The final score isn't representative of how close Santa Barbara played UCLA. The Gauchos had the game tied at 65-65 with eight minutes left in the game thanks to hot shooting from the three-point line. UCLA would go on a 14-2 run to restore a bit of order in the world and avoid the upset.
The Bruins played a bizarre brand of defense, aggressively attacking the passing lanes and forcing 16 turnovers. But they also seemed stunned as Santa Barbara hit three-pointer after three-pointer to start the game. The Gauchos started the game hitting nine of their first 12 three-pointers. They would cool off, which helped UCLA take the lead as the Gauchos finished 13-for-26 beyond the arc.