SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Alan Williams pumped in 26 points as UC Santa Barbara romped past UC Irvine, 80-60 Thursday night.
The Gauchos built a 10-point lead in the first half, then padded it down the stretch to pull even with the Anteaters atop the Big West Conference standings at 4-2.
UC Santa Barbara started the game on a 13-0 run, capped by Zalmico Harmon's 3-pointer three minutes into the game.
Williams with 10 of 17 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead UC Santa Barbara (13-6, 4-2 Big West), which shot 49 percent from the field (24 of 49) and held a 41-33 edge on the boards. Taran Brown added 16 points and six boards for the Gauchos.
Luke Nelson scored 26 points to lead UC Irvine (13-9, 4-2), hitting 6 of 15 from long range while the Anteaters struggled from the field, hitting just 20 of 56 shots (35.7 percent).
Florida State's student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games.
The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.
Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.