UC Santa Barbara 58

(11-2, 3-1 away)

E Washington 51

(6-9, 1-0 Big Sky)

    10:05 PM ET, December 29, 2007

    Reese Court, Cheney, Washington

    1 2 T
    UCSB 33 2558
    EWU 28 2351

    Top Performers

    UC Santa Barbara: A. Harris 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast

    Eastern Washington: K. Williams 23 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Stl

    UC Santa Barbara 58, E. Washington 51

    Associated Press

    CHENEY, Wash. (AP) -- Alex Harris scored eight of his team-high 18 points in the final 6:13, helping UC Santa Barbara hold off Eastern Washington 58-51 in a nonconference game Saturday night.

    Ivan Elliott added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Gauchos (11-2) of the Big West Conference.

    Kellen Williams had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles (6-9) of the Big Sky.

    A Harris 3-pointer from the wing -- Santa Barbara's final field goal of the game -- pushed the Gauchos' lead to 52-43 before EWU made a late surge. A putback by Williams pulled Eastern within 54-50 with 3:36 left.

    Santa Barbara held EWU to just a single point the rest of the way.

    In the first half, Williams' 3-pointer gave Eastern its biggest lead, 20-15, with 8:12 left. UCSB answered with a 15-3 burst, sparked by Elliott's basket in the lane and finished by Harris' inside move that put the Gauchos up 30-23 with 1:20 left in the half.

    Santa Barbara led the rest of the way.

    Trey Gross added 11 points and Gary Gibson seven assists for the cold-shooting Eagles, who managed just 19-of-59 from the floor. For Williams, who hit 9-of-15 from the field, it was his seventh double-double of the season.

    Harris entered the game averaging 22.8 points per game for the Gauchos, who had won eight straight prior to their Dec. 22 loss to No. 1 North Carolina.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 58 51
    FG Made-Attempted 22-46 (.478) 19-59 (.322)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-15 (.200) 8-31 (.258)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-19 (.579) 5-10 (.500)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 5

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