Powell leads UC Santa Barbara over UC Riverside, 73-55
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP)—James Powell made a career-high seven 3-pointers in just eight attempts and scored 24 points to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 73-55 basketball victory over UC Riverside Saturday night.
Alex Harris added 18 points and Ivan Elliott chipped in with 16 in their final home games as the Gauchos (21-7, 10-4 Big West Conference) got their seventh win in their last eight league games.
Powell got three of his 3-pointers plus a three-point play in the first eight minutes to put UCSB ahead 21-8.
The Highlanders (7-19, 3-11) rallied to within 28-26 when Larry Cunningham made a 3-pointer and added a layup off a steal. He led Riverside with 19 points.
But Harris, who was held to just four points in the first half, scored eight during a 17-3 Gaucho run to start the second half.
UCSB outshot Riverside 53.1 percent to 41.5 and was 11-for-19 from the 3-point line.