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Tough loss for UC Santa Barbara: Men's Basketball team eliminated from NCAA Tournament

The UCSB Men's basketball team lost its first-round game to Baylor Friday morning, and was eliminated from March Madness.

UC Santa Barbara had an exciting, but short lived appearance in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

The Gauchos fell 74-56 to Baylor in the team's first-round game Friday morning.

Playing in front of a national television audience, UCSB played a strong first half, with only one point separating the teams at halftime. But, Baylor pulled away in the second half, limiting UCSB to 20 points.

Even though the loss eliminated the Gauchos from March Madness, it was a spectacular season for the team. They were the Big West Conference champions, and finished the season with a 27-8 record.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.