The UCSB Men's basketball team lost their Big West conference opener to the Long Beach State 49ers 76-64, in a game at the Pyramid in Long Beach. Chris Devine led the Gauchos with 20 points and 8 rebounds, followed by James Powell who chipped in 10 points, along with 5 assists. The Gauchos led 26-19 with 9 minutes remaining in the first half by hitting 6-7 3 point shots, but ended up squandering the lead, and trailed 36-29 at halftime. They were never able to regain the lead, as Long Beach pulled away in the second half by hitting their 3 point shots. Casper Ware led the 49ers with 21 points, including shooting 3-3 from 3-point range.