Davis, CA (Sports Network) - Behind 28 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks from Alan Williams, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos defeated the UC Davis Aggies, 66-59, in a Big West Conference showdown at The Pavilion.
Williams shot 11-of-18 from the field and was just one points shy of his career-high set on Dec. 1 against Santa Clara. T.J. Taylor added 10 points and six assists for UCSB (6-10, 2-3 Big West), which had lost its previous two games.
For UC Davis (5-10, 1-3), Corey Hawkins put up 23 points, Josh Ritchart had 12 points, Ryan Sypkens netted 11 points, and Ryan Howley ripped down 10 rebounds.
UCSB shot 42.3 percent from the field in the first half and drained 8-of-11 from the free-throw line as it got out to a 33-23 lead at the break.
UC Davis brought its deficit to just three, 62-59, with a minute left in the game following a Hawkins 3-pointer, but the Gauchos closed out the contest by shooting 4-of-4 from the foul line down the stretch.
The Aggies shot just 36.7 percent from the field in the game and lost the rebounding battle, 37-30.