UC Santa Barbara 71, UC Irvine 58

James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson scored 22 points each and UC

Santa Barbara defeated UC Irvine 71-58 on Thursday night.

Nunnally made 8 of 14 shots for the Gauchos (9-6, 2-2 Big West)

and Johnson was 8 of 17 and also pulled down seven rebounds.

Eric Wise led the Anteaters (7-10, 1-3 Big West) with 18 points

and 10 rebounds while Daman Starring and Mike Wilder had 11 points


UC Santa Barbara, which led at 45-36 at halftime, saw its lead

shrink to 51-47 on Darren Moore’s jumper with 6:08 remaining. The

Gauchos closed the door with a 7-0 run – a 3-pointer by Jordan

Weiner (12 points) and two layups from Johnson – to make it 58-47

with 2:43 remaining.