Boswell, Al Williams and Brown (four of eight from threedom) combined for 63 points for the winners.

UCI will try to rebound Saturday, when it visits Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at 7 p.m.

"Road wins are going to be tough to get in the this conference," Turner said. "They are going to be ones you treasure."

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Big West Conference

UC Santa Barbara 74, UC Irvine 71

UCI – Wilder 8, McNealy 5, Folker 10, Starring 21, Young 18, Souza 7, Clifford 2.

3-pt. goals – Starring 5, Young 2, Wilder 2, Souza 1.

Fouled out – None.

Technicals – None.

UCSB – Thomas 2, Bryson 0, Williams, 22, Brown 18, Taylor 9, Boswell 23.

3-pt. goals – Boswell 6, Brown 4, Taylor 3.

Fouled out – None.

Technicals – None.

Halftime – UCI, 37-32.

barry.faulkner@latimes.com

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