Powell lifts Santa Barbara past Ball State 71-51

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP)—James Powell scored 15 points and UC Santa Barbara preserved a large first-half lead for a 71-51 win over Ball State on Monday.

Powell, who scored 12 of his points before halftime, hit back-to-back 3s during a 16-2 run to end the first half, putting Santa Barbara ahead 41-23.

Jordan Weiner scored 11 points and hit all three of his 3-point attempts in his first start for the Gauchos (6-6). Chris Devine and James Nunnally each scored 12.

Anthony Newell led Ball State (5-6) with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Brawley Chisholm made a trio of 3-pointers during a 90-second barrage in the first half to bring the Cardinals within 25-21, but the Gauchos outscored them by 14 points before halftime.

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