Men's Basketball Comeback Falls Short, Gauchos Lose To Pepperdine, 68-64

Dec. 11, 1999

Box Score

Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara overcame a 12-point first half deficit to take a six-point second half lead, but they could not hold on and ultimately lost to Pepperdine 68-64 in Santa Barbara Saturday night.

Trailing 26-14 with 4:09 remaining in the first half, the Gauchos outscored the Waves 11-2 the rest of the way to go into halftime trailing by only three at 28-25. Mark Hull, who finished with a career-high 19 points, scored eight points during the 11-2 run.

UCSB maintained the momentum at the outset of the second half, outscoring Pepperdine 17-8 over the first seven minutes to take their biggest lead of the contest, 42-36 with 13:06 remaining. The Waves, however, rallied by going on an 8-2 run to tie the score at 44-44 with 10:57 left. The tems see-sawed for a few minutes and the score was still tied 48-48 with 8:30 remaining. That was the last time the game was knotted. Pepperdine claimed the lead for good when guard Brandon Armstrong, who finished with a game-high 20 points, scored on a layup with 8:24 remaining to give the Waves a 50-48 lead. While the lead never got larger than five the rest of the way, Pepperdine was able to maintain the advantage.

When Hull hit a pair of free throws with 43-seconds left in the game, Santa Barbara trailed by only two at 65-63. Pepperdine's Tommie Prince, who had 12 points for the game, hit a pair of free throws to make the score 67-63. UCSB attempted several three-pointers in the final seconds, but could get none to fall and wound up with a four point defeat.

Once again, shooting problems plagued the Gauchos. UCSB made only 34.5% of its shots with guards Erick Ashe (2-for-12) and Brandon Payton (0-for-7) combining to go 2-for-19 from the field. The Gauchos did outrebound the bigger Waves, 42-39. In addition to a career-high 19 points, Hull tied his career-best with seven rebounds. Juliano Jordani had 13 points and eight rebounds and Adama Ndiaye tallied 11 points and seven boards. Despite his shooting troubles, Ashe had four steals. Senior guard Derrick Allen played one of his best games of the year, finishing with nine points, five assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals.

With the loss, the Gauchos drop to 1-5 on the season. Pepperdine is now 6-2. UCSB will be off for nine days until they host Concordia University of Portland at the Thunderdome on Monday, December 20. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m.