LOS ANGELES- Their long December almost over, UC Santa Cruz fell victim to a blazing first half start in a 71-56 loss at Occidental on Friday night.
UCSC fell to 6-9 on the season. They are 3-7 in the month of December, with all ten games played on the road.
The Tigers improved to 11-0 after shooting 49.1%(27-55) from the field in the game, including a blazing 70.4% (19-27) in the first half.
After UCSC trailed 13-10 6:15 into the game, Occidental went on a 23-7 run over the next ten minutes to take a 36-17 lead. The Tigers pushed the lead to 52-23 at the half.
The Banana Slugs shot 46.2% from the floor (12-26) and outrebounded the Tigers 23-8 in the second half to make a game of it, but couldn't get closer than the 15 point final margin.
Sam Gabbard led UCSC with 22 points and 13 rebounds along with 3 assists. He passed Adam Sinton and Allen Koochof for 7th place on the school career scoring chart and now has 1,032.
Caleb Yellin-Flaherty led four Tigers in double figures with 19 points. He also had 5 of the 12 total Occidental steals.
UC Santa Cruz finish the two-game SoCal trip with a visit to Whittier tomorrow evening.