Nov. 30, 2003
MISSOULA, Mont. -
Led by forward Dainmon Gonner, who scored 21 points, Southeast Missouri State had five players score in double-figures, and the Indians edged UC Santa Barbara 77-75 in the third-place game at the Montana Doubletree Holiday Classic in Missoula.
Gonner's effort helped Southeast Missouri overcome a career-high 23-point performance by UCSB senior guard Jacoby Atako. Atako, who scored 18 of his points in the second half and made four three-point baskets in the game, made 9-of-11 shots overall and helped the Gauchos rally from a ten-point first half deficit.
UCSB, in fact, took a six-point lead with 12:34 left in the game on a lay-up by junior forward Casey Cook, who equaled his career-high with 16 points. But the Indians went on a 16-4 run over the next seven minutes to take a 62-56 lead and although the Gauchos were able to pull to within three on several occasions, they weren't able to get any closer until Atako's three-pointer at the buzzer made it a two-point game.
After shooting under 33.0% in a Saturday night loss to St. Mary's, the Gauchos heated-up on the offensive end on Sunday night. UCSB shot 45.6% for the game, including 50.0% (9-of-18) from three-point territory. On Saturday, the Gauchos made just 2-of-17 shots from beyond the arc.
In addition to the two players who scored in double-figures, sophomore guard Joe See chipped-in eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, and sophomore forward Cameron Goettsche had a season-high seven points and seven rebounds. He too made two three-point baskets. Also, after getting soundly outrebounded in the tournament opener, the Gauchos won the rebounding battle by a 36-26 margin.
With the loss, UCSB drops to 1-2 on the year. They will play their first home game on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. when they host Pepperdine at the Thunderdome.