CS Northridge rallies past UC Santa Barbara 62-57
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Rodrigue Mels scored 19 points and Cal State Northridge used a barrage of free throws to rally past UC Santa Barbara 62-57 Wednesday in a game that featured 50 turnovers and 47 fouls.
The Matadors (13-12, 9-4 Big West) used a 33-15 run in the second half to stay in first place, though they made just one field goal in the final 10 minutes. Northridge made 27 of 37 free throw attempts.
Santa Barbara (12-14, 5-8) led 42-29 with 15 minutes left but missed 14 of its last 16 shots and committed 10 turnovers in that span. The Gauchos also went scoreless for 5:18 while Northridge went on a 10-point run.
Jesse Byrd scored 11 points for Santa Barbara, which led 29-23 at halftime but finished the game with 26 turnovers.
Kenny Daniels scored 13 points for Northridge.