Slugs Outshot by Kingsmen

Thousand Oaks, Calif. --- Despite great shooting, the UCSC men's basketball team could not slow down Cal Lutheran in a 73-64 loss.

The Slugs were 16-of-28 from the floor in the first 20 minutes, but the Kingsmen built a lead to as much as 13 points on equally strong shooting going 16-of-30 from the floor including 6-of-11 from behind the arch. 

Freshman center Will Crain finished with 14 points, senior Jared Ponce finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the Slugs, and sophomore Sam Gabbard added 11 points including a 3-pointer to end the first half after Crain hit a layup and Adam Marlow stole the inbound pass cutting the lead to 34-39.

UCSC (1-7) could not keep the momentum from that final sequence rolling into the start of the second half as they managed only 4 points in the first 5 minutes.  The Slugs kept within reach after freshman Ben Dorfman's three-ball with 3:00 remaining cut the Cal Lutheran (4-1) lead to 3 points.  But that was as close as the Slugs would get.

Four Kingsmen finished in double-figures scoring, including Adrian Francis who finished with a game-high 24.  Connor McGuire added a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

UCSC has a break before heading back out on the road for a game against George Fox in Newberg, Ore. at 4:00 p.m. PST.