Gaucho Oucho

Tough times for the Aggies on the road...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Branduinn Fullove scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the last eight minutes to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 62-50 victory over Utah State Thursday, pulling the Gauchos into a first-place tie with the Aggies in the Big West Conference.

UC Santa Barbara (10-10, 7-3), fueled by a trio of 3-pointers by Fullove, outscored Utah State (16-5, 7-3) 18-8 in the last nine minutes.

Freshman Josh Davis rallied the Gauchos from an early 20-17 deficit by scoring all eight of his points in the first half. UC Santa Barbara shot 58.3 percent in the first half (46.2 percent overall) to take a 34-28 lead.

Spencer Nelson, who got 11 of his 16 points in the second half, drew Utah State to within 45-42 at the nine-minute mark.

But two free throws by Nick Jones ended a six-minute scoreless drought for UC Santa Barbara. Fullove then scored 11 of the Gauchos' last 13 points. Mark Hull had the other two and finished with 13 points.

The Gauchos held the Aggies to 34.8 percent shooting in the second half (41.7 percent overall) while Bryan Whitehead was grabbing nine of his game-high 11 rebounds.

UCSB 62, Utah St 50
Preview - Box Score - Recap

    1 2 Total  
  Utah St 28 22 50   
  UCSB 34 28 62 Final 
 

 Utah St
 Player Min FG 3PT FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts 
 D Penigar 25 1-9 0-1 0-0 1 4 0 1 1 1 0 2
 T Johnson 33 3-8 0-1 0-0 1 3 3 0 1 0 3 6
 S Nelson 34 5-9 0-0 6-9 2 8 0 3 1 0 4 16
 R Ross 17 3-4 2-2 0-0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 8
 M Brown 35 1-5 1-3 0-0 0 2 4 3 1 0 1 3
 N Harris 18 2-4 0-0 0-0 3 6 0 1 0 0 2 4
 M Puzey 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 M Stowell 5 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
 C Butler 26 4-8 1-2 0-0 1 4 1 0 1 1 0 9
 C Brown 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 C Evans 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0
 Totals 200 20-48 4-9 6-11 9 29 9 13 6 2 12 50
 Percentages: FG .417, FT .545, 3PT .444    Team Rebounds: 2
 UCSB
 Player Min FG 3PT FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts 
 M Hull 34 4-11 3-6 2-2 0 3 3 2 0 0 1 13
 C Cook 19 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 5 1 1 0 0 3 2
 B Fullove 34 9-13 3-4 0-1 0 3 1 2 1 1 2 21
 N Jones 21 2-6 0-3 2-2 1 2 2 2 2 0 0 6
 J Atako 30 1-4 0-0 2-2 1 4 3 0 1 0 0 4
 C Brown 19 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
 J Davis 12 3-6 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 8
 C Oliver 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 2
 B Whitehead 21 3-4 0-0 0-0 5 11 1 0 0 0 3 6
 Totals 200 24-52 7-16 7-9 9 29 17 8 7 1 9 62
 Percentages: FG .462, FT .778, 3PT .438    Team Rebounds: 1
 Game Info
Technical fouls: None.
Attendance: 2,971.
Officials: Bill Vinovich, Matt Tackett, Mike Partlow.


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