Nov. 29, 2003
MISSOULA, Mont. -
The UC Santa Barbara basketball team, coming off of an outstanding win on the road at Hawaii, went cold on Saturday night. The Gauchos shot just 32.8% overall and made only two three-point baskets in 17 tries in losing to St. Mary's 62-48 in the first round of the Montana Holiday Classic in Missoula, Montana.
A slam dunk by sophomore forward Cameron Goettsche with 10:55 to go in the first half tied the score at 13-13, but the Gaels then went on a 12-2 run to take a decisive 25-15 lead with 5:05 to go. UCSB could only shave one-point off of the St. Mary's lead by halftime and the Gauchos trailed 30-21 at the break.
Santa Barbara made a run in the second half. Josh Davis opened the half with a short jumper in the center of the lane and Casey Cook hit one from the free throw line to narrow the gap to 30-25 with 18:32 to go in the game. The teams traded buckets for much of the next ten minutes and UCSB still trailed by five, 38-33, with 9:44 left in the game.
At the 8:58 mark, Cook made a driving lay-up and was foued by St. Mary forward Daniel Kickert. The Gaucho junior made the free throw to pull his team within two points, 38-36. On the other end, Kickert was fouled by Goettsche and he made one of two free throws to give the Gaels a 39-36 lead.
With 7:50 to go in the contest, UCSB guard Jacoby Atako was fouled on the shot. He made the first of two free throws, but missed the second and the score was 39-37 St. Mary's.
At that point, however, things went bad for the Gauchos as the Gaels went on an 18-4 run to extend the lead to 57-41 with only 1:43 to go in game. St. Mary's cruised from there, winning 62-48.
Cook finished with team-highs of 13 points and six rebounds for UCSB. Davis, who was scoreless in the season-opening win at Hawaii, made 4-of-8 shots from the field and finished with ten points to go along with five rebounds. Combined, Cook and Davis were 10-of-18 from the field, the rest of the Gauchos, collectively, were 9-of-40, 22.5%. UCSB had its problems from three-point territory in particular, making just one of its first 16 attempts and finishing 2-for-17, 11.8%.
While Santa Barbara forced 25 St. Mary's turnovers, the Gauchos were outrebounded 42-30 and committed 17 turnovers of their own.
The Gaels were paced by guard Paul Marigney who had 12 points and Frederic Adjiwanou and E.J. Rowland who had ten apiece. St. Mary's improves to 3-1 on the year while the Gauchos drop to 1-1.
The loss means that UCSB will now play in the consolation round of the Montana Holiday Classic against either Montana or Southeast Missouri State. The game will tip-off at 4:30 p.m. (PST) on Sunday night. The Gauchos return home for its first Thunderdome game of the season on Wednesday, December 3 when they host Pepperdine at 7:00 p.m.