Orlando Johnson scored 28 points and James Nunnally had 19 as the Gauchos ended the Tigers 16 game home win streak with a 61-48 win.
The win puts the Gauchos at 7-3 in conference play, 2nd place. Pacific drops to 7-2 in conference play. Both of Pacific's conference losses have come against the mighty Gauchos.
The Gauchos got out and running early by taking a 14-2 lead over the Tigers. The lead never got closer than 8 and the Gauchos put away the 1st place Tigers.
UCSB played its best defensive effort of the year by allowing the Tigers to only shoot 29.4 % overall and 22.2 % from three point land. The Gauchos also forced UOP into 18 turnovers, 8 above the teams average.
With a few seconds left in the 1st half, Pacific's Demetrece Young made a 30 foot basket to cut the Gauchos lead to 34-22.
Pacific came roaring out of the gates in the 2nd half by cutting the lead to 8, 34-26. As they have done all year, James Nunnally made a three and Orlando Johnson scored a lay-up to push the lead to 39-26.
The 34-26 deficet was the closest UOP got in the 2nd half.
Allen Huddleston had 10 points for the Tigers. Pacific's leading scorer was held to 2 points for the 2nd time vs. UCSB this season.
UCSB goes even farther north this Saturday as they take on the farmers of Davis at 7:00 p.m.
If Pacific loses vs. Cal Poly on Saturday and UCSB wins, the 'Chos are back on top of the Big West.