The UCSB Men's basketball team eked out a 68 - 67 home win over the University of Pacific Tigers in an afternoon game at the Thunderdome. The game ended with multiple controversies, as UOP was assessed two technical fouls. A questionable defensive goal-tending was called against UCSB (8 - 6, 3 - 1), while a pivotal offensive charge was called against UOP (9 - 6, 2 - 1) with 0.6 seconds left.
UCSB used a stifling defense to shut down UOP, building a 32 - 23 lead in the first half. UOP stormed back in the second half, using a fullcourt press to force the Gauchos into multiple turnovers. The Gauchos never relinquished the lead, but UOP kept things interesting by knocking down perimeter jumpers and creating points off of turnovers.
Orlando Johnson led the Gauchos with 24 points, followed by James Nunnally's 20 points. Johnson and Nunnally also led the Gauchos in rebounds, with seven and six, respectively. Johnson shot 7-of-9 from the field, including a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range.
Demetrece Young and Terrell Smith led the Tigers with 16 points apiece, while Joe Ford and Sam Willard shared the rebounding lead with seven boards each.
Tbe Gauchos hit the road for a game against the Long Beach State 49ers Thursday, January 14.