Dec. 7, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Cecil Brown scored a career-high 28 points, Glenn Turner added a career-high 13 and UC Santa Barbara limited Pepperdine to just 31.6% shooting from the field as the Gauchos (3-3) defeated the visiting Waves (1-5) 65-56 on Wednesday night.
Brown, a senior guard, scored UCSB's final seven points in the first half, including a three-point basket with three seconds to play tying the score at 27-27. He continued to have a hot-hand in the second half as he tallied 13 points, including nine during a decisive 20-6 run that turned a 34-31 deficit with 15:49 remaining into a 51-40 lead with 7:40 left. Turner had seven of his points during the rally as well.
"I thought Cecil was in a great rhythm tonight," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "He really let the game come to him. Sometimes after he makes a shot or two he rushes to take another, but tonight I thought he let the shots come to him. This is the type of game we have been envisioning for him since he came here."
Brown's previous career-high of 17 was set in an overtime win over Cal State Fullerton during the 2003-04 season.
"I felt pretty good from the start," Brown said. "I wasn't rushing things and that really helped me. I got some good looks early and that helped."
Pepperdine, which led by as many as nine points in the first half, was ice cold in the second half making just 10-of-35 shots from the field, 28.6%. Still, the Waves trailing 57-42 with 4:09 to go in the game, used an 11-1 run to cut the gap to five, 58-53, with 40 seconds remaining. Tashaan Forehan-Kelly, who finished with a team-high 20 points, capped the 11-1 rally with consecutive three-point baskets, but the Gauchos made 8-of-9 free throws in the final 37 seconds to put the game away.
In addition to scoring a career-high 28 points, Brown added five rebounds for UCSB. Turner tied his season-high with five rebounds and also blocked a season-high three shots.
Forehan-Kelly made 5-of-7 field goals overall, 4-of-5 from three-point territory.
UCSB, which ended a three-game losing streak with the win, made 42.3% of its shots overall. Brown was 11-for-17 overall and 3-for-6 from beyond the three-point arc. The Gauchos also committed a season-low seven turnovers in the win. Pepperdine, which has now lost three games in a row, had 16 turnovers.
Senior Cameron Goettsche added a season-high nine points for the Gauchos, including a 5-of-6 performance from the free throw line. He also had five rebounds. Sophomore Chris Devine, who attempted just five shots, had six points and a team-high seven boards. Senior Josh Davis had just three points, but added a team-high four assists and he had six rebounds.
The Gauchos will be off until Saturday, Dec. 17, when they travel to San Diego State for a 7:00 p.m. game against the Aztecs.