UC Santa Barbara's Alan Williams, center, drives to the basket past Cal Poly's Joel Awich, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big West Conference tournament, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. UC Santa Barbar
Jae C. Hong
March 13, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Alan Williams had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Michael Bryson hit two free throws with nine seconds left to help No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara beat seventh-seeded Cal Poly 54-50 in the opening round of the Big West Conference tournament Thursday night.

Bryson scored 14 and John Green added 11 for UCSB (19-12), which has won six in a row and will take on third-seeded UC Irvine in the semifinals on Friday.

Cal Poly (13-16), the defending tournament champion, trimmed its deficit to 52-50 with 1:57 left on a jumper by Brian Bennett, but wouldn't score again.

Bryson's free throws made it a four-point game before he corralled a missed a 3-pointer by Cal Poly's Reese Morgan to seal it.

The Gauchos closed the first half with a 10-2 run, taking a 27-22 lead into the break, and never trailed again.

Bennett led the Mustangs with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting.

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