Freshman Aron West and senior Brent Jacobs both 10 points to help lead UC Santa Cruz to a 87-54 victory over American Sports University in the third place game at the Purple and Gold Classic at Whittier College. After watching the injury depleted ASU get blown out of the gym the night before, Coach Johnson called off the press and played the Slugs in waves. All 16 players on the team played double digit minutes and every player on the squad scored as UCSC rolled to an early 9-0 lead and never looked back. By halftime that lead grew to 41-21. Just 4:15 into the second half, the lead expanded to 53-25 when Nathan Morhi's pass found Jamien Jones open for a short jumper. The lead stretched to a peak of 34 points with a number of Slugs playing significant minutes for the first time this season. In the end, there were a number of seasonal or career firsts for the Slugs. Freshman Aron West had his first double digit scoring game and his first college dunk. Senior Sam Allen had a career high of 5 assists in just 13 minutes of game time. Eric Charles was perfect from the three-point line, draining two. Brent Jacobs had a double double with 10 points and a career best 14 rebounds in just 17 minutes on the floor. Senior Ryan Swanson made his first points of the season to go along with 2 assists. In all, the Slugs shot 60% from the field and pulled down a season high 49 rebounds to go along with a season high 27 assists. Full game stats can be found at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/whittier.portal# and clicking on ON DEMAND and then clicking live results for the Slugs game from last night. Next up for the Slugs is a road trip to Rocklin to face William Jessup University on January 2 for a 7:30 game. You can find that game on line at http://www.jessupathletics.com/schedule/0/1.php Go to the scoreboard and click on live audio to get a broadcast of that game. The Warriors are currently 3-10 for the season. Marqus Crawford, a 6-1 senior guard is leading Jessup in scoring (15.4ppg), rebounds (6.0) steals and blocked shots. Last year, as a member of the Bethany College Bruins, Marqus scored 10 against the Slugs and was the Bruins leading scorer for the year, averaging 14.5 points. Anthony Anderson, a 6-6 guard is averaging 12 points a game. Jordan Wilson, a 6-4 junior has dished out 34 assists so far for the Warriors. The Warriors are tall with 7 players at 6-6 or taller including 6-9 senior Nikita Evdokimov. Last year, the Warriors beat the Slugs in overtime, 73-70 in the season opener at the Slug domehe Slugs will come back the next night to play Cal Lutheran at Santa Cruz in a 5pm game.