IRVINE — Much like their first-year coach, the UC Irvine men's basketball team appeared a little less polished in its exhibition opener Tuesday night than it figures to be down the road.
Russ Turner, who took over the Anteaters helm from Pat Douglass after six seasons as an NBA assistant, said a wardrobe malfunction forced him to ditch the tie in his ensemble. He then witnessed some less-than-optimally-aesthetic moments from his new team.
But there was also some stylish displays from the Anteaters in a 77-52 triumph over UC San Diego, an NCAA Division II school picked to finish 11th in the California Collegiate Athletic Assn.
"My button broke," Turner said of his lack of a tie in front of 1,873 at the Bren Events Center. "It wasn't a fashion statement."
If there was any statement on the floor, it was that Turner made good on his promise for increased defensive pressure and a faster pace.