CLAREMONT, CA -- Sophomore guard Jared Ponce had 29 points on 10-17 shooting, but UC Santa Cruz fell to Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team, 89-83. Even with a late run by the Slugs, it just wasn't enough to win at Voelkel Gymnasium.
Senior guard Spencer Wells added 22 points and was 10-12 at the free throw line for the Slugs, yet the Slugs fall to 3-16. Pomona Pitzer was lead by junior guard Kyle McAndrews, with 27 points and perfect from the three-point line.
UC Santa Cruz kept the game closes in the first half (35-32). The Slugs went on a 7-0 run to pull within 73-63 with7:09 to go. As the game went on it seemed like it was a shooting contest between the Saghens guard, Kyle McAndrews and the Slugs guard, Jared Ponce. Another 7-0 run brought the Slugs within 85-81 with 1:13 left, after Ilan Zur made a clutch three-pointer. Pomona melted the clock down, enough for them to get the win.
This game was Jared Ponce's best game of the season. Along with his 29 points, he shot 75% at the Free throw line and had 4 assists. Freshmen guard Tyler Berkness scored 10 points off the bench and was perfect on his three-point and free throw attempts.
On February 1st, UC Santa Cruz will host their last home game of the season, against the La Verne Leopards. Come and celebrate senior guard Spencer Wells last home game in a Slugs uniform.
-Gil Michael Castillo