Men's Basketball's Offensive Struggles Continue In 62-41 Loss At San Jose State

Nov. 24, 1999

San Jose, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's basketball team continued to have its problems offensively, shooting only 27.3% from the field and losing its second game of the season, 62-41 at San Jose State on Wednesday night.

In addition to their struggles from the field overall, the Gauchos, after hitting their first three-point attempt, missed their last 17 in a row to finish 1-for-18 (05.6%). After Brandon Payton made a layup with 13:13 remaining in the first half to pull the Gauchos to within 8-7, UCSB went scoreless for the next 8:34 until Juliano Jordani made a free throw with 4:39 remaining. They did not make another field goal until Payton hit a jumper with 2:21 left in the half.

The Gauchos trailed at the end of the first half, 33-14, shooting a mere 19.2% from the field. The Spartans shot 48.1% in the first half.

San Jose State picked up in the second half where they left off in the first half. They outscored the Gauchos 23-9 at the outset to take a 56-23 lead, their biggest lead of the game.

The Spartans had three players in double-figures, led by forward Darnell Williams who scored 16 and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. The Gauchos were led by sophomore forward Mike Vukovich who scored 13 points, had nine rebounds and blocked a pair of shots. Forward Adama Ndiaye had seven points and nine rebounds.

UCSB is now 0-2 on the season and they remain in the Bay Area to play at the University of San Francisco on Sunday, November 28 at 3:30 p.m.