UC Santa Barbara 83, CS Northridge 63

Orlando Johnson scored 30 points to lead UC Santa Barbara to an

83-63 semifinal victory over Cal State Northridge in the Big West

tournament on Friday night.

The victory sent the fifth-seeded Gauchos (17-13) into

Saturday’s championship game against No. 1 seed Long Beach State.

It is a rematch of last year’s Big West tournament final, won by

Santa Barbara 69-64.

Lenny Daniel scored 16 points to lead No. 3-seeded Cal State

Northridge, which beat the Gauchos twice during the regular season.

But on Friday, the Matadors were dominated on the inside en route

to trailing 40-19 at halftime.

Jaime Serna added 16 points and James Nunnally added 12 for UC

Santa Barbara.

Johnson has scored 62 points in two tournament games.