Wow. That "Nunnally for Naismith" chant has never made more sense. James Nunnally went off again as he scored a career high 34 points to lead the Gauchos to a 80-69 win over the Broncos of Santa Clara.
Nunnally, the San Jose native, was closed to his home so many family members came out and saw the best game of his Gaucho career. What a night to have them there!
The whole first half was very close with the Gauchos biggest lead at 6 until with about 2 minutes to go Santa Clara took the lead 31-30. Then the Gauchos closed out the half on a 10-4 run making the score 40-35.
Orlando Johnson, 16 points, and James Nunnally each made a pair of free throws to push the score to 44-35. Then the Gauchos never looked back as the lead stayed around 10 until the Broncos made one last "stampede" to cut the score to 4 with exactly 4 minutes to go. Then Jaime Serna threw down a slam and OJ nailed a three which put the nail in the coffin. They ran out the clock and the Gauchos got a win.
Jaime had a good game with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and WHOPPING 5 blocks. Also, Jordan Weiner chipped in 9 points while Will Brew had a nice showing of 6 points and 3 assists.
The leading scorer for the Broncos was Kevin Foster with 25. He had 19 in the first half so Coach Williams made some great adjustments and held him to 6 in the second half.
The Gauchos are back in action December 15 at UNLV and then December 18 at San Diego State. These are the Gauchos two biggest games of the year with both teams in the Top 25. If Nunnally keeps it going and OJ keeps doing what he is doing, as Dick Vitale would say, "It is gonna be upset city!"
3 Point Shots: UCSB-46.7 % SC-36.4%
Free Throws: UCSB-78.1 % SC-59.4%
Records: UCSB (4-3) SC (4-4)
Weird Coincidence: Santa Clara beat UCSB last year 79-68. That is one less than what the winner and loser scored this year. I thought that was kind of cool!
James "Nunnally for Naismith" Nunnally