SAN DIMAS (1-30) – The Banana Slugs completed their two game road trip as they took on NCCAA member Life Pacific College in San Dimas. The Warriors hit a three pointer at the final buzzer to defeat the Banana Slugs 67-66.
This game is a rematch of a game played on November 19th in Santa Cruz that was won by the Banana Slugs 72-60. Both teams won their last game. The Banana Slugs won 72-56 over USCAA member California Miramar University in San Dimas on Saturday while the Warriors won 82-79 over Bethesda University of California on Saturday in San Dimas.
In the first half, the Warriors would start the game on a 10-3 run capped by a pair of Blake Terry free throws with 16:29 left in the half. The Warriors would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at twelve, at 18-6, on an Edgardo Campos three pointer with 12:44 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would then go on a 24-11 run, capped by an Adam Marlow three pointer with 2:40 left, to give the Banana Slugs a 30-29 lead. The Warriors would finish the half on a 9-0 run, capped by a Ramez Michail three pointer with eight seconds left, to give the Warriors a 38-30 lead at the halftime intermission.
In the second half, the Banana Slugs would start the half on a 13-4 run, capped by a Ben Dorfman three pointer with 14:25 left, to give the Banana Slugs a 43-42 lead. The Banana Slugs took their largest lead of the game at eight on two occasions; the second occasion at 64-56 on an Adam Marlow layup with 3:28 left. The Warriors would respond with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 64-64 on a Michail layup with nine seconds left. Marlow would give the Banana Slugs the lead, at 66-64, with a layup with two seconds left. With no time remaining, Blake Terry would hit a three pointer to give the Warriors a 67-66 win.
Marlow had seventeen points to lead the Banana Slugs. Michail had a game high nineteen points for the Warriors. Dorfman had twelve points and three players (Will Crain, Vinay Narayanam and Tre Weston) had eight points for the Banana Slugs in the loss. Terry had fifteen and Edgardo Campos and James Noble both had eleven points for the Warriors.
The Banana Slugs shot 47.2% (25-53) from the field, 34.6% (9-26) from the three-point line and were 58.3% (7-12) from the free throw line. The Warriors shot 40% (20-50) from the field, 38.5% (10-26) from the three-point line and 81% (17-21) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced seventeen turnovers by the Fighting Falcons scoring twenty two points off the turnovers while the Warriors' defense forced fifteen turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring nineteen points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded Life Pacific 34-33 and the Warriors had seven more assists (10-3) than did the Banana Slugs.
The next game for the Banana Slugs will be next Monday as they take on NAIA member Pacific Union College at Kaiser Permanente Arena at 7 pm.