COLORADO SPRINGS (12-1) – The Banana Slugs started their season-long twelve game road trip as they took on Colorado College in Colorado Springs. The Tigers outscored the Banana Slugs by seven in the second half and defeated the Banana Slugs 69-65.
In the first half, the Banana Slugs started the game on a 4-0 spurt capped by a Sam Gabbard layup with 16:43 left in the half. The Tigers would respond with a 5-0 spurt, capped by a Devin Martinez layup with 15:13 left in the half, to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead with 15:13 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would then go on an 11-4 run, capped by a Patrick Ramos layup with 9:34 left in the half, to take their largest lead of the half at six, at 15-9. The six-point lead was gained once again, at 29-23, on a Gabbard layup with 3:01 left in the half. The Banana Slugs led 32-29 at halftime.
In the second half, the Banana Slugs would hold the Tigers at arms' length for the majority of the half. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at ten at 51-41, on a Haakon Ullrich jumper with 12:04 left. The Tigers would respond with a 18-7 run, capped by a Cooxooeii Black layup with 3:20 left, to take the lead at 59-58. The Tigers would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at four, at 62-58, on an Eric Jonas three pointer with 2:41 left. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 7-0 run, capped by a Gabbard jumper, to take the lead at 65-62. The Tigers would finish the game on a 7-0 run to win 69-65. The loss broke the Banana Slugs' two game winning streak.
Gabbard had a game-high twenty-six points to lead the Banana Slugs. Aaron Acosta had twenty-one points for the Tigers. Ben Dorfman had nine and Simon Mueller-Landsvik and Ramos both had eight for the Banana Slugs in the loss. Jonas had twenty and Black had sixteen for the Tigers.
The Banana Slugs shot 50% (27-54) from the field, 27.3% (6-22) from the three-point line and were 83.3% (5-6) from the free throw line. The Tigers shot 44.8% (26-58) from the field, 41.2% (7-17) from the three-point line and 62.5% (10-16) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced eighteen turnovers by the Tigers scoring sixteen points off the turnovers while the Tigers' defense forced twenty-five turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring thirty-one points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded Colorado 35-28 while the Tigers had fourteen more bench points (26-12) than did the Banana Slugs.
The next game for the Banana Slugs will be tomorrow as they take on either Johnson and Wales University (CO) in Denver at noon.