SANTA CRUZ (2-22) – The Banana Slugs played their final game of the 2016-2017 regular season as they took on USCAA member California Miramar University at Kaiser Permanente Arena. The Banana Slugs won 106-65.
Tonight's game was a rematch of a game played on January 28th in San Dimas that was won by UC Santa Cruz 72-56. Both teams lost their last game. The Banana Slugs lost 75-71 to NCCAA member Bethesda University of California at Kaiser Permanente Arena last Monday while the Fighting Falcons lost 76-70 to Portland Bible College in Lancaster on Thursday.
In the first half, the Fighting Falcons would start the game on a 6-2 spurt, capped by a Tommy Le'Garde jumper with 17:55 left in the half. The four point lead would be the largest of the contest for the Fighting Falcons. The Banana Slugs would respond with a 32-26 run, capped by a Tyler Klingenbeck layup with 4:37 left in the half, to give the Banana Slugs the lead for good at 34-32. The Banana Slugs would gain a double digit lead, at 45-34, on a Ben Dorfman three pointer with 1:14 left in the half. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the half at fifteen, at 49-34, on a Will Crain layup with twelve seconds left. The Banana Slugs led 49-34 at the halftime intermission.
In the second half, the Banana Slugs would expand their lead. The closest the Fighting Falcons would come would be thirteen on three occasions; the third occasion at 53-40 on a Steven Adams jumper with 17:36 left. The Banana Slugs would gain their largest lead of the ballgame at forty one on two occasions; the second occasion at 106-65 on a Klingenbeck layup with 1:18 left. The win completed the third consecutive season in which the Banana Slugs have won ten or more games.
Tre Weston had a game high twenty one points to lead the Banana Slugs. Devin McDonough, off the bench, and Christian Mora had thirteen points apiece for the Fighting Falcons. Dylan Holler had sixteen, Corey Cilia, off the bench, had fourteen, and Will Crain and Adam Marlow both had ten in the win. Le'Garde had twelve and Adams had eleven for the Fighting Falcons.
The Banana Slugs shot 53.1% (43-81) from the field, 34.4% (11-32) from the three-point line and were 52.9% (9-17) from the free throw line. The Fighting Falcons shot 39.1% (25-64) from the field, 20% (4-20) from the three-point line and 64.7% (11-17) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced fifteen turnovers by the Fighting Falcons scoring twenty eight points off the turnovers while the Fighting Falcons' defense forced eleven turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring thirteen points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded California Miramar 53-34 and the Banana Slugs had twenty one more points off the bench (41-20) than did the Fighting Falcons.
The Banana Slugs will now wait to see if they will be selected to the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament. The tournament field will be announced at 9:30 am.