SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Despite losing its leading scorer and rebounder, Alan Williams, to a sprained ankle midway through the first half, UC Santa Barbara battled to a 66-53 victory over Pacific on Saturday night.
UC Santa Barbara (8-15, 4-8 Big West) got 13 points apiece from Taran Brown and Michael Bryson. T.J. Taylor scored 11 points and Williams had 10 points and seven rebounds in just eight minutes of play.
Kyle Boswell chipped in with 9 points, hitting all three of his shots from 3-point range. UC Santa Barbara also had a 40-29 rebounding advantage.
Leaving early for the NBA is a risky decision. Some players -- Skal Labissiere, Dejounte Murray -- slid in the draft. Some -- Isaiah Taylor, Troy Williams -- weren't drafted at all.
College basketball coaches across the country will hit the recruiting trail hard in July to target the Class of 2017's top prospects. Which players are the nation's top programs targeting?
The Tar Heels could lose Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks after next season. Coach Roy Williams has nearly every top-10 2017 prospect on his board.