SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- James Nunnally scored 17 points and keyed a late charge to lift UC Santa Barbara past UC Davis 68-47 on Friday night.
After UC Davis had cut the Gauchos' lead to 45-40, Nunnally scored eight points in a 21-4 run that put UCSB ahead 66-44 with 1:56 left.
UC Santa Barbara had a major shooting advantage, hitting 28 of 49 (58.3 percent) to 17 of 43 (39.5 percent) for UC Davis. UCSB also had a 29-22 rebounding edge.
After a 26-26 tie at intermission, the Gauchos opened the second half with Serna's three-point play for a 29-26 edge. The Aggies twice trimmed it to one but never led again.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.