LANCASTER (1-6) – The Banana Slugs continued their road trip taking on NCCAA member West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster. For the second consecutive game, the Banana Slugs scored sixty-plus points in the second half and beat the Eagles 103-69.
In their last game, the Banana Slugs won 111-89 over Whittier College in Whittier on December 29th while the Eagles lost 100-64 to NCAA Division II member Biola University in La Mirada last Saturday.
In the first half, the two teams would play a back and forth half. The Banana Slugs led 42-36 at halftime. In the second half, the Banana Slugs cracked the game open with a 13-0 run. The Banana Slugs outscored the Eagles 61-33 in the second half for their fifth win in their last six games.
Sam Gabbard and Patrick Ramos, off the bench, had sixteen points apiece to lead the Banana Slugs. Andrew Jones and Tyler Klingenbeck both had thirteen points off the bench and Kyle Creighton had ten points. Daniel Foster had a game high twenty-five points, Seth Hanna had seventeen and Carson Cochran had twelve for the Eagles.
The Banana Slugs shot 60.3% (38-63) from the field, 40.7% (11-27) from the three-point line and were 59.3% (16-27) from the free throw line. The Eagles shot 36.7% (22-60) from the field, 29% (9-31) from the three-point line and 66.7% (16-24) from the foul line. UC Santa Cruz's defense forced eleven turnovers by the Eagles while the Eagles' defense forced sixteen turnovers by UC Santa Cruz scoring eight points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded West Coast Baptist 49-26.
The Banana Slugs will complete their eleven-game road trip Monday night as they take on NAIA member Simpson University in Redding at 7:30 pm.