Feb. 26, 2000
Boise, Idaho - With 6:19 left in UC Santa Barbara's basketball game at Boise State on Saturday night, the Gauchos trailed 45-36. They had scored 11 points in nearly 14 minutes and they had turned the ball over 12 times...in the second half.
Things did not look good. But things change.
With 5:46 left in the game, Mark Hull rebounded a missed shot and hit a short bank, cutting the Bronco lead to 45-38. After Boise State's Clint Hordemann was fouled by Erick Ashe and made one out of two free throws to give his team a 46-38 lead, with 5:15 left.
That's when things really changed and when UCSB had completed a 13-0 run, what looked like a certain loss had become a victory.
The 13-0 run started when Ashe went baseline to hit lay-up and was fouled with 4:15 remaining. He made the free throw to cut the lead to 46-41. Ashe followed up his basket with a steal off the inbounds pass. He was immediately fouled and hit one out of two free throws to narrow Boise State's advantage to 46-42.
With 3:58 left, Bronco forward Justin Lyons missed a short jumper and Derrick Allen came down with the rebound. The Gauchos pushed the ball and the break ended with a lay-up by Adama Ndiaye, making the score 46-44. On the next Boise State possession, sophomore forward Abe Jackson missed a shot and Ndiaye came down with the rebound and he was fouled by Delvin Armstrong, sending him to the free throw line for a pair of free throws.
With 3:29 left in the game, Ndiaye made one free throw and missed one, drawing the Gauchos to within a point at 46-45. After another Bronco miss, Allen went baseline on the left side, faked a pass into the post and hit a ten-foot jumper, giving UCSB the lead at 47-46 with 3:09 left in the game.
The Gauchos were not finished.
The teams were scoreless for the next 1:49 until Hull rebounded another Boise State miss, got the ball to Allen who was fouled by C.J. Williams with 1:18 to go. Allen hit both free throws to extend the lead to three, 49-46. Following yet another Boise State miss, Ndiaye came down with a rebound and was immediately fouled by Williams. Ndiaye made both free throws go complete the 13-0 run and give the Gauchos a 51-46 lead with 37-seconds left in the contest.
Three more free throws, two by Allen and one by Brandon Payton, secured the victory. The Broncos never got closer than four the rest of the way. When Hordemann hit a layup with four seconds left, he cut the deficit to four at 54-50, the final score. It was the first field goal made by Boise State since a jump shot by Williams with 6:18 to go.
The game was clearly a defensive struggle. UCSB was able to win despite shooting only 31.3% from the field and turning the ball over 24 times. They held the Broncos to a mere 29.2% from the field and they forced 19 turnovers. UCSB also outrebounded Boise State 39-29.
Ashe led the Gauchos with 14 points and he also had three steals. Ndiaye was the only other UCSB player in double-figures with 11 points. Allen, a 6-foot-0 guard, pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds and he added eight points. Jackson led the Broncos with 19 points while Lyons added 12. The rest of the Boise State team scored only 19 total points.
With the win, Santa Barbara clinched second place in the Big West's Western Division. The Gauchos are now 13-12 overall and 9-5 in Big West play. UCSB has won two in a row, seven of eight and nine of 11 since opening league play at 0-3. Boise State drops to 12-13 overall and 6-8 in Big West play. The Broncos are in third place in the Eastern Division and if they remain there, they would once again face the Gauchos in the first round of the Big West Tournament.
UCSB returns to the court on Thursday, March 2 when they host Long Beach State. The game was originally scheduled for 7:00 p.m., but was moved to 5:00 p.m. to accommodate a Fox Sports Net broadcast. The game will be carried live in Southern California on Fox Sports West 2.