UC Irvine meets Oregon in Second Round
No. 13 seed UC Irvine (31-5) vs. No. 12 seed Oregon (24-12)
NCAA Tournament Second Round, SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California; Sunday, 8:40 p.m. EDT
No. 13 seed UC Irvine upsets Kansas State 70-64
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — When it comes to college basketball in California, UC Irvine is low on the totem pole.
Now the program that sometimes feels like a little brother to Pac-12 powers...
Cartwright leads UC Irvine past Long Beach St. 75-67
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Robert Cartwright had 17 points to lead five UC Irvine players in double figures as the Anteaters defeated Long Beach State 75-67 in the semifinals of the Big West...
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
Leonard lifts UC Irvine over CSU Northridge 86-74
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Evan Leonard had 17 points as UC Irvine extended its win streak to 13 games, beating Cal State Northridge 86-74 on Saturday night.
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.
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Elston Jones had 12 points and 12 rebounds off the bench to lift UC Irvine to a 64-48 win over UC Davis on Thursday night, the Anteaters' 10th straight victory.
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.
Jones carries UC Irvine over Hawaii 67-56
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Elston Jones had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead UC Irvine to a 67-56 win over Hawaii on Saturday night, the Anteaters' seventh straight victory.
Max Hazzard had 13 points for UC Irvine (21-5, 9-1 Big West Conference). Jonathan Galloway added 13 rebounds. Eyassu Worku had seven assists for the home team.
Evan Leonard, whose 11 points per game heading into the contest was second on the Anteaters, scored 3 points. He shot 20 percent from 3-point range (1 of 5).
Leonard, Rutherford help UC Irvine beat Long Beach St. 82-80
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Evan Leonard hit 3 of 4 from 3-point range and scored 18 points and Tommy Rutherford made a baby hook with 2.4 seconds left to help UC Irvine beat Long Beach State 82-80 on Saturday night.
Eyassu Worku added 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Rutherford finished with 13 and two blocks for UCI (19-5, 7-1 Big West). The Anteaters have won five in a row and eight of their last nine.
Hazzard hits winner in OT, UC Irvine tops Hawaii 75-74
HONOLULU (AP) — Evan Leonard scored 17 points, Max Hazzard hit a game-winning shot with 9.2 seconds left in overtime and UC Irvine beat Hawaii 75-74 on Wednesday night.
Booker helps Long Beach St down UC Irvine with 28 points
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Deishuan Booker scored 28 points and distributed six assists and Long Beach State beat UC Irvine 80-70 on Wednesday night.
Booker made a pair of free throws to tie it at 56-all and that started a 9-0 run that ended with Booker's layup with five minutes left. Booker made 15 of 16 foul shots and the 49ers finished 23 of 27 from the line.
Leonard scores 22; UC Irvine beats UC Davis 71-69 in OT
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Evan Leonard scored five of his 22 points in the final 1:42 and Max Hazzard finished with 15 points to help UC Irvine beat UC Davis 71-69 in overtime Thursday night in the Big West Conference opener for both teams.
Tommy Rutherford fouled out with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 22 minutes for UCI (13-4).
UC Irvine jumps out early, beats UT Rio Grande Valley 85-74
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Max Hazzard scored 15 of his 23 points in the first half as UC Irvine jumped out early and cruised to an 85-74 victory over UT Rio Grande Valley on Thursday night.
The Anteaters opened on a 14-1 run, built a 36-19 halftime lead and led by 20 points with about five minutes left. Hazzard hit four 3-pointers in the first half and finished 6 of 7 from distance.
Sanni, Gallinat help Pacific beat UC Irvine 84-75 in OT
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Ajare Sanni scored 10 of his 23 points after regulation and Roberto Gallinat added 20 points to help Pacific beat UC Irvine 84-75 in overtime on Saturday night.
Sanni was 8-of-16 shooting, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and Gallinat made 15 of 18 from the free-throw line. Jahlil Tripp added 10 points and seven rebounds for Pacific (10-5). The Tigers have won five of their last six.
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.
Leonard, defense lead UC Irvine to 60-51 win over Montana
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Evan Leonard made 5 of 7 from 3-point range and finished with 18 points and three steals to help UC Irvine beat Montana 60-51 on Saturday night.
Rutherford leads UC Irvine to ninth straight road win
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Tommy Rutherford scored 14 points including a basket in the final minute for what proved to be the winning points and UC Irvine defeated California Baptist 69-66 on Wednesday night.
Rutherford's right-handed hook with 48 seconds left put the Anteaters up 68-65. Jordan Heading made 1 of 2 free throws for the Lancers (4-5) and Robert Cartwright did the same for UC Irvine before the Lancers missed two 3-pointers in the final six seconds.
Hazzard’s jumper lifts UC Irvine over Hawaii 68-67
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Evan Leonard scored 24 points, Max Hazzard added 15, including the game-winning jumper with seven seconds left, and UC Irvine rallied to beat Hawaii in Thursday night's Big West Conference Tournament quarterfinal.
The third-seeded Anteaters advance to a Friday semifinal.
UC Davis beats UC Irvine in 2OT, win Big West title
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — TJ Shorts II scored 21 points with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals and AJ John added a career-high 20 points — including six 3-pointers — and nine rebounds to help UC Davis slip past UC Irvine 90-84 in double overtime on Saturday night to win the Big West Conference regular-season title.
Edgar Jr., Rutherford help UC Irvine beat Hawaii 66-57
HONOLULU (AP) — Evan Leonard had 19 points and John Edgar Jr. scored nine of his 14 points in the second half to help UC Irvine pull away late for a 66-57 win over Hawaii on Saturday night.
Leonard made 6 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range and Edgar grabbed eight rebounds. Tommy Rutherford added 12 points for Irvine (16-15, 11-4 Big West).
UC Irvine routs UC Santa Barbara 69-49 in Big West showdown
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Max Hazzard knocked down four 3-pointers and scored 16 and UC Irvine earned a wire-to-wire 69-49 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Thursday night to take over first place in the Big West Conference.
Evan Leonard scored 13 and Eyassu Worku added 11 points and five assists for the Anteaters (15-15, 10-4), who moved a half-game in front of the Gauchos (20-7, 9-4) and UC Davis in the conference race.
Edgar Jr., Leonard score 21 apiece; UC Irvine beats Cal Poly
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — John Edgar Jr. and Evan Leonard scored 21 points apiece to help UC Irvine beat Cal Poly 75-58 on Saturday night.
Edgar made 9 of 14 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds, while Leonard made three 3-pointers and finished 7-of-13 shooting overall. Eyassu Worku added 10 points and eight assists for UC Irvine (14-15, 9-4 Big West). The Anteaters remain tied with UC Davis for second in the conference standings, a half-game behind UC Santa Barbara.
Hawaii outlasts UC Irvine 62-61
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Gibson Johnson and Sheriff Drammeh scored 13 apiece and Michael Thomas hit four free throws in the final 41 seconds to help Hawaii cool off UC Irvine 62-61 on Thursday night, ending the Anteaters' five-game win streak.
UC Irvine downs UC Riverside 62-52 behind Leonard’s 18 PTs
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Evan Leonard scored 18 points and Tommy Rutherford scored 15 and UC Irvine beat UC Riverside 62-52 on Saturday night.
Eyassu Worku added 10 points and Jonathan Galloway grabbed 11 rebounds for the Anteaters (13-14, 8-3 Big West).
UC Irvine sprinted to a 10-2 lead before the Highlanders countered with an 11-1 run when Chance Murray made a pair of 3-pointers and a jump shot. The Anteaters responded with a 9-0 run and led the rest of the way.
Rutherford, UC Irvine cruise past CSU Northridge, 77-56
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Tommy Rutherford scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and UC Irvine picked up its sixth win in its last seven games, cruising past CSU Northridge, 77-56 in a Big West Conference battle Wednesday night.
The victory was the Anteaters eighth straight win over the Matadors.
Rutherford, Leonard lead UC Irvine past CS Fullerton, 63-58
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Tommy Rutherford scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Evan Leonard had 14 points, six rebounds, seven assists and two steals on Saturday night to help UC Irvine beat Cal State Fullerton 63-58.
Eyassu Worku added 12 points for UC Irvine (11-14, 6-3 Big West). The Anteaters have won three in a row and five of their last six.
UC Irvine controls UC Riverside in commanding 79-40 win
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Tommy Rutherford scored 15 points with 10 rebounds, Jonathan Galloway scored 10 points and tied a career-high with 14 rebounds and UC Irvine beat UC Riverside 79-40 on Wednesday night.
It's the third time in Galloway's career he's reached 14 rebounds and Rutherford's third career double-double. UC Irvine (9-14, 4-3 Big West) had a 55-30 rebounding edge.
UC Irvine fends off late Cal Poly rally in 80-73 win
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Tommy Rutherford scored 20 points, leading four into double figures, as UC Irvine held off a second-half rally to defeat Cal Poly 80-73 Thursday night.
The Anteaters (8-13, 3-2 Big West) led by as many as 20 in the second half only to see Cal Poly whittle that down to seven points. But by that time, only 36 seconds remained and Evan Leonard sank a pair of free throws.
Leonard powers UC Irvine past CSU Northridge 71-54
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Evan Leonard scored 20 points with 8-for-14 shooting to lead UC Irvine to a 71-54 win over Cal State Northridge on Saturday night.
Max Hazzard added 14 points, Eyassu Worku had 10 and Jonathan Galloway chipped in eight points while grabbing nine rebounds for Irvine (7-13, 2-2 Big West). The Anteaters dominated the glass 42-23 and never trailed.
Rowe, CS Fullerton beat UC Irvine 67-64
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Jackson Rowe had 14 points and eight rebounds and Kyle Allman Jr. scored 13 points to help CS Fullerton beat UC Irvine 67-64 on Thursday night.
Austin Awosika added 11 points and Khalil Ahmad scored 10 for Fullerton (10-5, 3-0 Big West).
Allman scored six points as the Titans closed the game on a 14-6 run despite missing five of their final six field-goal attempts. The Anteaters made just 3 of 11 and committed four turnovers during that span.
Leonard, Worku help UC Irvine beat Long Beach St. 86-73
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Evan Leonard hit five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points — both career highs — and Eyassu Worku added 20 points and six assists to help UC Irvine beat Long Beach State 86-73 on Saturday night.
John Edgar Jr. had career highs with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Max Hazzard scored 14 points for Irvine (6-12, 1-1 Big West).
Lofton carries New Mexico State past UC Irvine, 65-60
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Zach Lofton hit 6 of 8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes to preserve New Mexico State's 65-60 win over UC Irvine on Thursday night.
The victory caps a nine-game road trip that included a 63-54 win over then-No. 6 Miami that was the Hurricanes first loss of the season. It was the Aggies first win over a ranked opponent since 2007.
New Mexico State now heads into Western Athletic Conference play at Chicago State on January 6.
UC Irvine beats Idaho 67-59 behind Leonard’s 20 points
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Evan Leonard scored a career-high 20 points, Jonathan Galloway grabbed 13 rebounds, and UC Irvine pulled away late to beat Idaho 67-59 in Thursday night's Holiday Hoops Classic.
Akoh with career-high 23; Montana beats UC Irvine 86-68
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jamar Akoh had a career-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds and Montana stayed perfect at home with an 86-68 win over UC Irvine on Tuesday night.
Michael Oguine added 16 points and Timmy Falls scored 14 for the Grizzlies (7-4), who improved to 5-0 on their home court.
Saint Mary’s stays strong down stretch, tops UC Irvine 73-66
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Jock Landale had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Calvin Hermanson and Emmett Naar scored 15 each and Saint Mary's beat UC Irvine 73-66 on Saturday night.
The Gaels (9-2) pulled away with a 6-0 run capped by Landale's dunk to make it 65-56 with 4:54 left.
McEwen makes late FTs, helps Utah State beat UC Irvine 62-59
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 13 points, and Koby McEwen made a pair of free throws with five seconds left to help Utah State beat UC Irvine 62-59 on Wednesday night.
Tommy Rutherford's 3-point shot for UC Irvine rimmed out at the buzzer.
Quinn Taylor made a 3-pointer, McEwen a free throw and Merrill a jumper and Utah State led 60-55 with 3:34 left. UC Irvine shot 4 of 6 from the line to pull to 60-59 with 24 seconds left before McEwen's free throws.
UC Irvine has 6 reach double figures, beats Whittier 112-65
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Evan Leonard and Tommy Rutherford scored 16 points apiece to lead six UC Irvine players in double figures and help the Anteaters beat Division III Whittier 112-65 on Wednesday night.
Eyassu Worku had 14 points and seven assists, John Edgar Jr. scored 12 points and Justin Wertner and Darrian Traylor added 11 apiece for UC Irvine (4-5). The Anteaters, who came in averaging 72.1 points per game with a previous season high of 91, shot 62 percent (41 of 66) from the field.
UC Irvine cruises to 83-69 win over Denver
DENVER (AP) — Evan Leonard had 19 points to lead five UC Irvine players in double figures for an 83-69 win over Denver on Sunday.
Eyassu Worku scored 12 points for UC Irvine (1-1), while Tommy Rutherford, John Edgar Jr. and Justin Wertner each had 10. Rutherford also hauled in 11 rebounds to get his second career double-double.
South Dakota State stifles UC Irvine in 65-54 win
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — David Jenkins Jr. scored 16 points, Mike Daum and Reed Tellinghuisen each had 12 points, and South Dakota State pulled away from UC Irvine 65-54 Friday night.
Daum made a 3 and a layup with 12:18 to go during a 17-8 Jackrabbits run to break a 31-all score. Eyassu Worku, Elston Jones and Evan Leonard made layups to bring UC Irvine within 49-47, but Tellinghuisen and Daum made back-to-back 3s.
UC Irvine beats Cal Poly 70-48 to stay unbeaten in Big West
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Ioannis Dimakopoulos scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and UC Irvine beat Cal Poly 70-48 on Wednesday to win its seventh straight and remain undefeated in Big West Conference play.
Tommy Rutherford added 11 points for the Anteaters (12-9, 5-0), who shot 47.1 percent from the floor (24 of 51) and held Cal Poly to 24.1 percent.
UC Irvine beats UTEP 62-57 behind Martin’s 22 points
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Jaron Martin scored 22 points, 17 in the second half, to lead UC Irvine over UTEP 62-57 in the consolation game of the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational on Thursday.
Martin was 7-of-11 shooting, including 6 of 10 from the arc. He made four 3-pointers early in the second half with the fourth giving the Anteaters a six-point lead with 15:36 remaining, and UC Irvine stayed in front thereafter.