SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Alex Harris scored 24 points including six straight free throws in the final minutes to help UC Santa Barbara hold off Cal State Fullerton 83-80 Thursday night.
The Gauchos (17-5, 6-3 Big West) led by as many as 13 points in the first half. Ivan Elliott was scored 15 of his 22 for UCSB in the first half.But the Titans (14-7, 7-3) closed to within 44-37 at halftime, and tied it at 69 on Scott Cutley's hook shot with 4:05 to go.Marcus Crenshaw scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half and led the Titans' second-half rally with five 3-pointers. Cutley had 14 points and 10 rebounds.Frank Robinson added 16 points for Fullerton but fouled out with 3:17 to go.UC Santa Barbara, the nation's No. 3 free-throw shooting team, went 9-for-10 from the line after Robinson's departure to gain the win.James Powell gave the Gauchos their final margin by making a pair of free throws with 22.8 seconds left. He finished with 14 points.Crenshaw's long 3-pointer for the tie skipped off the heel of the rim in the final seconds.