Pirates’ Defensive Prowess Leads Southwestern Past UC Santa Cruz

Pirates’ Defensive Prowess Leads Southwestern Past UC Santa Cruz

GEORGETOWN, TX -- UC Santa Cruz started their final road trip of the 2014-2015 season as they took on Southwestern College in Georgetown, Texas. The Pirates allowed only nineteen points in the first half as they defeated the Banana Slugs 74-56. 

UC Santa Cruz was coming off a 77-60 victory over Occidental College in Los Angeles on February 13th and Southwestern was coming off a 75-63 loss to Texas Lutheran in Seguin on Friday.

In the first half, the Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the game at two, at 4-2, on an Adam Marlow jumper with 16:56 left. From there, the Pirates would take the lead for good using a 10-2 run, capped by a Chris Lee layup with 13:50, to make the score 12-6. The Banana Slugs would come as close as two on two separate occasions; the second occasion coming at 14-12 on a Jared Ponce layup with 9:25 left. The Pirates would then go on a 10-0 run capped by a pair of Adrian Johnson free throws with 4:59 left to make the score 24-12. The Pirates would gain their largest lead of the half at fourteen, at 31-17, on a Ben Stiver three pointer with 3:11 left in the half. The Pirates took a 32-19 halftime lead over the Banana Slugs. 

In the second half, the Pirates would their double digit lead through the entire second half. The closest that the Banana Slugs would come was twelve, at 33-21, with 17:53 left on a Jared Ponce layup. The Pirates largest lead of the game was at twenty five, at 65-40, with 8:11 left on a Connor Kim three pointer. The Pirates would win 74-56 over the Banana Slugs. 

Tyler Berkness, off the bench, and Jared Ponce had eleven points for the Banana Slugs. Blake Scott had a game high fifteen points apiece for the Pirates. Three players (Corey Cilia, Marlow and James Townsend) each had seven points in the loss. Chris Lee had thirteen points for the Pirates.  

The Banana Slugs shot 37.7% (23-61) from the field, 16.7% (4-24) from the three point line and was 40% (6-15) from the free throw line. The Pirates shot 38.3% (23-60) from the field, 35.3% (6-17) from the three point line and 66.7% (22-33) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced thirteen Pirate turnovers scoring six points off the turnovers while the Pirates' defense forced twenty two turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring fourteen points off the turnovers. Southwestern outrebounded UC Santa Cruz 40-39 and the Pirates had five more second chance points (16-11) than did the Banana Slugs. 

The Banana Slugs' final game of the regular season is tomorrow as they will take on Austin College in Austin. Tipoff is set for noon.