Dec 29, 2010 1:41 AM by Andrew Masuda
The UC Santa Barbara men's basketball team lost its Big West opener 71-55 to Long Beach State. It was the Big West Conference opener for both teams, as the Gauchos tipped off their quest to defend last year's Big West crown.
UCSB missed its first seven shots against the 49ers on Tuesday night and it was the start of a cold-shooting, forgettable night for the Gauchos. UCSB shot just 33 percent on the night. James Nunnally, the conference's leading scorer, was just 1 for 11 from the floor and finished with 7 points. Orlando Johnson led the Gauchos with 14 points.
The Gauchos trailed 29-26 at the half after shooting just 30% in the first 20 minutes. The 49ers made 58% of their shots in the second half and outscored UCSB 42-29 in the final 20 minutes.
Playing in his first game since breaking a bone in his hand in November 30, Larry Anderson led the 49ers with 25 points. He helped Long Beach avenge last year's loss to UCSB in the Big West Conference Tournament title game. It also snapped the Gauchos' 11 game winning streak on their home floor.
UCSB takes a break from Big West play when Fresno Pacific comes to town at 2pm on Friday.
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