Sunday, January 10, 2010

UCSB Mens Basketball Homestand

Well, the Gauchos are hot and they stayed hot this weekend at the Thunderdome. On Friday night in front of a live television audience and a close to capacity crowd, the Gauchos destroyed UC Davis 68-47.

Then in a battle for first place, the Gauchos came out victorious vs. Pacific in a foul fueled 68-67 win.

UC Davis at UCSB Recap

On Friday night, ESPNU came to town and the fans also came out to see UCSB take on the Aggies of Davis. The fans were not dissapointed. James Nunnally had 17 points and 8 rebounds while Jaime Serna had 14, Orlando Johnson had 12, and James "JPeezy" Powell had 10.

The Gauchos got off to a quick start leading 18-9, but the Aggies ended the half on a 17-8 run. Joe Harden of UC Davis made a miracle shot from 30 feet to tie it 26 all at the half.

Then with the game close for the first 12 minutes of the first half, the Gauchos blew it wide open by finishing the game on a 23-7 run in the final 8 minutes which included a monstorous James Nunnally dunk!

The 'Chos made 18 of their 25 second half shots while making 58% percent of their shots the entire game.

UC Davis at UCSB Notes:
Attendance: 4,282

Pacific at UCSB Recap

Then in the most important game this week in Big West basketball, the Gauchos in a heated, tense game slipped past the Tigers to win 68-67. Orlando Johnson had 24 points and James Nunnally had another great game with 20 points.

The game got off to a really slow start with only 5 combined points scored by the two teams. Then the teams started heating up but the Gauchos finished the half strong with a Nunnally three to make it 32-23 at the half.
The Gaucho lead got to 51-38 on a three pointer by Orlando with 13 points but the Tigers would rally. They cut the deficit to 63-60 on a 3 pointer with 2:30 to go in the game.
Then after the bucket, two technical fouls were called on the Tigers with one a player throwing a ball at Nunnally's head and then Bob Thomason, UOP coach, running on to the court screaming at referees. With the momentum turning and the Gaucho lead at 7, the game looked like it was slipping away from the Tigers. The went on a 7-1 run and with 7 seconds left had a chance to win. They brought the ball up the court but with .7 seconds to go, UCSB's Will Brew took a charge to seal the victory.
The Gauchos improved to 8-6, 3-1 Big West. The Tigers dropped to 9-6, 2-1.
On Thursday, UCSB takes on arch rival Long Beach State in Long Beach and then on the 16th, UCSB plays host to the UCR Highlanders.


Orlando Johnson

James Nunnally

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