UC Santa Barbara outlasts UC Riverside 64-53

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP)—James Powell scored 25 points, including 6 3-pointers, as UC Santa Barbara outlasted UC Riverside, 64-53, for a Big West victory Wednesday night.

Santa Barbara (16-5, 5-3 conference) won for the fourth time in five games after the Highlanders (4-15, 1-7) melted a 14-point second-half deficit down to 52-50 on Jalonni Diggs 15-footer with 5:47 left. But the Gauchos held Riverside scoreless for more than four minutes while scoring 12 straight to cement the win.

Powell, a sophomore guard, and senior Alex Harris paced the Gauchos by shooting a combined 11-for-17 from the arc.

Larry Cunningham led Riverside with 13 points.

The Highlanders lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

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James Powell James Powell
8-12,  25 Pts
2 Rebs, 3 Assists
 UC Riverside
Christian Soto Christian Soto
2-3,  8 Pts
6 Rebs, 1 Assists

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