The horned sounded, the fans stormed the court, and the nets were cut which meant UCSB were the 2010 Big West Champions. The Gauchos beat UC Irvine 77--74 to get the #1 seed in Anaheim.
James "Mr. Clutch or Big Game" Powell made two huge free throws with 14 seconds to go. With seconds remaining, Eric Wise (22 points) missed the three and the Gauchos won. James Powell who has always been the go to guy down the stretch had 16 points which included 4 three pointers.
Coach Williams was "so happy for James."
The win assures UCSB of at least a share of the Championship and gives them a bye into the semis in Anaheim.
The game was looking like it could be a rout for the Gauchos after with 17 minutes to go, it was 47-31 good guys. Irvine, who is fighting for 8th place, never gave up.
They got it down to 1 point two times and with 15 seconds all most had a chance to win the game but Patrick Rembert missed the front end of the one and one and you know what happened after that.
James Nunnally was the high man for the Gauchos with 22 points and 7 assists. Orlando Johnson had 20 points. With both scoring twenty, six times they had each scored 20 plus in a game which is a new school record. Great job Naismith contender and Mr. Big West MVP!
Another accomplishment that came along with this win is that UCSB finished the conference home slate a perfect 8-0, the first time in school history.
UCSB plays Friday, March 12th, 6: 30 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center in the Big West Semifinals. They will play the lowest remaining seed. I predict, UCSB vs. UCD.
Well, a great way to finish the season for the 'Chos and I am so glad to say, "I will be there in Anaheim!"
James Powell and I celebrate the win!
James Nunnally and I pose for a picture!
Justin Joyner and I celebrate the victory!