Westendorf caps rally, Seattle beats UC Santa Barbara 80-76
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) Brendan Westendorf scored 13 of his 28 points in the final three minutes to almost single-handedly cap a furious comeback as Seattle defeated UC Santa Barbara 80-76 on Friday night.
William Powell added 19 points for the Redhawks (8-7) and Zack Moore 15 on five 3-pointers as Seattle outscored Santa Barbara 31-7 over the last nine minutes. The 28 points were Westendorf's career best.
The Redhawks trailed 69-49 with 9:13 left. It was 71-63 when Westendorf hit a 3 on a kickout pass from Emmanuel Chibuogwu. They did it again on the next possession, then Westendorf hit a third-straight 3-pointer after stealing the ball, added a layup and a jumper and Seattle was up 76-74.
Freshman Max Heidegger scored 17 off the bench for Santa Barbara, playing its second game after losing three players who were ineligible because of grades.
Gabe Vincent also scored 17 for the Gauchos (2-10).