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2011 Big West Tournament: UC Santa Barbara Beats Cal State Northridge 83-63, Advances To Finals

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Orlando Johnson scored 30 points and hit all five of his three-point attempts, as the fifth-seeded UC Santa Barbara Gauchos downed the third-seeded Cal State Northridge Matadors, 83-63, in a Big West Conference Tournament semifinal bout from the Honda Center.

Jaime Serna added 16 points and nine boards for the Gauchos (17-13), who advance to face Long Beach State in the title game. James Nunnally added 12 points and eight rebounds.

Lenny Daniel recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Matadors (14-18), while Rashaun McLemore and Josh Greene added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

UC Santa Barbara put the game away early, hitting 50 percent of its first half shots, while holding Cal State Northridge to 22.2 percent shooting over that span, to take a commanding 40-19 lead into the break.

The Gauchos then knocked down 30-of-38 free throws in the second half to earn the win.

For the game, UC Santa Barbara outscored Cal State Northridge 37-16 from the charity stripe.

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