IRVINE — Its close proximity to the blue Pacific is a recruiting advantage for the UC Irvine men’s basketball program. But a more meaningful advantage was gained by the black-and-orange-clad University of the Pacific at the Bren Events Center Thursday night.
The visiting Tigers’ physical defense came at the hosts in waves, helped frustrate the Anteaters, most notably their sophomore star Eric Wise, in Pacific’s 61-50 Big West Conference triumph in front of 995.
UCI’s point total was its lowest since its 89-42 trouncing at Texas on Nov. 15, a span of 19 games.
Likewise, Wise struggled to be productive. The 6-foot-5 standout, who came in leading his team in scoring, rebounding and assists, made just three of 11 field-goal tries on his way to nine points, about half of his average.