Brian Johnson hit two two crucial three-pointers, and UC Santa Barbara held off a late rally by Nevada Las Vegas to upset the No. 13-ranked Runnin' Rebels, 62-60, in a Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. game Thursday night at Las Vegas.
Jarvis Basnight, the nation's leading percentage shooter, had a chance to tie the game for UNLV and force overtime, but his 15-foot jumper at the buzzer fell short.
Johnson's three-pointer with seven minutes left in the game gave Santa Barbara (10-1 overall, 2-0 in the PCAA) the lead for good, 55-54. His second three-pointer, with 4:07 left, stretched the advantage to 59-54.
In handing UNLV (11-1, 2-1) its third loss in 51 games, the Gauchos snapped the Rebels' 21-game PCAA winning streak. The victory was the first ever for Santa Barbara over UNLV and was the Rebels' first home loss in nearly two years.