UC Santa Barbara 68, UC Irvine 61

SANTA BARBARA -- James Powell scored 19 points and made a 3-pointer with 1:54 left to give UC Santa Barbara breathing room in its 68-61 basketball victory over UC Irvine on Thursday night.

The Gauchos (7-8, 1-2 Big West Conference) led 33-21 at halftime after freshman Will Brew made all five of his 3-point attempts. He finished with a career-high 18 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the 3-point line and topped all UCSB rebounders with five.

But Michael Hunter rallied the Anteaters (3-11, 1-1) by scoring 10 of his team-high 17 points in the first six minutes of the second half. Irvine took the lead 52-51 on a layup by Adam Folker with 7:30 to go.

The Anteaters, who had made 12-of-17 shots to that point of the second half, cooled off afterward to make just 3-of-11 and end up at 43.6 percent for the game.

The Gauchos made 12-of-14 free throws plus two baskets by Powell during the final 7:30 to go back ahead for good.

Chris Devine added 11 points for UCSB, which shot 55.3 percent for the game.

Irvine got 13 points and six rebounds from freshman Eric Wise and 11 points from Kevin Bland.