Gauchos End Two-Game Losing Streak, Cruise to Victory Over Rival Cal Poly, 73-57
Feb. 14, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Senior guard Branduinn Fullove scored a game-high 17 points and sophomore forward Cameron Goettsche had 12 points and 11 rebounds, to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 73-57 win over visiting Cal Poly on Saturday night.
Center Varnie Dennis made a lay-up with 10:45 to go in the first half to give the Mustangs a 17-12 lead, but UCSB then outscored Cal Poly 17-0 over the the next 7:14 to take a commanding 29-17 lead. The Gaucho lead was 11 points at the half, 35-24.
The Mustangs (8-12 overall, 3-9 in the Big West) rallied in the second half, cutting the Santa Barbara lead to 49-43 with 11:04 remaining in the game. A three-pointer by Fullove and a lay-up by sophomore guard Cecil Brown put UCSB (13-8 overall, 7-5 in the Big West) up by 11, 54-43, and the lead never fell below nine the rest of the game.
The Gauchos were solid on both ends of the floor on Saturday night, shooting 50.0% from the field and limiting Cal Poly to 33.9%. UCSB also committed just 11 turnovers in the win and outrebounded the Mustangs, 42-36.
In addition to Fullove's 17 and Goettsche's first-ever double-double, the Gauchos received major contributions from several other players. Making his first start since non-conference play, sophomore guard Josh Davis had nine points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. In addition, Davis did an outstanding job defending Mustang forward Shane Schilling who scored 12 points, but made just 4-of-21 shots from the field. Sophomore guard Joe See, making his second start, had seven points, four rebounds and a career-high seven assists.
Cal Poly was paced by Dennis and sophomore guard Nick Enzweiler who had 14 points apiece. Schilling had eight rebounds and five assists to go with his 12 points.
UCSB returns to action on Thursday, February 19, when it hosts Pacific at the Thunderdome starting at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers snapped Utah State's 17-game winning streak tonight and will be tied for first in the Big West when they arrive.