IRVINE — Without a home victory in three previous Big West Conference games this season and only two wins over Division I programs in the Bren Events Center, the UC Irvine student rooting section can be forgiven for lacking the inspiration and, perhaps, the opportunity to storm the court following Saturday's 65-57 triumph over conference rival UC Riverside.
So, after earning their first Big West Conference home win in a little more than 11 months, Anteaters players took it upon themselves to storm the crowd.
UCI players, in single file, ran around in the isle between the stands and the court after the final buzzer to accept and deliver congratulations to some of the season-high 4,382 homecoming crowd.
"That's just us," junior point guard Derick Flowers said of the impromptu interactive celebration that he helped create by scoring a team-high 17 points and draining seven of eight three-throw attempts in the final 62 seconds. "We're the clowns of the school. We like to have fun."