SANTA BARBARA (11-7) – UC Santa Cruz's men's basketball team started their 2015-2016 season against NAIA opponent Westmont College in Santa Barbara in an exhibition.
The game, which was not considered an exhibition for the host Warriors, was the first opportunity for the Banana Slugs to play against another team for the first time this season. It was also a teaching opportunity for the three freshman on the senior-laden team. The team was evenly balanced in both scoring and rebounding.
The Banana Slugs will tip off the regular season next Sunday as they take on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Tipoff is set for 5 pm.