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By Barry Faulkner | January 11, 2014
RIVERSIDE - Just because UC Irvine men's basketball coach Russell Turner elected not to play starting big men Will Davis and Mamadou Ndiaye didn't mean the Anteaters gave anything less than their "Best" effort Saturday night. Mike Best, a 6-foot- 10 sophomore who along with 6-10 junior John Ryan replaced the aforementioned standouts in the starting lineup for the first time all season, had nine points, nine rebounds and five blocks to help the visiting Anteaters handle UC Riverside, 72-52, in a Big West Conference clash at the Student Recreation Center.
By Barry Faulkner | January 10, 2014
LONG BEACH — The Big West Conference championship torch wasn't exactly passed Thursday night, but the UC Irvine men's basketball team effectively nudged it from its familiar resting place at the Walter Pyramid. UCI held on for a 46-44 conference-opening victory over host Long Beach State, which has captured the previous three Big West regular-season titles. Mamadou Ndiaye, UCI's 7-foot-6 center dunked an entry pass from Travis Souza with 2:07 left to put UCI up, 45-42, and sophomore Mike Best sank the first of a one-and-one free-throw situation with nine seconds remaining to give the visitors (10-7)
November 16, 2013
MEN'S SOCCER UC Irvine 2, UC Davis 0 Seniors Enrique Cardenas and Christopher Santana scored goals for the host Anteaters in the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament. The Anteaters (13-4-2), champions of the Big West South Division, will meet South Division runner-up Cal State Northridge (15-5-1) in the tournament final on Sunday at 2 p.m. at UCI. Cardenas converted a Thomas Janjigian corner kick in the 12th minute to open the scoring and Santana got an assist from Trey Hayes in the 85th minute.
November 14, 2013
UC Irvine seniors Enrique Cardenas and Marco Franco have been named Big West Conference Midfielder and Defender of the Year to top four Anteaters recognized on the coach's all-conference selections. Cardenas and Franco are first-team honorees for the first time, though Franco was a second-team choice in 2011 and received honorable mention in 2012. Christopher Santana, a senior forward, represents UCI on the second team, while defender Michael Sperber is on the All-Freshman team.
November 10, 2013
UC Irvine's Isaiah Thompson has been named Big West Conference Freshman of the Year in men's cross country. Thompson was UCI's top runner and the first freshman finisher at the Big West Championship Nov. 2, finishing 13th by completing the 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes, 3.9 seconds at the Fairbanks Memorial Cross Country Course in San Luis Obispo. He placed 15th at the Highlander Invitational on Oct. 19 and 21st at the Mustang Challenge Division I Invite on Sept. 21. "I'm very happy for Isaiah," UCI Coach Vince O'Boyle said.
By Barry Faulkner | November 10, 2013
By winning its fourth Big West Conference regular-season title in six years, the UC Irvine men's soccer team officially rendered the 2012 season the anomaly Coach George Kuntz believed it to be all along. Championship play, including three conference tournament titles and recurring trips to the NCAA Tournament, are perennially the norm for these Anteaters, who came from behind to defeat Cal State Northridge, 2-1, to end the regular season on Saturday night. With the win UCI, ranked No. 25 by Top Drawer Soccer, improved to 12-4-3.
By Barry Faulkner | October 30, 2013
When you have the kind of year the UC Irvine women's basketball team did last season, looking back is hardly advisable. But when it comes to envisioning a brighter future, second-year coach Doug Oliver also doesn't want his players looking over their shoulders. So, Oliver has effectively issued a universal green light to bombard the basket with shots this season, hoping to improve upon a woeful offensive output in 2012-13, when the Anteaters were 9-21, 5-13 in the Big West Conference and failed to qualify for the eight-team Big West Conference tournament that began in their own arena.
October 24, 2013
UC Irvine has been selected first in the Big West Conference preseason media poll released Thursday by the league office. Coach Russell Turner's Anteaters earned a total of 183 points and nine first-place votes in the media poll. UC Santa Barbara was second with 167 points, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo third with 165 and Long Beach State fourth with 164. UCI has been picked to win the Big West this season by multiple preseason publications. This is the first time in 12 years that UCI has been chosen No. 1 in the Big West preseason media poll.
By Barry Faulkner | October 17, 2013
The tears welling in the eyes of UC Irvine defender Jordan Bruce had nothing to do with the first goal of her collegiate career. Instead, Bruce and her Anteaters, dominant yet still doomed, were writhing as a result of their 2-1 Big West Conference loss to visiting Long Beach State on Thursday night. "It's the sport we play," UCI Coach Scott Juniper said. "You can dominate a game and lose. I don't think that happens in any other sport that you can dominate a game to that degree, literally in every department.
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