IRVINE, Calif. (AP) –– Alex Young and Luke Nelson each scored 11 points and 11 Anteaters scored as UC Irvine routed UC Santa Barbara, 77-55, to win its sixth straight Saturday night.
UC Irvine (13-8, 6-1 Big West) now has won 33 of its past 40 games in the Bren Events Center and has won 146 of its 200 games there since February 2000.READ MORE: NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Continues To Advocate For COVID-19 Vaccines
The Anteaters shot 50.9 percent from the field (27 for 53) and just as well from deep (11 of 22) and the free throw line (12-13).READ MORE: NLCS Game 5 Preview: It's Do-Or-Die For Dodgers Baseball
Irvine won the rebounding battle, pulling down 37 boards — nine more than the Gauchos.
The Anteaters maintain a share of first-place in the Big West with Long Beach State, which knocked off Hawaii 65-50, and UC Davis, which survived against Cal Poly in overtime, 81-78.MORE NEWS: Police Searching For Suspect Who Set Homeless Man On Fire As He Slept In Santa Monica's Ozone Park
Santa Barbara (10-11, 3-4) got 12 points from John Green, while Sam Beeler and Gabe Vincent added 11 and 10 points, respectively.