The UCSB Men's basketball team completed a regular season sweep of first-place University of Pacific by beating the Tigers 61 - 48 at the Alex G. Spanos Center. Orlando Johnson had a career-high 28 points in leading the second-place Gauchos (12 - 8, 7 - 3) past the Tigers (14 - 7, 7 - 2). James Nunnally added 19 points, while sharing the rebounding lead with Johnson and Jaime Serna with six each. Johnson also led the Gaucho defense with three steals, and it was on defense that the Gauchos shined.
The Gauchos limited UOP's offense to shooting 29.4% from the field, and 22.2% behind the 3 point line. Allen Huddleston was the only Tiger in double figures with 10 points, while Sam Willard had 7 rebounds and 3 steals to lead the Tigers in those categories.
A tough defense and good shot selection enabled the Gauchos to snap UOP's 16-game home winning streak at the Spanos Center. The Gauchos travel to play UC-Davis Saturday, February 6 at 7 pm.