Feb. 26, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
On Senior Night for the UC Santa Barbara basketball team, it was two freshmen and a junior who led the way.
Freshman guard Derek Rasp tied his career-high with 15 points, freshman forward Chris Moore scored 10 points, and junior guard Josh Davis added 10 points, including two key baskets down the stretch, to lead UCSB (10-15 overall, 7-9 in the Big West) past visiting UC Riverside (9-17 overall, 4-12 in the Big West), 58-54 on Saturday afternoon.
With the Gauchos trailing 53-51, Davis made the first of his two key shots, throwing in a tough leaning back-shot with 2:25 to go to deadlock the game at 53-53. After a defensive stop on the other end, Moore was fouled on a shot after he rebounded the miss of another Gaucho. He hit one of his two free throw attempts to break the tie at 54-53 with 1:42 left in the game.
On the other end, Moore fouled Highlander center David Jobe. Jobe hit one of his two free throws to tie the game for the fifth time, 54-54 with 1:07 left. On the offensive end, UCSB again got the ball to Davis and this time he faced up and went to the baseline for difficult, haning lay-up, giving the Gauchos a 56-54 lead with 39 seconds to go in the game.
After a timeout, Riverside's Rickey Porter, who finished with a game-high 20 points, missed a three-point attempt from the top of the key. The Highlanders, however, tipped the rebound out to freshman guard Larry Cunningham, who missed a second attempt at a three-pointer, but another long rebound gave UCR one more shot. This time guard Justin Bell missed a three-point attempt, and Gaucho forward Glenn Turner came down with the rebound. Turner was fouled with less than a second remaining. He made the two free throws to give UCSB its final margin of 58-54.
Rasp scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half, all on three-pointers. He added a fifth three-point bucket early in the second half to finish with a career-high five. Rasp has now scored 15 points in consecutive games.
Santa Barbara won despite making just 10-of-18 shots from the free throw line and shooting just 29.2% for the game. The Gauchos did force the Highlanders into 15 turnovers.
On senior night, the Gauchos played with just one senior. Guard Chrismen Oliver had seven points, four assists and three steals in his last appearance at the Thunderdome. The only other UCSB senior, Casey Cook, has been sidelined with a broken bone in his right foot since January 2.
The win gives UCSB a spot in the the Big West Tournament. Riverside entered the day tied for the eighth and final spot.
The Gauchos return to action on Thursday when they travel to UC Irvine for a 7:00 p.m. game against the Anteaters.