IRVINE — UC Irvine men's basketball coach Russell Turner declined to share what he told his players after a 73-68 Big West Conference-opening loss to visiting UC Riverside on Tuesday.
But the Anteaters surely will hope they never here such disparaging words again.
UCI (6-7) led, 49-39, with 12:13 remaining, but went the next 10:34 with only one field goal. The Highlanders (5-7) used that cold spell to not only regain their bearings, but also take control of the game.
Riverside, which came in 1-7 on the road this season, began its comeback with an 8-0 spurt that turned into a 16-2 run. And the visitors never trailed again.
UCI made just eight of 30 field-goal attempts after intermission (21.4%) to lose for the third straight time against the Highlanders.
The Anteaters finished seven of 24 from three-point range, including just three of 14 after the break, and were outrebounded, 52-37.