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. After Tyler Hunt hit a sweet bank shot seven minutes into the game, the Slugs had stretched the lead to 22-3. This expanded to a 24-point lead, 29-5 on the nice inside move by James Townsend with 8:42 left in the half. From that point on, the game was never in doubt. Substituting freely, Coach Johnson played 16 Slugs in the first half and 10 of them scored. Spreading the playing time out evenly, no Slug played over nine minutes. Spencer Wells hit two threes and two twos to lead all scorers in the first half with 10 points. Kevin Konopelski capped off the first half scoring for Santa Cruz with back-to-back threes to give the Slugs a 41-15. On fire behind the arc, the Slugs would hit six threes during the first half. Jamien Jones led the men from Cruz out in the second half, scoring two lay-ups in the first minute. The Slugs continued to increase their lead, stretching it to 34 points, 66-32 when Tyler Hunt rattled home his second three of the half with 8:24 left in the game. That lead peaked at 36 points, 74-38 when James Townsend hit a put back at 5:42. Kevin Konopelski's third three of the game concluded the Slug scoring. All 16 Slugs once again took the court for the second half. Only team captain, Brent Jacobs played as many as 20 minutes. While Joe Ross of Pacifica led all scorers with 23 points, a number of Slugs had outstanding shooting nights. Spencer Wells was silky smooth, scoring a career high 17 points on 7 of 9 from the field. James Townsend had a great day inside, pulling down a career best 10 rebounds while scoring eight points. Jamien Jones dropped in 10 points with Kevin Konopelski adding 11. For the game, the Slugs shot 50% behind the arc while holding Pacifica to just 30% from the field for the game. Santa Cruz pulled down 61 rebounds, tying the school record for most rebounds in a single game. At the Dome, the Slug defense has been outstanding. Staying undefeated at home, the men from Cruz are holding opponents to just 36% from the field. In addition, opponents are averaging just 54 points against the Slugs at home. On Saturday they return to the comfortable confines of the Dome to play a return game against the Bobcats of UC Merced. The final home game of the year is scheduled for Saturday, February 11 against American Sports University. This game, a double header with the women's team is scheduled for 7pm. It is also senior night where the eight seniors will be honored and play in their last home game as a Slug