Men's Basketball defeats Lithuania In Final Exhibition

Nov. 11, 1999

Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Men's Basketball team closed the exhibition season Thursday evening with a 88-65 victory over Kraitene Marijampole of Lithuania. The Gauchos hit 12 three-pointers on the evening and outrebounded the team from Lithuania 44-27 to take the commanding victory.

The Gauchos opened the game up strong, scoring the first five points of the contest on a lay-up and three-pointer by freshman forward Mark Hull. The Lithuanians then went on a run of their own, scoring the next nine points of the game, all on three-pointers. With eight minutes remaining in the first half, Singalas Tribe hit a jumper to give the Lithuanians a 20-13 lead, their biggest lead of the game. After a lay-up by junior Adama Ndiaye that cut the lead to five, senior Erick Ashe hit back-to-back three-pointers to give UCSB the lead again at 21-20, and the Gauchos never looked back. Ashe led the Gaucho attack in the first half with 14 points, hitting four of his five three-point attempts, and UCSB went into the lockerroom with a 39-32 lead. As a team, UCSB was 7-for-14 from the three-point land in the first 20 minutes. The second half saw UCSB's strong shooting continue, as the Gauchos hit 20-of-37 (54.1%) shots from the floor in the second stanza, and 5-of-8 (62.5%) of their three-pointers. Junior Juliano Jordani was 3-of-5 from the floor in the second half, hitting both of his three point attempts.

Erick Ashe led the Gauchos with 23 points on the evening, including five three-pointers. Jordani finished with 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Three other Gauchos finished the night with double-digit scoring efforts. Mark Hull (14), Brandon Payton (12) and Adama Ndiaye (10) all closed the exhibition season with strong performances. Arvydas Straupis and Darius Sirtautas led the Lithuanians with 18 points each.

The Gauchos will open their regular season on Saturday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. when they face the Stanford Cardinal at the Thunderdome.