Wouldn’t you love to go to a school like UC Santa Barbara where they throw tortillas on the court to celebrate an impending victory?
The tradition nearly cost the Gauchos – love that nickname – a victory Tuesday night at San Diego. Two UCSB fans behind the visitor’s bench tossed tortillas on the floor with 0.6 seconds remaining and USD coaches pleaded with officials to access the Gauchos a technical.
Instead the referees gave the fans a warning and UCSB managed to hang on for a 65-61 win.
Forward Jamie Serna had 22 points, James Nunnally 14 and Orlando Johnson 12 for the Gauchos who travel to Washington for Friday’s 7 p.m. game at Edmundson Pavilion.
USCB (5-2) has made two straight trips to the NCAA tournament and their losses this season were in overtime to then-No.18 UNLV and San Diego State.
WEDNESDAY’S MORNING LINKS:
— Our story for the newspaper today examined freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr., who is off to a scintillating start and drawing fans including Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.
— Here’s another take on Wroten.
— Commissioner Larry Scott is in China promoting the Pac-12 and exploring possible business ventures for the conference.
— Terrence Ross impressed East Coast observers and NBA scouts last week in New York.
— While the other freshmen at Arizona are making headlines, Angelo Chol is flying below the radar, which has allowed him to bulk up and steadily improve.
— Salt Lake Tribune columnist Gordon Monson takes a look at Utah and writes: “The fall of one of America’s great college basketball traditions is flat-out shocking, even though its demise has been drawn out.”
— Freshman guard Jabari Brown, who quit Oregon, took a trip to Missouri on Saturday.
— Former UW star Isaiah Thomas is getting acclimated with the Sacramento Kings.
— Remember Chris Otule? The Marquette center who injured his left ACL last week against Washington has not returned and is out indefinitely. The Golden Eagles are proceeding as if their big man is lost for the immediate future and possibly the season.
TUESDAY NIGHT’S PAC-12 GAME:
— It looked like Oregon State was gunning for 100 points against Illinois-Chicago. The Beavers barely missed the mark, but they ran away with a 95-53 win at home to rebound from last week’s 14-point loss to Idaho. Roberto Nelson came off the bench and scored 21 points. OSU (7-2) took a 22-6 lead after nine straight points by Nelson and led 45-21 at halftime. He sank five three-pointers, including three on consecutive possessions in the second half. Jared Cunningham added 16 points and thrilled the sparse crowd of 3,477 at Gill Coliseum with an array of acrobatic dunks.