Balanced Gauchos Hit on All Cylinders to Blast UC Davis, 73-54
Feb. 2, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Alex Harris scored 15 points, Glenn Turner added his first career double-double, and Michael Chambers scored 11 in the first start of his career, as UC Santa Barbara (8-11) ended a three-game losing streak with a 73-54 win over visiting UC Davis (6-15) on Thursday night.
Turner, who finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high five blocked shots, scored the first basket of the game on a short hook shot. Davis tied the score on a 15-foot jumper by Phil Rasmussen, but then UCSB rattled off 10 consecutive points to take a 12-2 lead. The Aggies crept to within six points at 16-10, but a 7-0 run gave the Gauchos a decisive 23-10 lead with 6:13 remaining in the first half. Davis was never closer than nine the rest of the way.
Chambers scored all 11 of his points, on 5-of-6 shooting, in the first half. On the other hand, Harris, who was a perfect 5-for-5 on the night, scored 13 of his team-high 15 in the second half. Chris Devine was also in double-figures with 14 points.
The teams traded baskets for the first few minutes of the second half, but with 18:12 to go in the game and the lead still at 12, 38-26, it was time for another Gaucho run. UCSB went on another 12-2 run to take a 50-38 lead with 13:29 left. The lead would balloon to 25 points on two occasions in the final 10 minutes.
Thomas Juillerat led the Aggies with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Vince Oliver added 12.
UCSB shot 55.8% overall and 53.8% from three-point range. On the other hand, the Gauchos limited Davis to just 37.0% overall and a miserable 1-for-17 from three-point range, 5.9%. Santa Barbara's leading scorer on the year, Cecil Brown, was held to just five points on 2-of-6 from the field. It snapped a streak of 16 straight double-figure scoring efforts by Brown.
UCSB, which is now 7-3 at home, returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 9, when it travels to UC Irvine for a 7:00 p.m. game agsinst the first-place Anteaters.