SANTA CRUZ (12-16) – UC Santa Cruz played their first game in a three game homestand as they took on California Institute of Technology at Kaiser Permanente Arena. These two teams took on each other on December 5th in Pasadena and this was the exact opposite of the game earlier this month as the Banana Slugs won 71-59 for their second consecutive win.
Both teams won their last game. UC Santa Cruz won 66-65 over Linfield College on Sunday in McMinnville while California Tech defeated UC Santa Cruz 58-50 on December 5th.
In the first half, the Beavers would jump out of the gates with a 7-0 run, capped by a pair of Nasser Al-Rayes free throws with 17:08 left in the half. The Beavers would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at eight, at 10-2, on a KC Emezie three pointer with 16:15 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 19-5 run, capped by a Will Crain jumper with 8:33 left, to make the score 21-15 with 8:33 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the half, at nine, at 29-20 on an Andrew Jones layup with 2:15 left in the half. The Banana Slugs led 31-26 at halftime.
In the second half, the Beavers would trim into the Banana Slugs' lead. The Beavers would come as close as two, at 41-39, on a Lawrence Lee jumper with 13:01 left. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 9-0 run, capped by a Ben Dorfman three pointer with 10:12 left, to make the score 50-39. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the game, at seventeen, at 67-50 on an Adam Marlow three pointer with 1:09 left. The Banana Slugs would win 71-59 to extend their winning streak to two.
Sam Gabbard had a game-high fifteen points for the Banana Slugs. Al-Rayes had thirteen points for the Beavers. Crain and Andrew Jones had twelve points apiece in the win. Emezie had ten points for the Beavers.
The Banana Slugs shot 45% (27-60) from the field, 28.6% (6-21) from the three-point line and was 78.6% (11-14) from the free throw line. The Beavers shot 31.7% (19-60) from the field, 20% (4-20) from the three-point line and 77.3% (17-22) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced thirteen turnovers by the Beavers scoring eleven points off the turnovers while the Beavers' defense forced seventeen turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring eleven points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded California Tech 43-33 and the Banana Slugs had six more assists (16-10) than did the Beavers.
The next game for the Banana Slugs will be Sunday as they take on Whittier College at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 pm.