Heidegger scores 26, UC Santa Barbara holds off CSUN
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Max Heidegger scored a season-high 26 points with four 3-pointers and 8 of 9 free throws and UC Santa Barbara defeated CSU Northridge 70-64 on Wednesday night.
Lamine Diane, ninth nationally at 24.1 points per game coming in, scored 28 points for the Matadors (10-14, 4-4). The redshirt freshman from Dakar, Senegal, via Findlay Prep in the Las Vegas area added five rebounds. He is eighth nationally in rebounding at 11.0 rpg. The Matadors made only 1 of 21 from 3-point distance.
The Gauchos took the lead for good at 36-35 in the middle of a 9-0 run early in the second half. The Matadors drew within two points at 58-56 but Heidegger made one of two free throws and later added a 3-pointer to put UCSB back up by six at 64-58 inside of 2 ½ minutes. CSUN missed two 3-pointers and had two turnovers and UCSB added six free throws in the closing minutes.
A 3-point play by Gomez gave the Matadors a 20-10 lead with 12:42 left in the first half before UCSB tied it at 28 with 1:24 left. CSUN added a free throw for a 29-28 halftime lead.
UCSB remains 1 ½ games behind UC Irvine (8-1) in the Big West standings.