UC Santa Barbara mens basketball team rallied from 15 points down to cut UC Irvine's lead to two late in the game but could get no closer as they fell 66-62 on Thursday night.
J.D. Slajchert made a pair of free throws to pull the Gauchos (2-12 overall, 0-2 in the Big West) within 64-62 with 1:33 to play, but the Anteaters (10-9, 3-0) rebounded a pair of their own misses and Ioannis Dimakopoulos made two free throws with 0:18 remaining for the final margin. Gabe Vincent missed a long three-pointer with six second left for UCSB.