The bench was clutch in UCSB escaping with an 89-86 overtime men’s basketball victory at UC Davis to extend its win streak to eight on Saturday.
Jay Nagle knocked down two free throws with three seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime and Ajare Sanni scored a UCSB-best 22 points off the bench, lifting the Gauchos to the Big West triumph and a two-game sweep at Davis.
Down 83-81 with 16 seconds left, UCSB’s Josh Pierre-Louis fouled Davis forward Kennedy Koehler as he was going in for a layup. Koehler missed two free throws and JaQuori McLaughlin grabbed the second miss.
After a timeout, McLaughlin misfired on a long three-pointer, but Nagle snared the offensive rebound and was fouled with three seconds left.
Nagle, who had entered the game after Miles Norris picked up his second technical foul, calmly sank his free throws to tie the score at 83-83. McLaughlin stole a deep inbounds pass as time expired in regulation.
Sanni got the Gauchos going in overtime with a steal and a jumper. McLaughlin hit a jumper for an 87-83 lead with 2:07 left.
Koehler scored the Aggies’ first points of the extra period with two free throws. Ezra Manjon hit one of two from the line to make it a one-point game with 24 seconds to go.
Amadou Sow rebounded Manjon’s miss and was fouled. He hit both of his free throws to give UCSB an 89-86 advantage.
Manjon and Elijah Pepper both missed three-point attempts in the final seconds, and UCSB pulled off its second road sweep in Big West play.
The Gauchos improve to 12-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big West while UC Davis falls to 3-5, 0-2.
McLaughlin scored 18 points, Norris had 17 and Brandon Cyrus added a season-high 10 points. Sow tallied nine points and nine rebounds, and Devearl Ramsey chipped in seven points before fouling out.
Elijah Pepper scored 23 points and Manjon had 19 to lead UC Davis.
The Gauchos won’t return to the court until Feb.12-13, when they play at Hawai’i. Their Feb. 5-6 series at home against Long Beach State was cancelled due to COVID-19 issues with Long Beach, which has been forced to pause all activities for two weeks.
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