February 2, 2000

Men's Basketball Can't Hold Lead, Loses At Long Beach State

Jan. 29, 2000

Box Score

Long Beach, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's basketball team made 8-of-9 three-point attempts in the first half and built a 13-point lead at 32-19, but could not hold on and lost to Big West Western Divison leader Long Beach State, 86-68.

The loss by the Gauchos snapped their two game winning streak. UCSB was led by senior guard Derrick Allen who made four three-point baskets and finished with a season-high 16 points. Freshman Mark Hull added 14 points and a team-high five rebounds.

In the game, UCSB hit a season-high 12 three-point baskets, the most by a Gaucho team since December of 1995. In fact, the 12 treys were the third most in school history.

Long Beach State was paced by center Mate Milisa who scored 21 points and had nine rebounds. With the victory, the 49ers have now won 13 games in a row and they are unbeaten in Big West play a 6-0.

With the loss, the Gauchos drop to 2-4 in Big West play and 6-11 overall. They will travel to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. game against the Mustangs. UCSB will return home Saturday, February 5 to host the University of Idaho in a 7:00 p.m. contest at the Thunderdome.

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