Miles Norris finished with a game-high 24 points. | Credit: ENTENZA

Miles Norris scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the UCSB men’s basketball team to a 76-58 victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday night.

With the victory, the Gauchos (16-3, 7-1) now stand alone at the top of the Big West Conference standings.

“I thought our guys really competed well tonight,” Pasternack said. “In the first eight minutes, I thought our guys didn’t play very well, but after that, I was really happy with it. I was happy with our rebounding and proud of Miles and Josh [Pierre-Louis] for their performances. I challenged them a lot in the last 24 hours and they showed up.” 

Cole Anderson was once again a key contributor off the bench as he finished with eleven points, including three three-pointers.  Pierre-Louis contributed eight points and six rebounds. Ajay Mitchell added eight points and four assists.

Josh Pierre-Louis delights the crowd with an acrobatic layup. | Credit: ENTENZA

Nine UCSB players reached the scoring column and the Gauchos were dominant on the boards, out rebounding the visiting Roadrunner 30 to 18 overall.

UCSB has now concluded a stretch  of playing five games in eleven days with a 4-1 record. The Gauchos will now travel to Honolulu to take on Hawaii on Thursday, January 26 beginning at 10 p.m. PST.

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