SAN DIMAS (2-6) – UC Santa Cruz started their two game trip to Southern California as they took on NCCAA opponent Life Pacific College. Although the Banana Slugs fell behind by double digits in the first half, the Banana Slugs won 64-56.
In their last game, UC Santa Cruz won 77-71 over University of La Verne in Santa Cruz last Friday while Life Pacific lost 77-65 to Bristol University in San Dimas.
In the first half, the Warriors started the game on a 10-2 run capped a James Noble layup with fourteen minutes with the half. The Warriors would gain their largest lead of the game at ten, at 18-8, on a Basil Cantu layup with 9:03 left. The Banana Slugs would chip away at the lead and would take the lead, at 24-23, on a pair of free throws by Will Crain with forty-five seconds left in the half. The Banana Slugs would lead 26-23 at the halftime break.
In the second half, the Banana Slugs would expand their lead. The Banana Slugs would take a seven point lead at 34-27 on a Sam Gabbard jumper with 16:43 left. The Banana Slugs would expand their lead to double digits, at 44-33, on an Adam Marlow three pointer with 12:38 left. The Warriors would get as close as three, at 44-41, on a pair of Jimmy Roethler free throws with 11:13 left. The Banana Slugs would take their largest lead of the ballgame at fourteen, at 57-43, on a Marlow layup with 2:55 left. The Banana Slugs would go on to win 64-56 for their second consecutive win.
Crain had a game high twenty points for the Banana Slugs. Blake Terry had fifteen points for the Warriors. Corey Cilia had sixteen points, off the bench, and Jared Ponce had nine points in the win. Cantu had eleven and James Noble had nine for the Warriors.
The Banana Slugs shot 44% (22-50) from the field, 28.6% (4-14) from the three-point line and was 61.5% (16-26) from the free throw line. The Warriors shot 33.9% (20-59) from the field, 16.7% (4-24) from the three-point line and 57.1% (12-21) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced fifteen turnovers by the Warriors scoring sixteen points off the turnovers while the Warriors' defense forced fourteen turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring eleven points off the turnovers. Life Pacific outrebounded UC Santa Cruz 44-38 and the Banana Slugs had ten more points off the bench (19-9) than did the Warriors.
The next game for the Banana Slugs will be Monday as they take on Whittier College in Whittier. Tipoff is set for 5 pm.