Men's Basketball 2011-12 Headlines

February 4, 2012
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.

January 28, 2012
Slugs Down UC Merced
Holding home court once again, the UC Santa Cruz men's team went to 5-0 at the Slug Dome this season with a convincing 74-52 victory over the UC Merced Bobcats. In doing so, the Slugs went to 12-9 for the season, the earliest the Slugs have ever had 12 wins in the history of the program.

January 27, 2012
Chancellor and EVC are Honored During Chapman Game

January 27, 2012
Slugs continue to stay perfect at the Dome
UC Santa Cruz rolled to a 77-49 victory over the Pacifica Gladiators to run their record to 11-9 for the season. In doing so, they tied the school record for most rebounds in a single game. Opening with a Brent Jacobs dunk 13 seconds into the game, the Slugs scored the first eight points and kept rolling from there.

January 22, 2012
Speedy Slugs Outrun Bobcats at Merced
Outside Hosteltler Court at UC Merced, there was a mild drizzle. Inside, Sam Allen was raining threes as he hit five to lead the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs to a comfortable 76-71 victory over the UC Merced Bobcats. With the victory, the Slugs ran their record to 10-9. In doing so, Santa Cruz is about .500 for the season in January for the first time since January of 1998, the last time the Slugs finished about .500 for a season, 13-12. In Friday night's narrow victory over Chapman, the Slugs won playing a slow, deliberate style. On Sunday afternoon, the men from Cruz showed why most teams choose not to run with them.

January 20, 2012
Slugs Defeat Chapman in a Nailbiter
There is no place like home: Slugs stay perfect at Slug Dome On a dark and stormy night, the near capacity crowd and the swarming UC Santa Cruz defense pulled off the perfect storm as the Slugs beat Chapman 44-43 in a game that was not decided until Brandon Lins highly contested shot glazed off the side of the back board and fell harmlessly to the floor as the buzzer sounded.

January 16, 2012
Slugs And Hawks Battle Till The End At Holy Names
In a hard fought, fast paced game Monday night played in front of a noisy crowd in Tobin Gymnasium on the Holy Names campus, the Holy Names Hawks barely outlasted the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs, 75-73. In the first half, the Hawks roared out to a 10-point lead, 17-7 in the first four minutes.

December 30, 2011
Slugs Get Win Over American Sports University
Freshman Aron West and senior Brent Jacobs both 10 points to help lead UC Santa Cruz to a 87-54 victory over American Sports University in the third place game at the Purple and Gold Classic at Whittier College.

December 29, 2011
Keelhaulers Sink UC Santa Cruz's Comeback Effort
In a first round game of the Purple and Gold Poet Classic at Whittier College, Cal State Maritime Academy defeated the Banana Slugs 69-61. The Slugs took their only lead of the game, 2-0, just over a minute into the game on a short Brent Jacobs jumper.

December 18, 2011
Santa Cruz Defeats Cal Lu
For the second night in a row, the Slugs shot 50% from the field and held their opponents to less than 35% as Santa Cruz defeated Cal Lutheran 60-50 to run their record to 5-6 for the season. In doing so, the Slugs went undefeated to capture the SCIAC Classic for the second time in three years. Cal Lutheran took their only lead just 32 seconds into the game on a tip in by Aaron Van Klaveren.

December 10, 2011
Jacobs Soars Over The Oaks
With five Slugs scoring in double figures, UC Santa Cruz was able to outscore Menlo College 83-73 in the home opener at the Slug Dome. Led by Brent Jacobs making 10 out of 12 shots in the paint, the men from Cruz were able to outscore the Menlo Oaks 48 to 30 in the paint to run their record to 3-5 for the season.

December 7, 2011
Preview for game vs. Menlo College December 10

December 3, 2011
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.

December 3, 2011
Slugs Beat the Kingsmen
For the second time this season, UC Santa Cruz was able to defeat Cal Lutheran by 10 points, this time winning 61-51 before the home crowd at the Slug Dome. Down 2-0 before the game even started due to a technical foul for a dunk during warm ups, the Slugs Jamien Jones tied the game up 29 seconds into the game on two free throws of his own. The early action in the game would account for five ties in the first seven minutes with both teams taking a slight lead.

December 2, 2011
Slugs Fall to Redlands in Semi-Finals of Lee Fulmer Memorial Tournament
In the second round of the Fulmer tournament, University of Redlands beat UC Santa Cruz 92-76 in front of an active home crowd. Redlands will play Pomona Pitzer for the tournament championship while the Slugs will face long time nemesis, Chapman in the third place game at 5:30pm.

December 2, 2011
Slugs Lose to William Jessup in Overtime
The first game of 2012 had a slow start, a great middle and a poor finish as the Slugs dropped an overtime game to William Jessup University, 83-73, Down right away, Santa Cruz got its first lead of the New Year, 14-13 on a Spencer Wells three with just fewer than 12 minutes left in the first half.

November 20, 2011
Slugs Victorious in Walla Walla
The Drought is over in Eastern Washington. For the first time in school history, the University of California Santa Cruz Banana Slugs won a game in Washington against a team from Washington. Playing back-to-back games for the first time all season, the Banana Slugs came home with a 76-67 victory.

November 19, 2011
Slugs Zoned Out by Whitman
Sometimes you are in the zone and sometimes you are not. For most of the night, the Whitman Missionaries played a zone defense, completely shutting down the Slugs offense as Whitman won their first game of the year 68-56. Early on, Santa Cruz worked inside out very well to take an early lead. Spencer Wells dropped in a three off of a Tyler Hunt assist to score the first Slug basket.

November 17, 2011
Men's Basketball Falls To Whitworth
On a cold night in the Pacific Northwest, the Slugs shooting matched the weather. UCSC shot an ice cold 38% to lose to the #12 ranked Whitworth Pirates, 70-54. This drops UC Santa Cruz to 0-2 while Whitworth improves to 1-0.

November 15, 2011
Santa Cruz Slugs It Out With Division I UC Davis
In the end, the taller Division 1 UC Davis Aggies slipped by the Division III UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs 84-78 at The Pavilion on the Davis campus. However, for most of the game, there did not appear to be a difference in NCAA division or talent.

November 5, 2011
Santa Cruz Wins Exhibition Game Over Academy of the Arts
For senior Sam Allen, the comfortable confines of Kezar Pavillion led to a career high night as he helped lead the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs to an 82-68 exhibition victory over the Academy of Art University, a NCAA Division II programs. The Slugs were able to hold off the San Francisco program with scholarships and Division I kickbacks.