November 17, 2011

Men's Basketball Falls To Whitworth

On a cold night in the Pacific Northwest, the Slugs shooting matched the weather. UCSC shot an ice cold 38% to lose to the #12 ranked Whitworth Pirates, 70-54. This drops UC Santa Cruz to 0-2 while Whitworth improves to 1-0. After taking an early 6 to 5 lead off of two threes by sophomore Trent Reeves, Whitworth shut down the Slugs for almost 5 minutes before Tyler Hunt dropped in another three with 13:47 left in the first half to make the score 17-9 in favor on the Pirates. This lead would eventually extend to 19 points at the 8:56 mark before Santa Cruz went on a mini run to cut the deficit to 10 off of a Brent Jacobs jumper with 25 seconds left in the first half. Whitworth opened up the second half with scoring the first five points before Reeves once again broke the scoring drought for the Slugs with his fourth three of the night. Unfortunately, Santa Cruz went another three minutes before senior Nate Morhi canned two free throws. By then, Whitworth's lead had expanded to 20 points and would peak at 21 points with 11:28 left in the game. Over the rest of the game, Santa Cruz would whittle the final difference to 16 points. A significant difference in the game was in rebounds. Whitworth completely controlled the boards against the Slugs, pulling down 44 rebounds to Santa Cruz's 22. Included in that were 15 offense rebounds which led to 18 second chance points while the Slugs grabbed 2 offensive boards, scoring just 2 second chance points. Interestingly enough, that 16-point difference was the same difference as the final score. A bright spot for the Slugs offensively was sophomore Trent Reeves. Shooting 6 for 7 from behind the arc for 18 points, Trent scored a career high of 18 points in just 22 minutes to lead all scorers. Reeves' 6 for 7 puts him third on the all time list for 3 point percentage in a game and the 6 threes ties him for fifth on the all time list. Tyler Hunt was 4-6 from the field to score 10 points. Nathan Morhi and Spencer Allen each had four assists while Brent Jacobs led the team with 6 rebounds. As a team, the Slugs shot a very credible 50% from behind the arc, scoring 30 of their 54 points from threes. For the Pirates, Wade Gebbers was the leading scorer with 17 points while Zach Payne pulled down 9 rebounds. Next up for the Slugs is a Saturday night game against Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Whitman opened their season tonight, November 17 against Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri. Results as of press time were unavailable. Santa Cruz will play Whitman at 8pm on Saturday. Live video of the game can be purchased from www.whitman.edu/content/mens-basketball/live-video or live game stats can be watched on www.whitman.edu/content/mens-basketball/live-stats Sunday, the Slugs will play Walla Walla University at 6pm before heading home. Currently the Wolves are 0-6 heading into a Friday-Saturday tournament in Caldwell, Idaho before heading home to face the Slugs.