James Nunnally, who had another great game with 23 points and 7 rebounds, said, "This was a very big win!" Well Mr. Nunnally, I think I know who they are adding to the Naismith watch!
At the 15:00 minute mark in the first half, the Gauchos were hanging in there on the wrong side of 10-9. They used a 14-3 run to take control and push the lead to 10, 23-13. They did this by James Nunnally, Orlando Johnson (12 points, 15 rebounds), and Jon Pastorek all hitting treys from deep. Dick Vitale thought, "They are a team of 3's men!" They ended the stretch by the Big Boy, Greg Somogyi, throwing it down right in the face!
They got it to 30-18 but the Runnin' Rebels closed the margin all the way and it was 30-30 at the half.
Coach Williams was happy the first half ended when it did because he thought they needed to talk some things over.
Then after a few buckets here and there, UNLV took a four point lead at 38-34 led by Chase Stanback (16 points, 8 rebounds) but UCSB's Justin Joyner, who had no points all season, nailed back to back three pointers to give the Gauchos the lead. Just might be two of Justin's biggest shots of his career.
Then UCSB pushed it to 48-39 behind a Kyle Boswell score and they held onto a fair sized lead for a long time. Then with 46 seconds to go, UNLV got it down to three at 64-61 but UCSB after that, UNLV stole the ball but missed a few shoots. Then Nunnally got the ball and sank to free throws to put this case to a close!
The Gauchos are now 5-3 and this season and this was their third straight win. The dynamic duo of Nunnally and Johnson had 35 points and 22 rebounds. Jaime Serna put in another solid effort with 12 points and surprisingly Justin Joyner had 8 points to seal the deal.
The Rebels fall to 9-2 and this was their second straight loss. Chase Stanback led them with 16 and Tre'Von Willis had 14.
The Gauchos are back in action Saturday versus another ranked team in #10 San Diego State. It will be on the Mtn. on television at 7:00 p.m.