Scores

Final

UC Irvine 72

(11-7, 2-0 Big West)

UC Riverside 52

(5-11, 0-2 Big West)

    10:00 PM ET, January 11, 2014

    SRC Arena, Riverside, California

    1 2 T
    UCI 35 3772
    UCRV 23 2952

    Top Performers

    UC Irvine: M. Best 9 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Blk

    UC Riverside: T. Johns 10 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    UC Irvine blows past UC Riverside for 72-52 win

    Associated Press

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Mike Best set a pair of career-highs by grabbing nine rebounds and blocking five shots and UC Irvine beat UC Riverside 72-52 Saturday night.

    Taylor Johns hit a pair of free throws with 4:47 left in the first half to pull UC Riverside (5-11, 0-2 Big West) within 20-17, but Irvine then rattled off 13 straight points, capped by a three-point play by Best. The Anteaters never trailed again and took a 35-23 advantage into the break.

    A Chris Patton jumper just over five minutes into the second half pulled the Highlanders within ten, 45-35, but UCI gradually pulled away and led by as many as 23 late in the game.

    Luke Nelson scored 14 and Chris McNealy added 13 points for the Anteaters. Alex Young had eight assists.

    Johns finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Sam Finley scored 13 for UCR, which shot 29.6 percent.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UCI
    UCRV
    Points 72 52
    FG Made-Attempted 26-54 (.481) 16-54 (.296)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-21 (.524) 1-12 (.083)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-12 (.750) 19-24 (.792)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 11 (0/0)

    2013-14 Season

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