Gauchos Storm to Big Lead, Hold Off UC Davis in Showdown for 1st-Place in Big West, 90-81

Santa Barbara Athletics News

Feb 08, 2018

DAVIS, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara jumped out to a big lead in the first half and then withstood a desperate UC Davis rally to win a showdown between the top two teams in the Big West Conference on Thursday night, 90-81. 
Thw win ended Davis’s 19-game home winning streak, the third longest in the nation.
UCSB (19-5 overall, 8-2 in Big West), which won for the seventh time in a row, sizzled in the first half. After the Aggies (16-8, 7-3) scored the first basket of the game the Gauchos went on a 35-13 rampage to take a 35-15 lead with 8:29 left. They finished the first 20 minutes with a 49-37 advantage, making 18-of-32 field goals overall, 56.3%, including 8-for-13 from three-point range. 
“We were really good offensively in the first half,” said head coach Joe Pasternack. “As a team we kept the ball moving, created a lot of good looks from distance and we made our shots.” 
The teams traded baskets for much of the second half. It seemed as though every time Davis made a shot, UCSB matched it. After a three-pointer by Rogers Printup cut the lead to 72-57, Max Heidegger responded with a three to push it back to 75-57. 
T.J. Shorts II, who finished with a game-high 28 points, scored on one of his many driving, left-handed lay-ups to make the score 75-59 with 8:32 to play. But again, the Gauchos responded with a lay-up by Jarriesse Blackmon and it was 77-59 at the 8:08 mark. 
The Aggies then rallied with an 11-0 run and when Siler Schneider made a pair of free throws with 5:25 to play, the lead was down to 77-70. A three-point play by Leland King II pushed the lead back to double-figures, but another three from distance by Printup made it 80-73 with 4:44 left. 
“I thought we showed a lot of resilience tonight,” Pasternack …

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