UCSB, which drew a near-sellout crowd for its season-opening men’s basketball game against San Francisco State, will return to the Thunderdome on Monday for a 6 p.m. game against Hampton University of Virginia. The contest will open the three-game Santa Barbara Beach Classic, which will also include North Alabama. (Jeff Liang Photo)

UC Santa Barbara is including a canned food drive with this week’s Santa Barbara Beach Classic men’s basketball tournament.

Every fan who donates a can of food will receive free admission to the Gauchos’ 6 p.m. game on Monday against Hampton University of Virginia and their 7 p.m. contest on Wednesday against North Alabama.

“Our goal is to have the biggest food drive in Santa Barbara history,” Gaucho coach Joe Pasternack said.

Every fan attendance will also receive a free coupon from Woodstock’s Pizza.

UCSB (2-1) will attempt to rebound from Friday’s 63-54 defeat at Northern Arizona.

Hampton (1-2) will also face North Alabama (3-1) in tournament play at the Thunderdome on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The Gauchos are looking to find their shooting eye after having made just 39.5% of their attempts overall and 28.1% from the three-point line in their first three games. They are also averaging more turnovers per game (13.3) than assists (12.0).

“We’re going back to the drawing board, watching a lot of film and preparing for this game on Monday,” Pasternack said.