SANTA CRUZ (1-11) –The Banana Slugs played their second of a three-game homestand as they took on California Miramar University at Kaiser Permanente Arena. The Banana Slugs outscored the Fighting Falcons by nineteen in the first half en route to a 95-59 victory. The win marked the Banana Slugs third in a row.
In the first half, the Fighting Falcons started the game on a 13-7 run capped by a Steven Adams layup with 13:30 left in the half. From that point, the Banana Slugs would then go on a 10-2 run, capped by a Ryan Silva three-pointer with 11:14 left in the half, to get the lead for good at 17-15. The Banana Slugs would gain a double-digit lead at 35-25 on a Sam Gabbard three with 5:27 left. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the half at twenty-one twice; the second occasion at 50-29 on a Gabbard layup with 0:38 left. The Banana Slugs led 50-31 at halftime.
In the second half, the closest the Fighting Falcons would come would be seventeen at 52-35 after a pair of Kenyon Williams free throws with 16:33 left. The Banana Slugs took their largest lead of the ballgame at thirty-six, at 93-57, on a pair of Eric Siegel free throws with 2:11 left.
Gabbard had a double-double with a game high twenty-one points and twelve rebounds along with 6 assiststo lead the Banana Slugs. Adams had fifteen points for the Fighting Falcons. Calvin Keyes had a season-high eighteen, Russell Taylor had seventeen and Simon Mueller-Landsvik had ten in the win. Malik Jones, Tommy LeGardye and Kenyon Williams all had eight for the Fighting Falcons.
The Banana Slugs shot 58.1% (36-62) from the field, 47.6% (10-21) from the three-point line and were 68.4% (13-19) from the free throw line. The Fighting Falcons shot 41.8% (23-55) from the field, 25% (4-16) from the three-point line and 56.3% (9-16) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced fourteen turnovers by the Fighting Falcons scoring twenty-one points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded California Miramar 42-25 and the Banana Slugs had twenty-three more points off the bench (47-24) than did the Fighting Falcons.
The next game for the Banana Slugs will be Thursday as they take on Bethesda University of California at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 pm.