IRVINE — There can come a point when the prevalence of losing gives a team nothing to lose. UC Irvine senior guard Darren Moore said Coach Russell Turner told his Anteaters as much heading into Saturday's Big West Conference home game against UC Santa Barbara.
"Coach Turner told us from the jump, to come out here and play as hard as we can," Moore said after the Anteaters procured a 66-63 win to snap a five-game losing streak, the team's longest of the season. "He didn't want us to worry about anything — the standings, the TV [regional telecast on Fox Sports West], anything. He just wanted us to come out and play hard. We didn't have anything to lose, so why not?"
The 'Eaters (11-15, 4-8 in conference) used an attacking offense, a gimmick defense, and noteworthy performances by Moore and senior point guard Patrick Rembert to come away with their first victory in 21 days in front of 3,354 at the Bren Events Center. UCI moves one game ahead of last-place UC Davis.