UCSB Uses Strong Defensive Effort to Open Season With 57-36 Exhibition Victory Over UC San Diego

Nov. 3, 2005

Box Score

Sophomore forward Chidi Ajufo scored 13 points and sophomore forward Chris Devine added 10 to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 57-36 exhibition win over visiting UC San Diego Thursday night.

UCSB led just 19-14 before outscoring the Tritons 16-2 to end the first half. UCSD never got closer than 15 in the second half and at one point the Gauchos led by 25, 54-29.

Ajufo, a transfer from Pensacola Community College, was forced to play 19 minutes because of the absence of returnees Glenn Turner and Cameron Goettsche. The native of Lagos, Nigeria, responded by making 4-of-6 field goal attempts and 5-of-10 free throws for his game-high 13 points.

Devine, playing his first game as a Gaucho and his first game in more than two years, made all three of his field goal attempts and 4-of-8 free throws for his 10 points. He also started and played a team-high 29 minutes.

UCSD, which is an NCAA Division II program, struggled on the offensive end of the floor, making just 34.0% of its field goals. The Tritons also committed 19 turnovers and 30 fouls, resulting in 38 free throw attempts by UCSB. UCSD brought 16 players with them and head coach Bill Carr used all of them in defeat. Guard Robbie Peters made 5-of-10 shots from the field, including a pair of three-point baskets, to lead the Tritons with 12 points.

Senior guard Cecil Brown, playing his first game after missing the entire 2004-05 season, logged 27 minutes and scored six points while grabbing seven rebounds. Freshman forward Tom Garlepp, starting at the five spot because of the injuries to the post players, had eight points and two rebounds in 27 minutes. Senior Josh Davis struggled with his shooting, making just 1-of-5 shots from the field, but he led the team with three assists and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Alex Harris added six rebounds.

UCSB, which made 17-of-40 shots overall, went 0-for-3 from beyond the three-point line.

The Gauchos were playing with nine available players. In addition to Turner (right knee) and Goettsche (left ankle), UCSB was without swingman Derek Rasp (back), freshman guard Lance Hurdle (back), sophomore forward Chris Moore (ineligible) and freshman center David Massey (redshirt).

Santa Barbara returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 9, when it hosts Westmont College in another exhibition game.