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UC Irvine 66, UC Santa Barbara 63

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- Patrick Sanders scored 16 points and Brett Lauer tied a career high with 14 points to lead UC Irvine past UC Santa Barbara 66-63 on Thursday night.

Darren Fells added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Anteaters (12-4, 1-2 Big West).

Alex Harris led the Gauchos (12-4, 1-2) with 15 points and Ivan Elliott and Paul Roemer scored 12 apiece.

UC Irvine led 64-52 after a 3-pointer by Lauer with 5:53 remaining but UC Santa Barbara then forced the Anteaters into six turnovers and scored five points in a 20-second stretch that cut the lead to 64-63 with 1:10 left.

Sanders missed the front end of a one-and-one with 13.3 seconds remaining and the Gauchos set up for a shot to take the lead, but Harris lost the ball with two seconds left.

Sanders then made a pair of free throws in the final second.

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