SANTA CRUZ, CA –The Santa Cruz Warriors (15-5) held the Iowa Wolves (7-14) to season-low scoring outputs in the first and fourth quarters to power a 97-77 win tonight. Santa Cruz secured back-to-back wins over Iowa after a 107-105 win Thursday night thanks to Kendrick Nunn’s game-winning bucket with 7.7 seconds remaining.
Warriors two-way forward Marcus Derrickson scored a game-high 25 points, including a career-best 8-of-11 from the free throw line, to go with seven rebounds. Warriors guard Will Cherry logged 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals, and two-way guard Damion Lee collected 15 points and six rebounds tonight.
The Iowa Wolves had two players in double figures tonight; reserve guard Darius Johnson-Odom with 21 points and forward William Lee’s 12 points. Lee also had 11 rebounds to give him consecutive double-doubles against the Sea Dubs.
Santa Cruz held Iowa to just 14 first quarter points tonight, a result of forcing eight Wolves turnovers and a 10-0 free throw disparity. Johnson-Odom’s 15 second quarter points kept Iowa alive, but Derrickson’s 16 first half points, including nine in the second, gave Santa Cruz a 50-42 halftime lead.
Holding on to a 71-64 advantage heading into the fourth quarter, Santa Cruz held Iowa to a season-low 13 fourth quarter points to secure the win. The Warriors held a 59-37 rebounding advantage tonight and forced 26 Iowa fouls to shoot a season-high 38 free throw attempts, making 28 of them.
The Warriors will now return to Santa Cruz for a home game this Sunday, December 30 against the Northern Arizona Suns at Kaiser Permanente Arena at 6:00 p.m. For information on tickets for Sunday and for all Warriors home games, visit santacruzbasketball.com or call (831) 713-4400.