HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) Ajay Mitchell had 28 points in UC Santa Barbara's 92-87 win over UC Riverside on Friday in the Big West Conference Tournament semifinals.

The No. 2 seed in the tournament, the Gauchos will face fourth-seeded Cal State Fullerton in Saturday's tournament championship game.

Mitchell had seven assists for the Gauchos (24-7). Josh Pierre-Louis scored 20 points while shooting 8 of 13 from the field and 3 for 6 from the line, and added five assists. Miles Norris shot 5 for 7 (3 for 3 from 3-point range) and 3 of 3 from the free throw line to finish with 16 points, while adding six rebounds.

Flynn Cameron led the Highlanders (21-11) in scoring, finishing with 31 points and six assists. Zyon Pullin added 24 points and five assists for UC Riverside. In addition, Lachlan Olbrich finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Pierre-Louis scored 11 points in the first half and UCSB went into halftime trailing 42-39. Mitchell scored 18 points in the second half to help lead UCSB to a five-point victory.


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

Copyright 2023 STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.