DAVIS, Calif. - Elijah Pepper scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the first half to lead UC Davis past UCSB 76-62 as Big West Conference play began.
Yohan Traore scored a team-high 25 points for Santa Barbara but the Aggies held Gauchos star point guard Ajay Mitchell to 12 points.
UCSB had 16 turnovers to just 7 assists and were outrebounded by the Aggies 35-30.
The Gauchos allowed 39 first half points and trailed by 5 at the break.
UCSB is 7-4 overall and they play at UC Riverside on Saturday at 5 p.m.