UC Irvine among nation’s hottest teams in NCAA field
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — UC Irvine is out to prove that it is more than a team with one of college basketball's most unusual mascots.
The Anteaters, who face Kansas State on Friday in San Jose,...
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...
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.
UC Irvine looks to extend streak vs CSUN
Cal State Northridge (13-18, 7-8) vs. UC Irvine (26-5, 14-1)
Bren Events Center, Irvine, California; Saturday, 10:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: UC Irvine looks for its 10th straight win in...
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 looks for road win vs Cal Poly
UC Irvine (25-5, 13-1) vs. Cal Poly (6-21, 2-12)
Robert A. Mott Gym, San Luis Obispo, California; Thursday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: UC Irvine looks for its fifth straight win over Cal...
UC Irvine looks to extend streak vs UC Riverside
UC Irvine (24-5, 12-1) vs. UC Riverside (9-20, 3-10)
Student Recreation Center, Riverside, California; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: UC Irvine looks for its 10th straight win in...
UC Irvine looks to extend streak vs UC Davis
UC Irvine (23-5, 11-1) vs. UC Davis (10-16, 6-6)
The Pavilion, Davis, California; Thursday, 11 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: UC Irvine looks for its 10th straight conference win against UC...
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.
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).
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 stays atop Big West, beats UC Riverside 82-64
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Senior Elston Jones scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds to help UC Irvine beat UC Riverside 82-64 on Saturday night.
Max Hazzard and Jonathan Galloway added 11 points each and Tommy Rutherford scored 10 for the Anteaters (17-5, 5-1 Big West), who stayed atop the conference standings.
Galloway had 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
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.
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.
Max Hazzard hits 10 3s to help UC Irvine set program record
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Max Hazzard set career marks Saturday night with 10 3-pointers and 32 points and UC Irvine had a program-record 18 3-pointers in an 86-52 rout of Denver.
Hazzard opened the game with three straight 3-pointers and added another after Jonathan Galloway's layup to give UC Irvine a 14-0 lead. Hazzard had already surpassed his career bests with seven 3-pointers and 23 points in the first half when the Anteaters (10-2) built a 47-16 lead.
Sanford scores 18 points, Toledo beats UC Irvine 67-60
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Jaelan Sanford scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Toledo beat UC Irvine 67-60 on Wednesday night.
Sanford was 8 of 15 from the field for the Rockets (5-1). Luke Knapke added 17 points, six rebounds and three assists.
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.
Worku’s jumper with 6.4 left helps UC Irvine beat Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Before the UC Irvine men's basketball team headed across the street to attend Texas A&M's Midnight Yell Practice, the Anteaters made their own noise with a second-half rally that beat the Aggies 74-73 on Friday night.
Eyassu Worku quieted the crowd as he scored on a falling 12-footer with 6.4 seconds remaining that lifted UC Irvine to its second consecutive comeback victory.
Worku scores 18 to help UC Irvine beat Idaho 86-68 in opener
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Eyassu Worku had 18 points, on 8-of-12 shooting, and six assists to help UC Irvine beat Idaho 86-68 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.
John Edgar Jr. added 14 points and Max Hazzard scored 11 for UCI.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Reserves Max Hazzard and Elston Jones combined to score 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting and UC Irvine held UC Santa Barbara without a field goal for the final five-plus minutes to beat the Gauchos 61-58 on Friday night in the Big West Conference Tournament.
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 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.
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.
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).
UC Davis downs UC Irvine 64-53 in Big West opener
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — TJ Shorts II scored 22 points and Chima Moneke added 20 with 13 rebounds and UC Davis pulled away from UC Irvine for a 64-53 win in a Big West Conference opener Thursday night.
Moneke tied the game at 40-all with a layup, and that started UC Davis on a 16-3 run that lasted almost six minutes. Moneke added a 3, a jumper and a free throw during that span. UC Davis (10-5) led 31-30 at halftime. Siler Schneider scored 10 for the Aggies.
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.
UT Rio Grande Valley rallies late to beat UC Irvine 73-59
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Nick Dixon scored 23 points with five rebounds, four assists and four steals as UT Rio Grande Valley rallied in the final nine minutes to beat UC Irvine 73-59 on Saturday night.
Dan Kimasa added 12 points for the Vaqueros (6-6) who trailed by 11 at intermission before outscoring UC Irvine 46-21 in the second half.
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 beats winless NAU 77-71 in Las Vegas Invitational
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eyassu Worku scored 13 points, Max Hazzard added 12 and UC Irvine beat winless Northern Arizona 77-71 on Friday in the Las Vegas Invitational.
Tommy Rutherford scored four quick points to give UC Irvine a 68-61 lead with 2:24 left in the game, but NAU answered with a 7-2 run. Rutherford had another dunk and Worku scored the next four points to extend the Anteaters' lead to 76-68 with six seconds remaining.