Gabbard receives Association of Division III Independents men’s basketball Student-Athlete of the Month award

Gabbard receives Association of Division III Independents men’s basketball Student-Athlete of the Month award

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – UC Santa Cruz senior forward Sam Gabbard (Vacaville, Calif.) has been named the Association of Division III Independents men's basketball Student-Athlete of the Month for January. Gabbard averaged 23.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game as the Banana Slugs went 5-1 during the month. The senior scored in double figures in all six games and had three double-doubles. The forward had a month-high 31 points on 11-of-16 shooting with 13 rebounds against Bethesda on January 17th. Gabbard also posted 30 points, 12 rebounds and hit the game-winning three in a victory at Cal Maritime on January 23rd. The three-time Player of the Week during the month led the Banana Slugs in scoring in five of six games during the month and is second in the Association with 21.5 points per game.