Feb. 22, 2001
San Luis Obispo, Calif. -
Mark Hull scored a team-high 21 points, Branduinn Fullove had 20 and Nick Jones tallied his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, to lead UC Santa Barbara to an 84-77 win at Cal Poly on Thursday night.
Hull, who scored a career-high 31 in a home win over Cal Poly earlier in the month, was again on fire. He scored 13 of his 21 points and hit four of his six three-point baskets in the decisive second half.
"Mark is a warrior," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "He was coming off of a game in which he shot poorly on Saturday (he was 1-for-9 from the field in Saturday's win over UC Riverside), but he is such a big-play, big-game guy. Mark was feeling it tonight."
Hull was the leader, but it was a pair of freshmen who led the supporting cast. Fullove finished with six assists and four rebounds to go with his 20 points. In addition, he nailed 7-of-8 free throws in the second half and turned the ball over only once. Jones scored 14 points, 12 in the first half, and he finished with a career-high 11 rebounds, ten on the defensive end. Forward Mike Vukovich made it a foursome in double-digits, scoring ten on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor.
Cal Poly was led by seniors Watende Favors and Chris Bjorklund who scored 25 and 20 respectively. Favors sank 5-of-11 shots from three-point territory for the Mustangs. Freshman phenom Jamaal Scott scored 14 and pulled down seven rebounds, but he fouled out in the final minutes of the game.
UCSB rebounded from a poor shooting game against UC Riverside on Saturday by making 29-of-56 overall (51.8%) and 9-of-21 from three-point range (42.9%). Cal Poly shot only 39.3% for the game, but they did nail ten three-point baskets.
With the win, the Gauchos have reached the .500 mark for the first time this season. Since a 2-7 start, they have gone 10-5, including 8-5 in Big West play and with UC Irvine's win over Long Beach State on Thursday night, the Gauchos have moved back into third place in the league. Cal Poly drops to 9-15 overall and 3-10 in league.
The Gauchos return to action on Saturday, February 24, when they host Pacific in a 3:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome. The game will be televised on ESPN and it will be UCSB's final home game of the season.