The Chapman University men’s basketball team dropped a hard-fought game to their former Division III independent rivals UC Santa Cruz on Friday night. The Panthers, led by seniors Rob Nelsen and Luke Selway, fell as the Banana Slugs had a late push to take the game 72-67.
The SCIAC rewarded freshman Reed Smith’s big week with the SCIAC Athlete of the Week honor – the first of the season for the Chapman men’s basketball team. Smith averaged a double-double in two wins last week.
An early second half surge led the Chapman University men’s basketball team to an 82-67 comeback win in its season-opener over La Sierra. Junior Reed Nakakihara poured 19 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the comeback.