Slugs Get Fourth in the Lee Fulmer Memorial Tournament

During the third-place game, Chapman University and UC Santa Cruz battled it out in an evenly matched contest. Neither team found its rhythm for quite some time until the Panthers broke a 19-all tie at the two-minute mark on a sophomore forward Nick Dragovich (La Crescenta, CA) lay-up. Chapman mustered a halftime lead of three points, which eventually stood up for the 74-65 win. Midway through the second period, the Panthers erupted for a 15-2 run to put the game away, highlighted by back-to-back buckets by freshman guard Taylor Hamasaki (Mission Viejo, CA). Santa Cruz battled through the final ticks of the clock, forcing Chapman to take care of the ball while sinking its free throws in the final few minutes. Chapman gained a team-high 15 points from senior guard Brandon Lin (Corona, CA), who landed on the All-Tournament team. Senior forward Ben Ricard (Westlake Village, CA) stepped up with 14 points and seven boards, while Hamasaki and Dragovich chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Banana Slugs looked to a well-balanced attack with senior guard Samuel Allen (San Francisco, CA) stepping off the bench to score a game-high 18 points on 4-for-4 shooting. Three of the Santa Cruz starters recorded double-digit points, including All-Tournament honoree senior forward Brent Jacobs (San Diego, CA) with 11.