Men's Basketball Battles Back Against EA All-Stars Before Losing Exhibition Finale, 78-75
Nov. 6, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
Branduinn Fullove's jumper at the start of the game for the Gauchos was the just the opening act of the Fullove Show. The sophomore guard ended the first half with 15 points, three rebounds and one steal to lead UCSB into the locker room. After trading baskets for the first three minutes of play with the EA Sports All-Stars, the Gauchos went on a 10-to-3 burst to run the score to 19-9, with 15:16 remaining in the half, highlighted by two Fullove threes and a pair of baskets by Mike Vukovich and Jacoby Atako. Following Atako's layup, the EA All-Stars went on a 10-to-0 run themselves, with the hot streak being broken up by Fullove's third three of the night, putting the Gauchos back on the board 21-19, after seven minutes of play.
For the next seven minutes neither team ever lead by more than three points following a string of nine combined fouls by both teams before the EA All-Stars opened up a game high nine point lead with a 6-to-0 streak, to put the score at 28-37, with 3:50 remaining in the half. UCSB came back to within five in the closing minutes of the half but slipped back to a nine point deficit when the halftime buzzer sounded. Fullove paced the way for the Gauchos early on along with Adama Ndiaye's seven points and Jacoby Atako's five rebounds. At the break, the EA All-Stars were lead by Brooklyn McClinn's 11 points along with former Gaucho Ray Kelly's two steals.
If the first half was the Brandon Fullove Show then the second half could be called the Mark Hull Show. The Gauchos started the second half with a 7-to-0 run with Mark Hull opening the scoring with a three pointer and Fullove and Ndiaye added two points apiece to put the score at 41-43 bringing UCSB within two. Hull tallied 11 points in the second half to lead the Gauchos shooting 3 for 7 from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Jacoby Atako notted the score up at 50 with 15 minutes remaining in the game and UCSB took its first lead since midway through the first half, when Mark Hull hit a three to put the Gauchos on top amidst a 13-to-0 run by UCSB.
The Gauchos then proceeded to open up their biggest lead of the game going up by nine with just under ten minutes remaining, with the onslaught being capped by a Mike Vukovich layup. The EA All-Stars answered back with a 8-to-0 run of their own to shrink the Gauchos lead to just one with 8:18 remaining. The score remained relatively close until UCSB went up by five (73-68) with 3:18 remaining and it looked as if the Gauchos were going to take the game. But the All-Stars Brooklyn McClinn drained a three with a minute and a half left to put EA Sports on top for what appeared to be for good. However UCSB was again given another chance to win when down by two the All-Stars Damion Walker was charged with a lane violation on the second of two McClinn free throws. With 26 seconds remaining, UCSB quickly drove the ball down court and got the ball in the hands of Adama Ndiaye for a layup with just twenty seconds left. But EA All-Stars Jason Crowe shut the door on the Gauchos knocking down a shot from beyond the arc with less than ten seconds remaining to put the score at its final mark of 75-78.
The Gauchos were lead by Branduinn Fullove who went 8 for 13 from the field and 5 for 9 from beyond the three point line, for 23 points. The sophomore from Simi Valley also had six rebounds and team high five assists. JuniorMark Hull, who scored 15 points on three three pointers, snagged a team high 9 rebounds for UCSB accompanied by four assists. EA Sports was paced by Brooklyn McClinn with 15 points and Julius Hicks' nine rebounds.
UCSB opens up its regular season in a match-up with crosstown foe Westmont on Saturday, November 17th at 2:00 pm in the Thunderdome.