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Friday, January 28, 2011
UC Santa Barbara wins on buzzer-beater

By Diamond Leung

UC Santa Barbara was in danger of slipping further behind in the Big West standings, but came through with a win on the road against Cal Poly thanks to James Nunnally.



Nunnally's banked-in floater off a give-and-go with Justin Joyner lifted the Gauchos to a 71-70 win.

"I just tried to take it to the rack and I hoped I would either get fouled or get a good shot off," Nunnally said afterward. "I got a really good look and the defender backed-off a little bit. It was a big shot and I hope it gives us some momentum and helps us turn our season around."

Defending Big West champion UCSB remains two games behind Long Beach State and had had numerous hiccups since upsetting a ranked UNLV team on the road last month.

A clutch shot like that one was just what the Gauchos needed.