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UC Santa Barbara 69, Long Beach State 64


NCAA Game Summary - Long Beach State vs. UC Santa Barbara
(Saturday, March 13th)

Final Score: UC Santa Barbara 69, Long Beach State 64

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Orlando Johnson finished with 20 points as UC
Santa Barbara pulled out a 69-64 win over Long Beach State in the Big West
Conference Tournament final.

James Nunnally added 19 points for the top-seeded Gauchos (20-9), who secured
the automatic NCAA Tournament berth with their second-ever Big West tourney
title. UCSB's only other victory in this tournament came in 2002.

Casper Ware had 19 points to pace the third-seeded 49ers (17-16), who were
looking for their fifth Big West tourney title. T.J. Robinson and Greg Plater
added 15 and 14 points, respectively, in the loss.

UCSB led 47-37 after James Powell connected on a three-pointer with a little
under 13 minutes to play, but Long Beach State charged back with a 10-0 run to
even the game. Ware's fastbreak layup with 9 1/2 minutes left capped the
rally.

The game remained close down the stretch, and with 2:09 left, Robinson's layup
had the 49ers within 60-59. However, at the other end, Nunnally drained a
three to provide a two-possession edge for UCSB.

Ware then sank two free throws with 1:45 on the clock, and neither team scored
again until Robinson went to the line with 28.8 seconds remaining. He made
just 1-of-2 to keep Long Beach State down a point, 63-62.

The 49ers fouled Powell, who made both attempts to make it a three-point game.
Instead of trying for the long-distance shot, Long Beach State tried to get a
quick basket. However, Ware missed a floater, and Stephan Gilling was called
for an offensive foul going back up with the rebound.

Powell and Nunnally each sank two more free throws in the remaining time to
seal the win.

The Gauchos built up a 10-point lead late in the first half, but Long Beach
State ended the period on a Plater three and Robinson layup to get within
35-30 at the break.

UCSB continued to play in front in the second half, and consecutive baskets
from Jaime Serna about three minutes in had the Gauchos up 41-32.

Game Notes

UCSB will go into the NCAA tourney on a three-game win streak. The Gauchos
have won nine of their last 10...Long Beach State had won its previous
three...The teams split the regular season series.

03/13 22:51:10 ET


  1 2 OT Total
 Long Beach St. 30 34 0 64
 UC Santa Barbara 35 34 0 69

   Long Beach St. Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
   Greg Plater 27 4-12 4-11 2-2 0 4 5 1 0 0 1 14
   Arturas Lazdauskas 19 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 0 5 2
   Eugene Phelps 12 0-2 0-0 1-2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
   Andrew Fleming 15 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 0
   Stephen Gilling 31 1-7 0-6 0-0 0 3 0 2 0 0 3 2
   Casper Ware 31 7-15 2-5 3-3 1 4 2 4 5 1 3 19
   Larry Anderson 31 4-9 0-3 3-3 3 5 3 2 2 0 5 11
   TJ Robinson 34 6-12 0-0 3-6 3 8 0 3 1 0 2 15
         Totals 0 23-60 6-25 12-16 11 29 12 15 9 2 21 64

   UC Santa Barbara Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
   Greg Somogyi 10 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 2
   James Powell 22 2-8 1-6 4-4 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 9
   Jon Pastorek 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Justin Joyner 13 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 3
   Paul Roemer 3 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
   Orlando Johnson 35 4-11 1-2 11-12 3 5 4 6 0 1 2 20
   Jordan Weiner 17 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 5 3 0 0 0 1 2
   Chris Brew 28 0-2 0-1 1-2 0 1 3 1 0 0 3 1
   James Nunnally 34 6-10 3-5 4-4 2 6 1 7 1 0 3 19
   Jaime Serna 30 5-10 0-0 1-2 2 6 2 0 0 1 3 11
         Totals 0 21-48 6-17 21-24 7 28 15 17 2 3 16 69

Officials: Mike Scyphers, Newton Chelette, Michael Irving
Attendance: 3113

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