Jan 4, 2013 1:48 AM by Andrew Masuda
Alan Williams converted a three-point play with 7 seconds left, giving UC Irvine a 74-71 victory over UC Irvine on Thursday night.
Williams hit a jumper and was fouled by Chris McNealy, then hit the ensuing free throw to put the Gauchos (5-8, 1-1 Big West) up by three. Taran Brown then blocked Alex Young's shot in the final seconds to seal the victory and snap UCSB's three-game losing streak.
UCSB got all but 11 of its points from three players - a career-high-tying 23 from Kyle Boswell, 22 from Williams and 18 from Brown. Williams added 10 rebounds.
Daman Starring led the Anteaters (7-8, 1-1) with 21 points, and Young scored 18. Adam Folker had 10 points, including a layup with 1:30 to play that tied the game at 71.
USCB improved to 4-1 at home. The Gauchos also won both their games against Irvine last season. The Gauchos host Long Beach State on Saturday at 4pm. The game will air live on Fox Prime Ticket. The defending Big West champs lost 79-73 on Thursday to Cal Poly.
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