January 03, 2015

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) Alan Williams scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as UC Santa Barbara broke away in the final four minutes to hold off Vermont, 64-57 in a non-conference game Friday night.

The teams took turns with the lead throughout the second half in the first meeting between the schools. The Gauchos (6-7) took a four-point lead at intermission, but Vermont rallied in the second half and Ethan O'Day tied the game at 33-33 with 17:23 left.

Kurt Steidl's layup with 4:24 left gave the Catamounts a 54-52 lead, but Eric Childress' layup less than a minute later put Santa Barbara in front for good, 56-54.

The Gauchos closed the game on a 12-3 run, with Williams adding a pair of free throws and a layup during the run.

John Green had 18 points for Santa Barbara while O'Day paced Vermont (5-8) with 11 points.

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