UC Santa Barbara Victorious Over UC Riverside, 73-65

UC Santa Barbara Victorious Over UC Riverside, 73-65

Dec. 29, 2006

Box Score

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Alex Harris scored a career-high 32 points to rally UC Santa Barbara to a 73-65 victory over UC Riverside in the Big West Conference opening game for both teams.

Harris, who made 4-of-7 shots from the 3-point line, sank seven free throws in the final 2:17 to help the Gauchos (9-3) pull away from a 62-62 deadlock.

Justin Bell led Riverside (3-9) with 17 points, including 5-for-8 shooting from long range. One of his three pointers gave the Highlanders a 46-44 lead and his last one brought them to within 68-65 with 26.3 seconds left.

Dedrick Bates added 15 points and led Riverside with nine rebounds. Larry Cunningham added 14 points for the Highlanders.

Ivan Elliott led UCSB with 10 rebounds and scored 12 points. Glenn Turner shut down Riverside's inside game by blocking five shots and getting nine rebounds.