September 9, 2007

Gauchos Complete Tour of British Columbia with 4-1 Record After 87-52 Rout of Douglas College

Sept. 9, 2007

Box Score

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. - Alex Harris scored 18 points and Chris Devine added 15 as five UC Santa Barbara players scored in double figures in the Gauchos 87-52 blowout win over Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday night. UCSB completed its five-game tour of Canada with a 4-1 record, including three wins in the last three days.

Harris scored six points in the opening minutes as UCSB jumped to an 11-2 lead. The Royals closed to within five points at 16-11 at the end of the first quarter. Ivan Elliott had four points in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, with the lead down to three at 18-15, the Gauchos went on an 11-0 run to take a commanding 29-15 edge. Harris started the rally with a turnaround from about 10 feet out in the middle of the key. Following a pair of Elliott free throws, James Powell hit a three-pointer from deep in the corner. Elliott then made a sweeping lay-up and Sam Phippen hit a baseline turnaround. After Douglas forward Andrew Sturgeon made a pair of free throws to stop the run, UCSB ran off another 10 points in a row, including a pair of baskets by Elliott and another three-pointer by Powell, to claim a 39-19 lead.

The Gauchos maintained most of the lead as the half came to a close, taking a 45-26 edge into the locker room. In the first two quarters, UCSB's defense forced 21 turnovers and held the Royals to just 40.0% shooting. Harris led the way with 13 first half points, while Elliott had 10. Powell and Devine each had seven. Sturgeon had 10 first half points for Douglas. Bol Kong, who scored 36 points in a Royal victory over Boise State, was held to just four points in the first 20 minutes.

The third quarter was more of the same for Santa Barbara. Weiner opened the scoring with a three-point basket to start a 10-3 rally to give the Gauchos a 55-29 advantage. Douglas was only able to shave one point off the rest of the way and UCSB took a 62-37 edge into the final quarter.

Weiner opened the fourth quarter the same way he began the third, with a three-pointer, his third of the game. The Gauchos outscored the Royals 25-15 in the fourth quarter to complete the rout.

In addition to Harris and Devine, three other UCSB players scored in double-figures. Phippen and Elliott each added 12 and Weiner had 11. Justin Joyner scored just one point in the contest, but he had eight assists, his highest total of the trip. The Gauchos also forced 35 turnovers in the game, giving them 158 in five games on the trip.

Douglas, which was paced by Sturgeon who finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, shot just 36.4% for the game, while Santa Barbara hit 44.3%.

The win was particularly impressive because the Royals had already beaten Boise State earlier in the week and they had played a very close game with Marquette.

UCSB will return home Monday night. The Gauchos open regular practice on Saturday, Oct. 14, and will begin the regular season in the Basketball Travelers Classic at Stanford in November.

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