November 18, 2005

UCSB Uses 19-2 Second Half Run to Blast San Francisco in Season-Opener, 82-59

Nov. 18, 2005

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The debut of sophomore forward Chris Devine was delayed for a couple of years because of injuries, but on Friday night he made up for lost time by going for 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists in UC Santa Barbara's 82-59 season-opening home win over the University of San Francisco.

Senior guard Joe See came off the bench to tie Devine for game-high scoring honors with 17. See made 5-of-6 shots from three-point range, including one with 13:17 to go in the game that gave the Gauchos the lead for good and started a decisive 19-2 run.

Following See's tie-breaking three-point basket the teams traded turnovers. See was fouled by USF's Jason Wallace-Carter with 11:06 remaining. He made a pair of free throws to make it 48-43. After a missed shot on the other end, sophomore guard Alex Harris made a three-pointer from the top of the key and See made a three-pointer from 24-feet to give UCSB a 54-43 lead. Devine ended the 13-0 run with a pair of free throws to make it 56-43 Gauchos.

San Francisco's Dommanic Ingerson, a graduate of Santa Barbara High School, ended the 13-0 streak with a lay-up. Ingerson finished with 17 points, making 5-of-6 three-point attempts.

UCSB freshman forward Tom Garlepp scored the next six points, three on a lay-up and a free throw and three more on a three-pointer from the left corner, to give the Gauchos a 62-45 edge. Following a running lay-up by Dons' guard Armondo Surratt, who finished with a game-high 20 points, Garlepp drilled another three-pointer from the same spot to give Santa Barbara a 65-47 lead. The Gauchos coasted from that points as USF never got closer than 13 the rest of the way.

"I thought this was an outstanding effort for us," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "We played with a great deal of engergy for pretty-much all 40 minutes. I thought Devine was really good. That was the type of basketball we expected out of him when we recruited him."

Williams was also pleased that See got off to an outstanding start.

"Joe has really struggled at the beginning of each of the last two years," recalled Williams. "Tonight, playing in front of a great home crowd, I thought he had good energy and was in a good flow. When they (USF) took the lead in the second half, I thought it was the substitutes, Joe and Garlepp, who really kicked us back into gear."

Garlepp, a native of Perth, Australia, had an outstanding debut of his own. He finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes at the four and five spots. He had 12 points and five rebounds in the second half. Harris, who struggled with his shooting in two exhibition games, had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists. He mnade 4-of-5 three-pooint shots.

Senior guards Cecil Brown and Josh Davis finished with four and six points respectively. The duo, expected to lead the Gauchos this season, struggled with their shooting. Brown, who was keyed on all night by the Dons, made just 2-of-10 shots. He did finish with six rebounds. Davis was 2-of-6, but he too had six rebounds.

UCSB (1-0) outrebounded USF (0-1) by a 41-30 margin. The Gauchos also shot 50.0% for the game and limited the Dons to 33.9%. Most impressively, Santa Barbara made 11-of-16 shots from three-point range, 68.8%, including 6-of-7 in the second half.

UCSB returns to action on Monday, Nov. 21, when it hosts the University of San Diego in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome.