THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Riggs Yarbro's layup with three seconds left gave the visiting Puget Sound men's basketball team a 63-61 win over Cal Lutheran on Friday. Yarbro scored a game-high 20 points to help the Loggers (3-5) overcame a 13-point halftime deficit and get their first road win.
In addition to Yarbro's 20 points, he grabbed seven rebounds but it was Gabe Borboa who led the effort on the glass with nine boards. Borboa keyed quite an effort in the paint as the Loggers pulled down 50 rebounds compared the host Kingsmen's 29 rebounds.
The Loggers trailed by as many as 14 in the first half and trailed by 13 at the break. However, Yarbro and Rex Holmes combined for 25 points in the second half to bring the Loggers al the way back. Holmes scored 13 of his 15 points in the final 20 minutes to lead the comeback.
Down 38-25 at halftime, Yarbro opened the second half with a lay-in within he first 10 seconds of the half to spark a 12-4 that saw the lead dwindle to just five points in the first five minutes. The Loggers cut the lead to one point in a free throw on a Nick Holden with 11:40 remaining. After a couple of defensive stops, Kohl Meyer drained a three-pointer to give the Loggers the 47-45 lead with just over 11 minutes left.
Over the next two minutes, the Kingsmen used six free throws to regain a 51-49 lead. A Yarbro layup and a three-pointer from Holmes later gave the Loggers their largest lead of the nigh at 56-51.
The Kingsmen would take their turn to fight back and tied the game on a layup from Collin Knudsen with 3:35 remaining in the game. Jayvaughn Nettles led a trio of Kingsmen in double digits with 15 points while Jeremy Sulker-Hall added 14 in the effort for the Kingsmen.
The teams traded baskets after Knudsen's layup, setting up a 61-61 tie with just over 30 seconds left. The Loggers ensuing possession ended with a the deciding layup from Yarbro and the Knigmen's last second three-point attempt was no good as the Loggers took away the win.
The Loggers will look to keep their momentum going tomorrow when they head over to Caltech in Pasadena, Calif. for a 3 p.m. tip-off.