ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — UC Irvine trainer Russell Turner informed his workforce during the week that he did not need to depart any doubt that they had been the most productive workforce within the Giant West Convention this season.
On Saturday night time, the Anteaters confirmed that after which some as they ruled Cal State Fullerton 92-64 within the event ultimate. The 28-point margin is the biggest in a Giant West name sport.
“We needed to make a remark with our efficiency,” Turner mentioned. “I will say I am not shocked with the end result. You do not be expecting to return in taking pictures 60 p.c, however I assumed it used to be imaginable. We had a mature workforce anticipating an excellent efficiency.”
The Anteaters (30-Five) are headed to the NCAA Event for the second one time in class historical past. Their earlier commute used to be in 2015.
Max Hazzard and Collin Welp led UC Irvine with 23 issues apiece because it made 61.eight p.c of its photographs from the sphere.
Hazzard made 5 of UC Irvine’s 10 Three-pointers because it led for just about all the sport and used to be up via 32 halfway thru the second one part. Welp, a redshirt freshman, got here off the bench and set a occupation top in issues.
“I’ve a large number of self assurance in my talent to shoot. It felt excellent entering into early,” mentioned Hazzard, who used to be decided on because the event MVP.
Robert Cartwright and Even Leonard each and every scored 10 issues for UC Irvine, which has gained 16 immediately and is the primary Giant West faculty to succeed in 30 wins since UNLV went to the Ultimate 4 in 1990-91 and completed 34-1. It used to be 34 of 55 from the sphere, together with 10 of 14 on Three-ponters. The 71.Four p.c accuracy price on 3s is a event single-game file.
Whilst the Anteaters had been lighting fixtures it up from past the arc, Fullerton struggled. The Titans overlooked their first 8 Three-point makes an attempt, had been 2 of 13 within the first part and Five of 21 for the sport.
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Kyle Allman Jr. led the third-seeded Titans (16-17) with 16 issues and Austen Awosika added 13.
“We ran right into a buzz noticed. The way in which they shot this night, they’d have beat the Lakers. They had been in a position for his or her second,” Cal State Fullerton trainer Dedrique Taylor mentioned.
The Anteaters took keep watch over early, scoring 11 immediately issues to burst out to a 13-Four lead with 16:21 ultimate within the first part. Hazzard scored 9 issues right through the run, all on Three-pointers.
A three-pointer via Welp with 15:13 left put UC Irvine up via 12 (22-10) and stored the margin in double digits for the remainder of the sport.
The Anteaters led 42-24 at halftime and stored extending their lead.
Cal State Fullerton: The Titans gained closing 12 months’s event ultimate in opposition to Irvine, however may now not do it two years in a row. They’re Three-Three within the ultimate and feature misplaced 10 of 11 in event video games the place they’re matched up in opposition to the highest seed.
UC Irvine: The Anteaters would possibly have bragging rights as the most productive workforce in California this season. They have got probably the most wins of any of the state’s Department I groups.
Cal State Fullerton guard Khalil Ahmad scored 60 issues within the first two event video games, however he used to be held to 6 issues via UC Irvine and used to be 1 of nine from the sphere.
HE SAID IT
“I knew after Danger made the primary two (Three-pointers) that we’d be in for an extended night time. On an evening like this night, it’s their night time and also you admire it. They had been the simpler workforce this night.” — Taylor on UC Irvine.
Cal State Fullerton: There’s a risk the Titans might be invited to the Faculty Basketball Invitational.
UC Irvine: Unearths out its NCAA Event vacation spot Sunday.
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