Tigers Beat Slugs in Overtime

EAGLE ROCK, CA  – UC Santa Cruz finished up the second night of a back-to-back as they took on NCAA Division III opponent Occidental College. The Tigers won the game 86-82 in overtime.

Unlike the previous day's game, the Slugs came out with a strong offensive performance. The Slugs' took their largest lead of the first half at 13-8 with 11:42 left in the half on a Jared Ponce free throw. The Tigers would respond with a 10-4 run, which was capped by a Joe Compagno three pointer to make the score 18-17 with 8:55 left in the first half.  The Tigers would methodically extend their lead to double digits, at 36-26 with 1:28 left, on another Compagno three pointer. Chad Tanioka of Occidental would add a free throw before the end of the half and the Tigers would take a 39-27 lead into the halftime intermission.

 In the second half, the Slugs would cut into the Tigers' lead and then took the lead themselves with 15:20 left in the game on an Ilan Zur three pointer to make the score 42-41. The two teams would trade baskets for the remainder of the half with neither team garnering a lead of more than two points. Spencer Wells made two free throws for the Slugs with 48 seconds left to send the game into overtime.  The score was tied at the end of regulation at 74.
 In the overtime, the Tigers received eleven of their twelve points in the period by Kris Montoya and the Tigers' defense held the Slugs to three Jared Ponce baskets for the 86-82 overtime victory.
 Jared Ponce had a game high twenty four points for the Banana Slugs. Both Montoya and Andrew Johnson had twenty points for the Tigers. James Townsend had eighteen points for UC Santa Cruz. Compagno had seventeen points for the victorious Tigers. Spencer Wells had fifteen points and Ilan Zur had twelve points in the loss for the Slugs.
 The Banana Slugs shot 45.3% (29-64) from the field, 36% (9-25) from the three point line and was 62.5% (15-24) from the free throw line. The Tigers shot 51.9% (28-54) from the field, 41.7% (10-24) from the three point line and 69% (20-29) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced nineteen Tiger turnovers scoring twenty three points off the turnovers while the Tigers' defense forced eleven turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring six points off the turnovers. Occidental outrebounded UC Santa Cruz 35-31 and had six more second chance points (16-10) than did UC Santa Cruz. The game featured 33 ties and 12 lead changes.

The Slugs now have a week and a half to prepare for their next game. Their next game is February 13th against Menlo College in Atherton.