Gauchos Roll On, 74-69, At San Francisco

Dec. 17, 2006

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alex Harris scored 21 points, including the final four of a decisive 8-0 run late in the second half, to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 74-69 victory over University of San Francisco Sunday in the USF Memorial Gym.

The win was the third one in a row for the Gauchos (7-2.) The Dons Alan Wiggins led all scorers with 24 points. UCSB's Ivan Elliott scored 13 points, Chris Devine had 12 and Cecil Brown made 11.

Wiggins bucket with 4:47 left had given USF (4-7) a 63-60 lead when the Gauchos went on their clinching spurt. In the next three minutes, James Powell hit two free throws, Brown a short jumper and Harris a pair of free throws and a lay-in to put the Gauchos ahead 68-63.

Wiggins cut the margin to 68-66 with a 3-point play with 39 seconds left, but UCSB maintained its margin by hitting six straight free throws - two each by Brown, Powell and Devine.

The teams were tied 37-37 at halftime. UCSB had out-rebounded the Dons 19-9, but the committed 13 turnovers compared to USF's six.

Hitting 14 of its 16 attempts, UCSB enjoyed a big advantage in free throw percentage. USF hit 14 free throws out of 24 attempts.

Santa Barbara finished with a 38-26 advantage in rebounding and hit 53.1 percent of its field goal tries (26-for-49), compared to 44.1 per cent (26-for-49) for the Dons.

Sunday's game was UCSBs first since knocking off unbeaten Fresno State on Dec. 6. The Gauchos return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 19, when they host Vanguard University in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome.