IRVINE — UC Irvine men's basketball coach Russell Turner said his game plan called for speeding the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs up in order to slow them down.
It made sense the way he explained it. But it was clear, once again, after UCI dropped its fifth straight Big West men's basketball game Thursday at the Bren Events Center, that the Anteaters are anything but in rhythm.
Cal Poly had just seven turnovers in its 80-71 triumph Thursday, to 11 for UCI.
The Anteaters won the turnover battle, 15-8, in their 65-53 win in San Luis Obispo less than a month ago.
That first-round victory over the Mustangs initiated a three-game conference winning streak.
But things have gone south for UCI since. The Anteaters (10-15, 3-8 in conference), remain tied with UC Davis for last place in the nine-team Big West Conference.