On Friday night, a glorious season ended for the Big West Champion Gauchos. They lost to #2 seed Ohio State 68-51.
Even though the game was won by 17 points, there were times when this was a close ball game.
With UCSB down 13-3 with about 12 minutes to go, the Gauchos started to get some buckets. My MVP of the Game Greg Somogyi came in and had a bucket to make it an 8 point game. Then the "Big Somog" mad 1 of 2 free throws. After Somog made a rare free throw, Orlando Johnson got a tip in to make it 13-8. Then with 8:11 to go, UCSB would get the closest it would get all game after Greg Somogyi made a free throw, it was 14-13.
After that, the Buckeye's Jon Diebler (23 points, 7-12 3PFG) made 2 three pointers and Ohio State ended the half on a 16-4 run to make it a 30-17 lead.
With UCSB down and the Buckeyes looking to pull away in the second half, the Gauchos came out with lot's of energy. They cut the lead to 8, 32-24, with 17:05 to go. Then the Buckeyes took control, wait I mean Jon Diebler took control. Jon Diebler would make 5 second half 3 pointers as the Buckeyes would control the rest of the half.
The closest the Gauchos got again was when James Powell (11 points) made a three pointer with 11:42 to go.
The game saw the end of two Gaucho careers. First, senior Paul Roemer played his final game by playing 11 minutes. A great Gaucho also graduated as James Powell played his final game. He is first all-time in school three pointers and his percentage is in the Top 10. James once made #2 in a SportsCenter Top 10 Play Countdown. Thanks #4 Paul Roemer and #42 James
Great season Gauchos and continue to get to the tournament in the coming years.
Game Played at: Bradley Center (Home of the NBA Milwaukee Bucks and Big East Marquette Golden Eagles)
Orlando Johnson drives past Evan Turner of Ohio State