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Jan 28, 2011 2:14 AM by Andrew Masuda

Nunnally's buzzer beater gives UCSB men thrilling 71-70 win over Cal Poly

James Nunnally hit a running jumper as time expired to deliver a thrilling 71-70 win for the UC Santa Barbara men's basketball team. The near capacity crowd in Mott Gym of 2,922 watched a back and forth final 30 seconds.

Orlando Johnson gave UCSB a 69-67 lead with 20 seconds remaining by draining a long jumper. Cal Poly called a timeout and Shawn Lewis came off a screen and drained a three pointer with 5.6 seconds remaining to give the Mustangs a 70-69 lead and throwing the home crowd in to a frenzy.

UCSB in-bounded the ball, went the length of the court capped by Nunnally's running floater that banked in at the buzzer.

The Mustangs fell to 4-4 in Big West play and the Gauchos improved to 4-3 with the victory.

Lewis and junior David Hanson led the Mustangs with 20 points a piece. It was Hanson's 13th double-digit scoring game in 19 games.

KSBY became the first Central Coast television station to locally produce and broadcast a Gaucho-Mustang game in the 74 year history of the rivalry.

UC Santa Barbara's biggest lead was eight points with 12:36 to go in the first half and Cal Poly led by six points with 8:21 to play in the game. The score was tied nine times and the lead changed hands 13 times throughout the contest.

Orlando Johnson, the reigning Big West player of the year, scored a game-high 24 points. Nunnally added 13 points and senior Justin Joyner scored 12 for the Gauchos.

Cal Poly made a season-high 13 three-pointers on 26 attempts. UC Santa Barbara connected on half of hits 48 field goal attempts, including seven of 15 from long range.

Cal Poly will look to bounce back Saturday in a non-conference game at Cal State Bakersfield.

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