SANTA CRUZ (12-31) – The Banana Slugs started their three-game homestand as they took on Oberlin College at Kaiser Permanente Arena. The Banana Slugs overcame a double-digit deficit to defeat the Yeomen 67-60 and improve to 7-9.
Both teams lost their last game. The Banana Slugs lost 77-57 to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Thursday in Las Vegas while Oberlin lost 60-57 to Claremont Mudd Scripps in Claremont on Thursday.
In the first half, the teams would trade baskets, and the lead, for the first six and a half minutes. After Adam Marlow tied the game at 13-13 with a pair of free throws, the Yeomen would go on a 12-0 run, capped by a Scott Miller layup, to give the Yeomen a 25-13 lead with 8:14 left in the first half. The Yeomen would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at thirteen, at 28-15, on an Eric Holt three pointer with 5:38 left in the first half. The Banana Slugs would then end the half on an 11-4 run, capped by a Dylan Holler three pointer with three seconds left, to cut the Yeomen lead to 32-26. The Yeomen led 32-26 at the halftime break.
In the second half, the Banana Slugs would start a comeback. The Yeomen would gain their largest lead of the half at seven, at 39-32, on an Eli Silverman-Lloyd three pointer with 15:07 left. The Banana Slugs would respond with a 15-7 run, capped by a pair of Adam Marlow free throws, to give the Banana Slugs the lead for good at 47-46. The Banana Slugs gained their largest lead of the game at eleven, at 63-52, on a Tre Weston dunk with 1:01 left. The closest the Yeomen would come would be four, at 64-60, on a Joshua Friedkin three pointer with two seconds left. The Banana Slugs would win the game 67-60 in their final game of the 2016 calendar year.
Kyle Creighton had a game high thirteen points to lead the Banana Slugs. Nathan Cohen had twelve points for the Yeomen. Marlow had twelve points and Cilia and Dorfman had ten points for the Banana Slugs in the win. Jack Poyle had nine points and Friedkin and Miller had eight points for the Yeomen.
The Banana Slugs shot 37.7% (20-53) from the field, 77.8% (7-9) from the three-point line and was 69% (20-29) from the free throw line. The Yeomen shot 41.8% (23-55) from the field, 31% (9-29) from the three-point line and 55.6% (5-9) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced twenty turnovers by the Yeomen, scoring sixteen points off the turnovers. The Yeomen defense forced fifteen turnovers by UC Santa Cruz and scored seventeen points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded Oberlin 37-36 and the Banana Slugs had eight more second chance points (17-9) than did the Yeomen.
The next game for the Banana Slugs is Monday as they take on Skidmore College at Kaiser Permanente Arena at 7 pm.