Jan. 27, 2007
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Alex Harris scored a game-high 27 points, and UC Santa Barbara held off a late rally to beat Pacific 70-62 in a Big West Conference game Saturday night.
Santa Barbara, which led by 20 points three separate times in the second half, saw its lead cut to 62-59 with 43 seconds remaining. But the Gauchos made 8 of 10 free throws in the final 39 seconds to beat Pacific for the first time since 2003.
Solomon HorseChief scored 17 points to lead Pacific (7-12, 3-3). Reggie Vezia had 13 points for the Tigers and Steffan Johnson scored 12.
A 3-pointer by Johnson and three free throws by HorseChief brought Pacific within three points in the final minute, but the Tigers couldn't convert the next time they had the ball and Santa Barbara sealed the victory with free throws.
Both teams made their first three shots from the field, and Santa Barbara made six of its first seven on its way to shooting 61 percent in the first half.
The Gauchos twice built a 10-point lead, then had a late 8-0 run before settling for a 32-23 halftime lead.
HorseChief had three 3-pointers in the first half and Vezia had two to keep Pacific in the game.