Sept. 7, 2007
Burnaby, B.C. - Alex Harris scored 28 points, including 13 during a decisive fourth quarter rally, to lead UC Santa Barbara to an 87-82 exhibition victory over Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. on Friday night. The win gives the Gauchos a 2-1 record on their five-game tour of British Columbia.
After scoring the first basket of the game, the Gauchos were outscored 18-11 over the final 9:15 of the first quarter to claim an 18-13 lead after one. UCSB shot just 35.7% in the first quarter while Simon Fraser made 50.0%, including 4-of-6 from three-point range.
Nedim Pajevic made a 10-foot turnaround from the side of the lane on the first possession of the second quarter and then Sam Phippen stole the ball and went coast-to-coast for a dunk. Harris then made a long three-pointer to complete a 10-0 run and give UCSB a 20-18 lead.
The teams then traded baskets. The Clan tied the score at 20 on a short follow by Greg Wallis and following a 12-foot baseline jumper by Ivan Elliott, Vladimir Ruzic made a 15-footer to tie the score at 22.
Santa Barbara quickly got the ball up court where it found Nick Quick open in the corner for a three-pointer making it 25-22. Simon Fraser responded again when Kevin Shaw scored on a baseline drive, cutting the lead to 25-24.
Harris drove the lane for a hanging lay-up and he was fouled by Shaw. Harris made the free throw and the Gauchos had a four-point lead, 28-24.
Pajevic scored on a lay-up off of a beautiful feed from Chris Devine, who had rebounded a UCSB miss. The Gauchos had their biggest lead of the first half, 30-24.
After another Simon Fraser basket, Devine scored on a nice spin move to make it 32-26. The teams traded baskets to make it 34-28 UCSB, but then the Clan went on a 9-1 run to take a 37-35 lead with 58 seconds left in the half.
Gaucho guard James Powell scored the final two baskets of the half to give his team a 37-35 lead at the break. He scored the first on a driving lay-up through the heart of the lane and then the second on a follow of a missed three-point attempt. Powell¹s second basket came as time ran out in the first half.
After making just 35.7% in the first quarter, the Gauchos heated up in the second quarter, making 11-of-23 shots. Simon Fraser remained hot. After making 7-of-14 in the first quarter, the Clan hit 9-of-16 in the second frame.
Harris has 11 first half points for UCSB. Devine and Powell had six apiece. Shaw had 13 points, including three three-point baskets, for Simon Fraser.
Justin Joyner opened the second half for the by making a 19-footer to give his team a 41-37 edge. After the teams traded baskets twice to make it 45-41 UCSB, Simon Fraser took advantage of some sloppy play by the Gauchos to go on a 9-0 run and seize a 51-45 lead.
Santa Barbara cut just one point off of the Clan¹s lead over the final five minutes of the quarter and trailed entering the final quarter, 59-54. UCSB had seven turnovers in the third quarter and it was outrebounded by six.
The Gauchos rallied to open the fourth, outscoring Simon Fraser 14-6 over the first 3:48 to take a 68-65 lead. Harris led the charge with eight of the 14 points. The Clan responded by scoring four in a row to reclaim the lead 69-68. Nolan Holmes scored the first two on a 5-footer in the middle of the lane and then one free throw apiece by Wallis and Sean Burke completed the charge.
With the score tied at 69 apiece, Shaw made his fifth three-pointer of the game to give Simon Fraser a 72-69 lead. The Gauchos, however responded with consecutive three-point baskets, the first from Joyner and the second from Harris to give them a 75-72 lead with 2:39 left in the game.
After a turnover, UCSB Joyner through a perfect inbounds pass to Devine who scored on an uncontested lay-up to make it 77-72. Wallis then made a pair of free throws to make it 77-74, but again it was Joyner hitting Devine with a perfect pass, this time on a pick-and-roll, to give the Gauchos a 79-74 edge.
UCSB then pressured the Clan¹s Sean Burke into a contested lay-up. He missed and Devine rebounded. The Gauchos worked the ball into the frontcourt and Simon Fraser was forced to foul three times before sending UCSB to the line. When they did, Elliott made a pair of free throws to pump the lead to 81-74 with 39 seconds to go.
The Clan¹s Matt Kuzminski made a quick three-pointer to eat into the lead, 81-77. Another foul sent Harris to the line where he hit a pair to make it 83-77. Shaw then hit his sixth three-pointer of the game to cut the gap to 83-80.
Yet another foul put Paul Roemer at the line. After missing the first of two, the sophomore made the second to stretch the score to 84-80. Following a Gaucho timeout, Simon Fraser brought the ball in and Burke was fouled by Joyner with 14.9 seconds left. Burke went to the line and made a pair of charity shots to draw to within 84-82.
Ruzic fouled Elliott on the inbounds with 14.1 seconds to play. Elliott drilled both free throws to make it 86-82 UCSB. After Simon Fraser got the ball in, Gaucho pressure forced the Clan to throw the ball out of bounds on the sideline with 8.3 ticks remaining.
After the Gauchos called timeout, they got the ball into Elliott, who went to the line for two more free throws with 7.0 seconds to play. The senior from San Francisco, who missed UCSB¹s second exhibition against Victoria with a sprained ankle, made one of two to make it 87-82. Simon Fraser missed a last second shot and Santa Barbara had its second win in three games on its tour of British Columbia.
Harris finished the game with 28 points, including 13 in the decisive fourth quarter when UCSB outscored Simon Fraser 33-23. Devine had 13 points, Powell 12 and Elliott 10. Also, after shooting just 35.7% in the first quarter, the Gauchos finished at 47.8% for the game and after being outrebounded by six, 29-23, through three quarters, they won the battle of the boards, 36-35.
UCSB, playing its third game of a newly installed pressure defense, forced 27 turnovers by Simon Fraser. In the three games on the trip, the Gauchos have forced opponents into 84 turnovers.
The Clan was paced by Shaw who made six three-point baskets and scored 22 points.
Santa Barbara will travel to Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. on Saturday night for a 7:00 p.m. game. It will close out the trip on Sunday night with a game at Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C.