Nov. 20, 1999
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Jarron Collins had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Ryan Mendez had seven points and 13 rebounds to lead ninth-ranked Stanford to a 62-49 victory over UC Santa Barbara in the Gaucho's regular season opener at the Thunderdome.
The Gauchos jumped out to an early lead and when freshman Mark Hull hit a layup with 6:21 remaining, it gave UCSB a 19-12 edge, their biggest of the game. However, with 2:12 to play in the first half, the Cardinal took their first lead on a three-pointer by Michael McDonald. Stanford never trailed agin and they led at half, 25-21.
The Cardinal went on a 5-0 run to start the second half, increasing the advantage to 30-21. UCSB rallied, scoring eight unanswered points to cut Stanford's lead to one. The Cardinal, however built the lead back up and kept it between five and nine the most of the remainder of the game. The Gauchos committed several intentional fouls in the final two minutes, resulting in the 13-point final margin, the largest of the game.
UCSB was led by Hull who had 13 points and seven rebounds. He was the only Gaucho in double-figures, but junior Juliano Jordani had eight points and a team-high eight rebounds. In addition to Jarron Collins and Mendez, the Cardinal were led by David Moseley who had ten points. The Gauchos limited Stanford freshman phenom Casey Jacobsen to seven points, all from the free throw line. He was 0-for-7 from the field and missed all six of his three-pointers.
Both the Gauchos and Cardinal struggled on the offensive end of the floor. UCSB made only 29-percent of its shots while Stanford struggled to 26-percent. The Cardinal, however, outrebounded the Gauchos 44-37 and UCSB turned the ball over 18 times. Each team struggled from three-point range. UCSB hit only 2-for-15 (13-percent) and Stanford made only 4-of-25 (16-percent). Stanford also made 28-of-39 free throws and the Gauchos hit 21-of-28.
UCSB is now 0-1 on the season. Stanford is 3-0. The Gauchos hit the road for the next two contests, traveling to San Jose State for a 7:30 p.m. game on Wednesday. They will play USF on Sunday, November 28 at 3:00 p.m.