DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Ar'Mond Davis sank five 3-pointers, scoring 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds, to power UC Santa Barbara to a 69-58 victory over UC Davis on Thursday night for its sixth straight win.
Davis struggled a bit inside the 3-point arc, missing 7 of his 10 shots, but he made 5 of 7 from distance to help the Gauchos (14-3, 3-0 Big West Conference) shoot 46 percent (11 of 24) from deep.
UCSB controlled the first half and led 43-31 at intermission. The Aggies (4-13, 0-3) came out firing to open the second half and pulled within 48-45 on Joe Mooney's 3-point play with 16:25 left to play. Twice the Aggies made it a two-possession game and both times Davis answered with a 3-pointer to stretch the Gauchos' lead. A.J. John nailed a 3-pointer to pull UC Davis within 64-57 with 45 seconds left, but the Gauchos hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final 43 seconds to prevail.
Mooney paced UC Davis with 14 points, while Siler Schneider and TJ Shorts II scored 11 each.