The UCSB Men's basketball team was defeated by Cal. Poly, San Luis Obispo 60 - 57 at Mott Gym. The loss snapped the Gauchos' (17 - 9, 11 - 4) six-game winning streak, while the Mustangs improved to 11 - 17 overall, 7 - 8 in the Big West. Orlando Johnson was the only Gaucho in double figures with 21 points, while James Nunnally pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, followed by Jaime Serna and Johnson with seven boards each.
UCSB lost the game by converting only 34.0% of their field goals and 56.5% of their free throws. The Gauchos were also out-rebounded by the shorter Mustang lineup 46 - 39. The Mustangs trailed most of the game, before making their final push near the end of the game by creating turnovers and hitting their perimeter shots.
Charles Anderson led a balanced Mustang attack with 15 points, including five 3-pointers. Shawn Lewis had 14, followed by Lorenzo Keeler with 12, and David Hanson with 11. Hanson dominated the boards with 17 rebounds, while Anderson chipped in seven.
Despite the loss, the Gauchos return to the Thunderdome still in first place in the Big West Conference, as they close out the regular season against UC-Irvine on Wednesday, March 3 at 7 pm. It will be the last home game at the Thunderdome for seniors James Powell and Paul Roemer, who will be saluted prior to the game.
UCSB has clinched at least a 2nd seed for the Big West Tournament in Anaheim, ensuring them a bye into the semifinals on Friday, March 12.