By Gil Michael Castillo - SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2013)


The UC Santa Cruz men’s basketball team lost to the St. Vincent Bearcats 61-52 in the championship game of the Hilton Slugs Tournament, played at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

The physical and emotional championship game had the teams tied 24-24 at the half. ST Vincent came out hut in the 2nd half with a 10-0 run. The Slugs responded,  cutting St. Vincent’s lead to one point with 2:37 remaining, but St. Vincent closed out the game on an 8-0 run complete a 61-52 victory. 

Austin Steadman lead the Slugs in both rebounds and points with a double-
double for a the second straight game. Austin had 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Matthew Ponce lead the team with 5 assist, and Spencer Wells was perfect from the free throw line, going 10 for 10 to help the Slugs get close in the game. 

The loss puts the Slugs in (2-2) on the season, and ends their two game winning streak. This meeting between the Slugs and Bearcats was the first-ever meeting, with both programs being more than 2,400 miles apart.

Photo by Thomas Longwood