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UCSB’s Sow and Sanni Turn UC Irvine Inside Out in Big West Tournament Opener

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No. 5 UCSB Beats No. 4 UC Irvine, Moves on to Big Due west Semis

Ajare Sanni (Photo courtesy of the Big West)

The No. five UC Santa Barbara men’south basketball game team took downward No. 4 UC Irvine 78-69 in the Large Due west Tournament Quarterfinals on Thursday at The Dollar Loan Middle behind a huge 21-betoken, sixteen-rebound double-double from Amadou Sow and twenty points off the bench from Ajare Sanni.


  • The Gauchos (17-10) hit 7-of-12 (.583) from deep, setting a new flavour-high in three-indicate percentage. They also shot over 50 percent (.509) for the fourth straight game.
  • Sow’s dominance on the inside mixed with his soft bear upon from midrange led to a 10-for-16 (.625) mark from the field, tied for his second-most fabricated field goals of the season. He notched his fifth double-double with a season-best sixteen boards.
  • Junior guard Josh Pierre-Louis (4 points) enjoyed a solid commencement half converting both of his shot attempts inside, just would not render after halftime. Sanni started the 2nd one-half in his identify and provided a huge spark, going a perfect 4-of-4 on threes and 6-of-8 overall to tape his second 20-point game of the flavour.
  • UCSB used the iii-point shot sparingly, but was deadly accurate when the fourth dimension came. The Gauchos continued on five-of-vii (.714) from outside in the second half to assist seal the win.
  • Redshirt junior guard Calvin Wishart was most perfect from the field (5/6 FG), finishing as UCSB’s third-leading scorer with 14 points and leading all players with five assists.


Showtime One-half (31-29 UCSB)

  • Wishart got the Gauchos out to a expert start, striking a 3 on their first possession and taking a steal coast-to-coast to put them upward 7-4 early on.
  • There were 5 atomic number 82 changes in the first ten minutes, but there would be none the rest of the way after an incredible reverse layup from Pierre-Louis put UCSB up 14-xiii. The Gauchos connected finding ways to score inside, and freshman guard Ajay Mitchell establish Pierre-Louis once again on a backdoor cut to put UCSB up 18-13 at the 9:20 mark, capping a 6-0 run.
  • The Gauchos committed just four turnovers in the opening half and gave upwardly just one gratuitous throw every bit they went into the intermission with a slim 31-29 pb.

2d Half (78-69 UCSB)

  • Sanni provided a huge spark for the Gauchos coming out of halftime. UCSB led 37-35 before he put in a squeamish floater off glass. Over the next few minutes, he would pull the trigger apace off the catch for 2 big threes, the 2nd of which gave the Gauchos their first double-digit atomic number 82 of the twenty-four hours, 51-40 with 13:34 to go.
  • The Anteaters (15-ten) fought back to cutting it to half dozen, but UCSB responded with nine directly for its biggest run of the night. Wishart got things started with a patient, soft jumper in the paint. He forced a turnover on the adjacent play which turned into an uncontested 2-hand jam by Sow. Sanni would knock down his 4th straight three without a miss to requite the Gauchos their biggest lead of the nighttime, 64-49 with 6:41 remaining.
  • UCI managed to continue things interesting as information technology went into desperation way, forcing turnovers and scoring on seven straight possessions late to go the lead all the way downwards to 4. All the same, a costly turnover in the final minute would end the comeback bid as UCSB put the game away at the free throw line.

Upwardly NEXT

No. five UCSB moves on to confront No. 1 Long Beach State tomorrow at 6:00 p.k. in the Big West Tournament Semifinals. The Gauchos split the season series with LBSU, defeating the Beach 84-71 terminal month at the Thunderdome but falling on the road 65-58 dorsum in January.


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