SANTA CRUZ (1-4) –The Banana Slugs played their first home game in over a month as they took on ACCA member University of Los Angeles College of Divinity at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Will Crain made program history in the second half as he scored his eleventh basket without a miss as the Banana Slugs defeated the Cubs 84-79 for their second consecutive win.
In the first half, the Banana Slugs started the game on a 14-2 run capped by a Russell Taylor free throw with 13:49 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at fourteen, at 18-4, on a Hakkon Ullrich layup with 12:42 left. From that point, the Cubs would go on a 26-15 run, capped by a Marcel Phillips layup with 5:26 left in the half, to give the Cubs the lead at 29-28. The one-point lead was the largest of the contest for the Cubs. The Banana Slugs would take the lead for good, at 30-29, on a Haakon Ullrich layup with 5:03 left in the half. The Banana Slugs led 42-37 at halftime.
In the second half, the Banana Slugs would hold the Cubs at arm's length. The Banana Slugs would gain a double-digit lead, at 61-51, on a Crain layup with 13:42 left. Crain's historic basket came with 7:02 left in the game. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the half at thirteen on two occasions; the second occasion at 79-66 on a Tyler Klingenbeck jumper with 5:04 left. The Cubs would come as close as five on three occasions; the third occasion at 84-79 on a Phillips' free throw with five seconds left.
Sam Gabbard had twenty-five points to lead the Banana Slugs. Jerron Wilbut had a game high forty-two points for the Cubs. Crain finished 11-11 from the field and had twenty-four points. Ullrich, off the bench, had eleven and Klingenbeck had ten in the win. Michael Morrisey and Phillips both had nine for the Cubs.
The Banana Slugs shot 53.6% (30-56) from the field, 26.7% (4-15) from the three-point line and were 71.4% (20-28) from the free throw line. The Cubs shot 38.9% (28-72) from the field, 41.7% (10-24) from the three-point line and 81.3% (13-16) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced eight turnovers by the Cubs scoring twenty points off the turnovers while the Cubs' defense forced twenty-two turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring twenty-nine points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded University of Los Angeles College of Divinity 49-26 and the Banana Slugs had twenty-one more points in the paint (49-28) than did the Cubs.
The next game for the Banana Slugs will be next Friday as they take on California Miramar University at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Tip-off is set for 5 pm