Banana Slugs hold off Pomona-Pitzer 71-67

Banana Slugs hold off Pomona-Pitzer 71-67

SANTA CRUZ - Kyle Creighton scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the second half as UC Santa Cruz came back to beat  Pomona-Pitzer 71-67 Sunday afternoon.

UCSC improved to 2-1 on the year after sweeping their two games this weekend. Pomona-Pitzer fell to 0-2.

In a back-and-forth first half, Pomona held a 35-33 lead at the break. After Rex Bodia gave Pomona a 39-34 lead on a layup with 17:09 left, UCSC went on a 17-4 run, punctuated by Sam Gabbard's three-pointer to beat the shot-clock buzzer. That gave the Slugs their biggest lead at that point , 51-43, and the Sagehens never had the lead again.

The Sagehens fought to keep it close, and after Daniel Rosenbaum hit a free-throw with :38 seconds left  it was a two-point game.

UC Santa Cruz beat the Sagehens trap, and Adam Marlow fed Tre Weston for a layup and foul. The resulting free-throw made it a five-point game again at 67-62 with :31 seconds left.

The Slugs essentially iced the game when Creighton had a block with :08 left and Gabbard got the rebound, was fouled and converted the free throws.

The Banana Slugs struggled on the line in the first half, but went 6-6 from the line in the final 2:17 to squelch any Pomona comeback hopes.

Creighton finished with three of the team's seven blocks. Corey Cilia added 17 points off the bench. Weston finished with his second double double-of the weekend with 11 points and 12 rebounds. "It was great team win today," said Weston after the game. "Everyone battled, even some of the freshman came in and played well. I dedicate this to all our teammates right now."

"I'm proud of our team," said Marlow, who finished with seven assists to become the third Slug ever with over 300 in his career. "We stuck together, played well and fought it out."

UCSC plays again next weekend when they host Willamette and Pacific Lutheran in the UCSC Thanksgiving Classic at KP Arena.