March 9, 2000

Men's Basketball Drops Big West Tournament Opener To Host Nevada, 85-78

March 9, 2000

Reno, Nevada - This wasn't the way that UC Santa Barbara's three senior guards planned on ending their career, but sometimes the best laid plans just don't work out.

Freshman guard Terrance Green scored 27 points, including 19 in the second half to lead Nevada to a 85-78 victory over the Gauchos Thursday night in a first round game at the Big West Tournament in Reno.

Green scored 11 of the Wolf Pack's 17 points down the stretch including nine of ten from the free throw line to keep Nevada's lead. Junior forward Richard Stirgus recorded a double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds to assist the Wolf Pack cause and give them their first tournament win in two years.

UCSB led at halftime, 35-32, but once the Wolf Pack claimed the lead in the second half, the Gauchos never led again.

Senior guard Erick Ashe, playing his final game, scored a team-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists. Junior forward Juliano Jordani was a pleasant surprise as he had 15 points (on 6-for-6 shooting from the field) in only 12 minutes. Adama Ndiaye had 11 points and Derrick Allen added nine in his finale. UCSB's other senior, guard Larry Bell, led the team with six assists.

In addition to Green's 27 points, Nevada was paced by forward Richard Stirgus who had 15 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Tommy Zapata finished with 12 points.

UCSB finishes the season with a .500 record at 14-14. After opening the year at 4-10 and 0-3 in league, they finished off by going 10-4 and 10-3 in Big West regular season games.

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