SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) Gabe Vincent scored 15 points and Alan Williams pulled down 15 rebounds as UC Santa Barbara opened Big West Conference play with a 50-45 win over Cal Poly Saturday night.
The Gauchos (8-7, 1-0), winners now of three straight, lost to Cal Poly, 69-38, in the first round of the Big West tournament a year ago.
The Mustangs led at the half, 23-20, and pushed it to 28-20 in the second half as Santa Barbara went scoreless for the first time minutes of the half.
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Santa Barbara shot 37 percent from the field, connecting on 17 of 46 shots, including 7 for 18 from beyond the arc. Cal Poly, meanwhile, was a frigid 15 of 64 from the floor (23.4 percent) and 4 of 22 from distance.
Joel Awich scored 13 points and Brian Bennett scored 10 points and grabbed 10 boards to lead Cal Poly (8-6, 1-1).