SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Alan Williams had 19 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 56-46 victory against UC Riverside on Saturday night.
Kyle Boswell scored 12 points and Michael Bryson 11 for the Gauchos (11-19, 7-11 Big West), who are the No. 7 seed in the conference tournament and will face second-seeded Pacific on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.
With the game tied at 41-all with 4:13 remaining, UC Santa Barbara scored 11 straight points to take permanent control. Boswell had six points during the surge.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.