The UCSB Men's basketball team stormed back from a 23 - 14 first-half deficit to defeat the UCR Highlanders 57 - 53 in a Big West contest in Riverside. James Nunnally led the Gauchos (6 - 6, 1 - 1) with 19 points, followed by Orlando Johnson's 17 points. Nunnally also led the Gauchos with 10 rebounds followed by Greg Somogyi's 5 boards. However, it was Johnson's 3-pointer and free throws near the end of the game that sealed the win.
After scoring a season-low 14 points in the first half, the Gauchos launched a furious second-half rally, led by Somogyi's five blocked shots and altering of numerous other shots by the Highlanders (7 - 7, 1 - 1).
Kyle Austin scored a game-high 20 points for UCR, followed Rudy Meo's 15 points. Larry Gurganious had 9 rebounds, while Austin ended up with 8 boards.
The Gauchos host UC-Davis for another Big West matchup at the Thunderdome this Friday, January 8 in a game televised on the ESPNU network. Game time is 8 pm.