SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara scored 45 of its 72 points in the second half to upend California, 72-65, Friday evening at the Thunderdome in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Golden Bears moved to 6-3 overall, while the Gauchos pushed their record to 4-3.
Freshman Jordan Mathews had a career-high 22 points on 4-of-9 shooting from three-point range to lead the Bears. UCSB’s Alan Williams guided the Gauchos with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Williams, a 6-7 junior forward, came into the game averaging 27.5 points per game. He pulled down 12 rebounds for his second double-double in five games.
Cal had won all previous nine meetings against the Gauchos.
Cal got 13 points and eight assists from senior guard Justin Cobbs, and 12 points from David Kravish. Senior forward Richard Solomon nearly missed his second double-double of the season with 11 rebounds and nine points.
Taran Brown scored 14 points for the Gauchos, and Kyle Boswell made four clinching free throws in the final minute for 13 points.
UCSB made 59 percent of its shots in the second half and 51 percent for the game. Cal shot just 36 percent from the floor.
Mathews scored 10 points in the first half, as the Bears overcame an early 18-10 deficit. They took a 28-27 lead at halftime.
Williams scored 15 of UCSB's first 19 points in the second half, leading his team to a 48-44 lead. After Cal trimmed it to 51-49, the Gauchos streaked ahead 60-49, as Brown scored seven points.
Kravish scored with 1:42 to play to draw Cal within four, 66-62. The Gauchos made 6 of 6 free throws after that.
Cal returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 10, against Nevada at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. Calif. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.