SANTA CRUZ (11-18) – The Banana Slugs took on Pacific University at Kaiser Permanente Arena to finish up the Slugs Tipoff Classic. The Boxers defeated the Banana Slugs 112-109.
In their last game, the Banana Slugs won 68-65 over California Lutheran University on Friday at West Field House while the Boxers lost 126-101 to Chapman University yesterday at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
In the first half, the Boxers would start the game on an 8-2 run capped by Saint Gelacio layup with 17:18 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 13-6 run, capped by a Sam Gabbard layup with 13:22 left in the half, to give the Banana Slugs a 15-14 lead. The Boxers would take the lead for good, at 22-19, on a Marcus Wallace three pointer with 11:26 left in the half. The Boxers would take a double-digit lead, at 37-25, on a Brevin Brown three pointer with 8:22 left in the half. The Boxers would gain their largest lead of the half at nineteen, at 64-45, on a Jared Cattell free throw with 1:25 left in the half. The Boxers led 71-53 at halftime.
In the second half, the Banana Slugs would trim into the Boxers' advantage. The Boxers gained their largest lead of the ballgame at twenty, at 73-53, on an Andy Isokpehi layup with 19:51 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 56-38 run, capped by a Patrick Ramos free throw with seventeen seconds left, to trim the Boxers' lead to two at 111-109. After Wallace made one of two free throws with ten seconds left, Ramos attempted a three pointer to tie the ballgame with no time left, but the ball rimmed out giving the Boxers the 112-109 win.
Gabbard had a game-high thirty-four points to lead the Banana Slugs. Brown had thirty points for the Boxers. Will Crain had nineteen, Rashard Thornhill had twelve and Ramos had eleven for the Banana Slugs in the loss. Wallace had eighteen, Chris Kobayashi had sixteen and Isokpehi had eleven for the Boxers.
The Banana Slugs shot 68.4% (39-57) from the field, 28.6% (2-7) from the three-point line and were 74.4% (29-39) from the free throw line. The Boxers shot 50% (43-86) from the field, 38.7% (12-31) from the three-point line and 73.7% (14-19) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced twelve turnovers by the Banana Slugs scoring twelve points off the turnovers while the Boxers' defense forced twenty four turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring thirty points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded Pacific 43-28 while the Boxers had thirty-seven more points off the bench (66-29) than did the Banana Slugs.
The next game for the Banana Slugs will be on Saturday as they take on University of La Verne at Kaiser Permanente Arena at noon.