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.
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.