UC Santa Barbara 79, Pacific 67

Orlando Johnson scored 32 points to lead fifth-seeded UC Santa

Barbara to a 79-67 victory over fourth-seeded Pacific in the

quarterfinals of the Big West tournament Thursday.

James Nunnally added 19 points for the Gauchos (16-13), who

avenged a regular-season sweep by the fourth-seeded Tigers (16-15).

Allen Huddleston led Pacific with 21 points.

The defending tournament champion Gauchos (16-13) advanced to

Friday’s semifinals for the fourth consecutive year.

Johnson scored 22 points in the second half. He gave UC Santa

Barbara its biggest lead at 71-49 with a steal and a dunk.

Pacific entered the game ranked second in the Big West in

scoring defense but allowed UC Santa Barbara to shoot 57.1


The Tigers pulled within 45-36 on a layup by Terrell Smith with

14:20 left in the second half to cap a 9-2 run but couldn’t rally