Chapman Drops 90 Points in Win

After Chapman University and UC Santa Cruz split their first two games this season, Chapman erupted to score a 90-58 victory over the Slugs, shooting almost 52% from the field and a very impressive 58.3% from behind the arc. On Youth Basketball Night at the Hutton Center on the Chapman University campus, the gym rocked with over 2000 fans including 300 youth basketball players. In attendance at the game was John Saintignon, the Slugs all time leading scorer. After being stifled in the last game against the Slugs, 6-6 Ben Ricard of the Panthers worked hard to establish an early presence. 30 seconds into the game, he scored on a nice spin move inside the paint to record the first two points of the game. After the Slugs Aron West tied the game up with two free throws, Ricard countered again with a short jumper. Setting a theme early, the Panthers pounded the paint for their first 10 points. Still, when Aron West drained a three five minutes into the game, the score was all knotted up, with West scoring seven of the Slugs first 10 points. Ricard quickly countered with another slick inside move to return the lead to Chapman. The Slugs Brent Jacobs answered back with his own inside game, hitting a short jumper. Moments later, Jacobs dropped in a lay up and was fouled. His free throw gave Santa Cruz its first lead of the game. Over the next few minutes, the lead kept changing. A James Townsend basket off of a Nate Morhi pass gave the Slugs their last lead of the game 19-18 at the 10:18 mark. Two minutes later, Kevin Konopelski swished a three to pull the Slugs even for the last time in the game, 22-22. The game fluctuated back and forth until another Ricard spin move triggered a 15-5 Chapman run to end the half. Brandon Lin started a rain storm from outside as he hit three threes in this stretch to push the Panther lead to 45-32 at halftime. Putting on a shooting clinic, the Panthers shot 57.7% from the field and 75% from behind the arc for the first half. After the spirited youth basketball players watched the Panthers light it up the first half, they put on their own basketball clinic at halftime. Still, both teams came out ice cold at the start of the second half. Finally, after 2:30 into the second half, the Slugs Nick Hipwell grabbed a missed shot and put it back in. Unfortunately, the Ricard-Lin show awakened at this point, starting with Ricard grabbing his own miss at putting it back in. Lin then followed with a three and moments later, Ricard dropped in a short jump shot. Another Ricard lay up at the 13:43 mark and the Panther lead was increased to 54-38. Ricard and Lin scored 15 of the next 20 points for the Panthers with the Slugs unable to answer Chapman's dynamic duo. By that time, Chapman was up 70-54 and continued on a 20-1 run to peak the lead at 90-55 with 2:28 to go in the game. Free throws by Slugs Nick Wagner and Ryan Swanson make the final score 90-58. For the Panthers, both Brandon Lin and Ben Ricard had career nights. Lin led all scorers with 29 points and was 9-13 from the field including 6-9 from behind the arc. Ricard was 10-14 from the field with 26 points. No other Panther had more than 6 points. 6-8 Colin Chadwick pulled down 13 rebounds. The Slugs, giving up 17 points off of turnovers and shooting just 21.7% for the second half were held pretty much in check by the Panthers highly ranked defense. Nathan Morhi led the Slugs with 10 points. Both Aron West and Brent Jacobs had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Next up for the Slugs is senior night on February 11 at the Slug Dome. Hoping to get back on the winning track, UC Santa Cruz faces American Sports University in the last home game of the year. Vice Chancellor Galloway will honor the seniors with a presentation prior to the start of the 7pm game. This is a double header with the women's game, so the Dome should be close to capacity once again. Also, stay tuned for a possible meet and greet with the team after the game at a local eatery to celebrate the seniors and the conclusion of the home season. For Chapman,s write of the game, go to