Dec. 5, 2001
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Loyola Marymount Lions made 11 of 12 free throws in the final 1:13 to hold of the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 77-70 Wednesday night at Gersten Pavilion.
Senior guard Eruskine Robinson led LMU (4-3) with 14 of his team-high 18 points in the second half, including 10-for-10 on free throws. Kent Dennis added 17 and Robert Davis had 16, including eight of 11 free throws after halftime.
UC Santa Barbara (4-2) was led by forward Mark Hull with 27 points and Adama Ndaiye added 18 with eight rebounds.
The Gauchos, who trailed by as many as 13 points, cut the Lions' lead to 69-65 with 44 seconds left, but LMU made eight straight free throws to close out the game.
Hull almost shot UCSB back into the game down the stretch, hitting for 17 points in the second half.
Loyola Marymount outscored UCSB 29-15 from the free-throw line.
LMU led 37-26 after a first half in which both teams had trouble finding an offensive rhythm. The Lions, who shot just 28 percent from the floor in their last home game against UC Irvine, missed their first seven shots and didn't score a field goal until Andy Osborn's basket with 13:43 left in the first half. The Gauchos were similarly cold early, going just 1-for-12 from the floor in the first six minutes.