UC Santa Barbara Knock Off USC, 69-53
Dec 4, 2002
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Branduinn Fullove scored 23 points to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 69-53 win Tuesday night over Southern California, their first win ever against the Trojans.
The Gauchos (3-2) had lost 11 straight to the Trojans (2-2) and hadn't beaten a Pac-10 team in 13 years.
UCSB trailed 30-28 at halftime, but made 6-of-10 3-pointers in the second half, while holding USC to 24.2 percent shooting.
Fullove made all four of his 3-point attempts and 8-of-12 shots overall. The Gauchos' Mark Hull added 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc, grabbed nine rebounds and had six assists while scoring 10 of his 17 points in the second half. Teammate Nick Jones added a pair of 3-pointers on his way to scoring 15 points.
Roydell Smiley made four 3-pointers and scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the first 17 minutes to give USC a 28-23 lead. The Gauchos, however, shut him out from 3-point range the rest of the way.
Fullove, Hull and Jones all made 3-pointers in a span of 1:46 to put UCSB ahead for good, 39-35, with 16:12 left.
Desmon Farmer had 12 points for USC, including back-to-back baskets which drew the Trojans to within seven points, 54-47, with 7:16 remaining. The Trojans, however, didn't make another basket until the final buzzer.
The Gauchos shot 45.3 percent, including 9-of-19 from the 3-point line, and gained more rebounds than USC, 41-33.