCSB's 4:00 p.m. Feb. 13 game against Long Beach State. Women's basketball legends will be honored on Feb. 11 before a 7:00 p.m. game against UC Riverside, and on Feb. 27 before a 2:00 p.m. Blue-Green Rivalry Series game against Cal Poly.
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.