OVERLAND PARK, KS - senior forward Sam Gabbard has been named the Association of Division III Independents men's basketball Student-Athlete of the Month for January.
It is the third consecutive Student-Athlete of the Month for Gabbard this season and sixth over the past two seasons.
He averaged 23.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game as the Banana Slugs went 5-1 during the month, scoring in double figures in all six games including three double-doubles. The three-time Player of the Week during January led the Banana Slugs in scoring in five of six games during the month and is second in the Association with 21.5 points per game.The forward had a month-high 31 points on 11-of-16 shooting with 13 rebounds against Bethesda on January 17th. Gabbard also posted 30 points, 12 rebounds and hit the game-winning three in a victory at Cal Maritime on January 23rd.
The Banana Slugs' only loss in January was at Division I Cal State Bakersfield, which broke the longest UCSC win streak since 1984.