The UCSB Men's basketball team defeated the UCD Aggies 76 - 62 to advance to the finals of the Big West Conference Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center. Fifth-year senior James Powell led the Gaucho (19 - 9) attack with 22 points, including six free throws in the final 1:09 to clinch the victory for UCSB. James Nunnally scored 17 points while Orlando Johnson chipped in 14 points. Nunnally had game highs of nine rebounds and five assists, while Greg Somogyi pulled down seven defensive rebounds and blocked three shots. Will Brew had three steals for the top-seeded Gauchos.
Dominic Calegari led the Aggies (14 - 18) with 20 points, followed by Joe Harden's 18 and freshman Julian Welch's 17. Todd Lowenthal and Harden shared the team high in rebounds with seven.
The Gauchos built up a commanding 31 - 11 lead in the first half, powered by a suffocating defense which limited the fourth-seeded Aggies to 18.2% shooting from the field. Following a familiar pattern, UCSB's lead shrunk to five with 7:01 left in the game, before Powell nailed a 3-point shot from the right baseline with the shot clock about to expire. The Gauchos never looked back from that point on, as Powell continued his clutch free throw shooting to clinch the win.
The Gauchos continued their quest for the Big West Tournament championship with a game against the Long Beach State 49ers in the finals.