ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — UC Irvine coach Russell Turner told his team throughout the week that he didn't want to leave any doubt that they were the best team in the Big West Conference this...
Long Beach St. faces UC Irvine in Big West semis
Long Beach State (15-18, 9-8) vs. UC Irvine (28-5, 16-1)
Big West Conference Tourney Semifinals, Honda Center, Anaheim, California; Friday, 11 p.m. EDT
UC Irvine beats UC Riverside 63-44 in Big West tourney
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Collin Welp came off the bench to score 15 points and lead UC Irvine to a 63-44 win over UC Riverside in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament on Thursday...
UC Riverside meets UC Irvine in Big West quarters
No. 8 seed UC Riverside (10-22, 4-12) vs. No. 1 seed UC Irvine (27-5, 15-1)
Big West Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Honda Center, Anaheim, California; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
Welp, Leonard lead UC Irvine past Cal Poly 110-72
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Collin Welp had 19 points as UC Irvine won its 12th consecutive game, romping past Cal Poly 110-72 on Thursday night.
UC Irvine beats Cal Poly 74-47
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — onathan Galloway had 14 points and Max Hazzard posted 14 points as UC Irvine won its ninth straight game, easily beating Cal Poly 74-47 on Thursday night.
Leonard lifts UC Irvine past UC Santa Barbara 83-70
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Evan Leonard had a season-high 23 points as UC Irvine stretched its win streak to eight games, beating UC Santa Barbara 83-70 on Saturday night.
Jonathan Galloway had 14 points and 11 rebounds for UC Irvine (22-5, 10-1 Big West Conference). Collin Welp added 12 points. Max Hazzard had 10 points for the hosts.
Max Heidegger had 17 points for the Gauchos (17-8, 6-5). Amadou Sow added 12 points. Devearl Ramsey had 11 points and six rebounds.
UC Irvine wins 6th straight, beats Cal State Fullerton 60-53
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Max Hazzard scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half to help UC Irvine pull away and beat Cal State Fullerton 60-53 on Wednesday night for its sixth straight win.
It is the earliest an Anteaters (20-5, 8-1 Big West Conference) squad has reached the 20-win mark. It's the best start in coach Russell Turner's nine seasons, and the best since the 2000-01 team opened 21-3.
Hazzard was 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Jonathan Galloway added 14 points and 11 rebounds for UC Irvine.
Hazzard sparks Irvine to 66-62 OT win over Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Max Hazzard scored eight of his 15 points in overtime and Jonathan Galloway had three critical plays in the last 2:17 and UC Irvine outlasted UC Santa Barbara 66-62 on Thursday night in a battle for first place in the Big West Conference.
UC Irvine smothers CSU Fullerton, 63-46
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Collin Welp had 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in just 14 minutes and Tommy Rutherford scored 10 to help UC Irvine beat CSU Fullerton 63-46 on Saturday night for its third consecutive win.
Jonathan Galloway had 11 rebounds and two blocks for UCI (14-4, 2-0 Big West).
Welp, Cartwright help UCI beat Eastern Michigan 52-48
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Freshman Collin Welp had his first double-double and Robert Cartwright hit a 3-pointer with 11.3 seconds left to help UC Irvine beat Eastern Michigan 52-48 on Wednesday night.
Welp finished with 11 points and a season-high 10 rebounds, Max Hazzard scored 14 points and Evan Leonard added 10 for UCI. The Anteaters (11-2) have won 10 consecutive road games — tied with Virginia for the longest active streak in Division I.
UC Irvine beats Tulane 67-55 in Gulf Coast Showcase
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Collin Welp tied his career high with 15 points, Elston Jones had 10 points and nine rebounds and UC Irvine beat Tulane 67-55 on Tuesday in the Gulf Coast Showcase.
The Anteaters made their first 11 shots of the second half, breaking a tie at 36 at the start of a 13-1 run, with eight points from Welp, for a 49-37 lead. UC Irvine was 12 of 15 at one point and finished the half at 13 of 21.
UC Irvine beats Santa Clara 61-49
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Collin Welp scored 12, Eyassu Worku and Max Hazzard added 11 points each, and UC Irvine used a second-half surge to beat Santa Clara 61-49 on Thursday night.
The Anteaters (4-0) trailed by five early in the second half before taking control with a 19-3 run to lead 46-35 on Jonathan Galloway's layup with 7:19 left in the game. The Broncos (0-2) got the deficit no closer than eight from there.
UC Irvine uses a 46-20 start to rout Life Pacific, 87-53
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Collin Welp and Robert Cartwright each scored 15 points and UC Irvine built a 26-point halftime lead and cruised to an 87-53 rout of NAIA Life Pacific on Monday night to win its third straight game to start the season.
Welp, the redshirt freshman son of former University of Washington Pac-10 Player of the Year Christian Welp, came off the bench to hit 6 of 9 shots from the field, including a 3-pointer, grab eight rebounds and collect a pair of steals.