SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Leland King II had 25 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to help UC Santa Barbara remain tied atop the Big West Conference with a 75-51 win over CSU Northridge on Saturday night.
The victory improved the Gauchos’ home record to 11-0, their best ever start to a season. Their overall record of 18-5 is their best overall start since the 1988-89 team did the same. In conference they are tied with UC Davis at 7-2.
UCSB first pulled away with an 8-2 run to end the first half with a 32-25 lead. The Gauchos then kept CSU Northridge (5-18, 2-7) at bay until going on a 19-1 run to lead 68-44.
Max Heidegger added four 3-pointers and 14 points, Marcus Jackson scored 12 and Ami Lakoju 10 for UC Santa Barbara.
Tavrion Dawson had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Lyrik Shreiner scored 10 for the Matadors.