SANTA CRUZ (1-19) – UC Santa Cruz came off their ten day hiatus as they took on NAIA opponent Pacific Union College at Kaiser Permanente Arena. The Banana Slugs and the Pioneers needed two extra frames to determine a winner. However, in the end, it was the Pioneers who came away with an 88-82 win in double overtime.
In their last game, UC Santa Cruz won 90-82 over West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster on January 9th while Pacific Union lost 63-62 to La Sierra University on Saturday in Angwin.
In the first half, neither team could get separation from each other. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the half, at one, on two occasions; the second occasion coming at 20-19 on a Sam Gabbard free throw with 7:21 left in the half. The Pioneers would take the lead for good, in the half, at 21-20 on a Taureaus Maxwell jumper with 6:52 left. The Pioneers' lead would swell to six on two occasions; the second occasion at 30-24 on a Devon Marshall layup with 2:42 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would come as close as two, at 30-28, on a Sam Gabbard layup with 1:30 left in the half. The Pioneers led 34-31 at the halftime break.
In the second half, the Pioneers would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at seven, at 38-31, on a Jarron Crump layup with 16:38 left in regulation. The Banana Slugs would respond by outscoring the Pioneers 20-12 over the next 9:52 of clock time to take the lead at 51-50 on a Sam Gabbard three pointer with 6:46 left. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at five, at 61-56, on a Tyler Klingenbeck layup with two minutes left. After Corey Cilia gave the Banana Slugs a three point lead, at 63-60, with twenty seconds left, Crump was fouled and made one free throw. Crump missed the second free throw and Chris Dorsey tipped the ball in, for the Pioneers, with less than a second remaining, tying the game at 63-63. UC Santa Cruz could not get the ball beyond half court on their final possession and the game went into overtime tied at 63-63.
In the first overtime period, the Pioneers jumped out to a four point lead, at 67-63, on a Maxwell layup with 3:03 left. The Pioneers would hold the lead for a majority of the overtime period. After Will Crain cut the Pioneers' lead to one at 73-72 with eighteen seconds left, Crump was fouled. Crump made one of two free throws, setting up the Banana Slugs' final possession of the first overtime session. The ball ended up in Gabbard's hands and he came through with a layup with one second remaining, tying the game at 74-74. Crump's half court heave with no time remaining fell short as the game went into a second overtime tied at 74-74.
In the second overtime period, the two teams would trade baskets for the first 3:50 of the period. The Pioneers would take the lead for good, at 83-80, on a Crump three pointer with forty seven seconds left. The Pioneers would expand their lead to six, at 86-80, on a Dorsey layup with twenty six seconds left. The Pioneers would go on to win 88-82.
Gabbard had a double double with a game high nineteen points and fifteen rebounds for the Banana Slugs. Mike Hill had eighteen points, off the bench, for the Pioneers. Ben Dorfman had fourteen points, off the bench, Crain had thirteen and Matthew Ponce had eleven points in the loss. Crump had seventeen, Dorsey had sixteen and Maxwell had twelve for the Pioneers.
The Banana Slugs shot 40.3% (29-72) from the field, 30% (6-20) from the three-point line and was 62.1% (18-29) from the free throw line. The Pioneers shot 47.8% (32-67) from the field, 18.2% (2-11) from the three-point line and 75.9% (22-29) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced seventeen turnovers by the Pioneers scoring thirteen points off the turnovers while the Pioneers defense forced fourteen turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring eleven points off the turnovers. Pacific Union outrebounded UC Santa Cruz 46-41 and the Pioneers had ten more points in the paint (50-40) than did the Banana Slugs. The game featured thirteen ties and eleven lead changes.
The next game for the Banana Slugs will be next Wednesday as they take on NAIA opponent CSU Maritime Academy at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 pm.