Friday, February 5, 2010

UCSB Mens Basketball vs. Pacific Tigers

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.

Go Gauchos!

Orlando Johnson

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