Childress shines on senior night, UCSB beats UC Riverside
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) Eric Childress made five 3-pointers and scored 21 points, Clifton Powell Jr. added four 3s and 16 points, and UC Santa Barbara beat UC Riverside 68-61 on Thursday night.
Childress, UCSB’s lone senior on senior night, entered tied for fourth in school history with 394 career assists and ranked second with 146 steals. He needed 10 assists to pass Phillip Turner (403) and move into third but he finished with just two.
Childress hit three early 3-pointers to put the Gauchos up 20-11 but Riverside pulled within 32-31 at the break. The Gauchos scored the first eight points of the second half and Riverside didn’t score until the 14:32 mark.
Jarriesse Blackmon chipped in 10 points for UC Santa Barbara (5-21, 3-11 Big West) and Alex Hart had nine points and 15 rebounds. The Gauchos had lost nine of their last 10 games – which included the longest losing streak since their 1998-99 season.
Malik Thames led UC Riverside (7-18, 5-9) with four 3-pointers and 14 points. Secean Johnson added 12 points with six rebounds and three assists.