The UCSB Men's basketball team pulled away in the second half to defeat UC-Davis 68 - 47 in a Big West game. The game was broadcast on ESPNU, as 4,282 fans rocked the Thunderdome. The Gauchos' (7 - 6, 2 - 1) aggressive defense stifled the Aggies (6 - 9, 2 - 1), limiting them to 21 points in the second half.
James Nunnally led four Gauchos in double figures with 17 points, followed by Jaime Serna's 14 points. Nunnally and Serna also led the Gauchos in rebounding with 8 and 5, respectively. Orlando Johnson dished out five assists to go with 12 points, while Jordan Weiner had an outstanding game off the bench with four assists and four steals.
Julian Welch led the Aggies with 12 points off the bench, followed by Joe Harden and Dominic Calegari with 11 points each. Calegari led the Ags with five boards.
Both teams played to a 26 - 26 tie in the first half, but the Gauchos pulled away in the second half with a stifling defense, which led to numerous fast-break baskets, including resounding dunks by Johnson, Nunnally, and Serna.