December 31, 2004
Barry Faulkner Even during the five-game winning streak that fed his team's burgeoning confidence, UC Irvine men's basketball coach Pat Douglass knew there would be games like this. And, after host UC Santa Barbara outplayed the Anteaters in every facet to claim a 62-45 Big West Conference victory Thursday night, Douglass' seven newcomers now know it to. "Things didn't quite go the way we wanted them to," said Douglass, whose team scored the fewest points since a 66-43 home loss to the University of the Pacific Feb. 21, 1998, a span of 131 games.
November 19, 2004
The future of UC Irvine men's basketball is noticeably brighter after the school announced Thursday that four players have signed national letters of intent to continue their careers with the Anteaters, beginning in 2005-06. Alvin Lewis, who averaged 32 points and eight assists at Madison Park High last season in Boston, Mass., is a 6-foot point guard who will play this season at Northfield Mount Hermon Prep in Northfield, Mass. Adam Templeton, a 6-5 wing from Central High in Rapid City, S.D., averaged 22 points, nine rebounds and three assists as a junior last season.
June 24, 2004
Newport Beach resident G. Edward Rudloff won the 50-meter breaststroke in 48.27 seconds for the 80-84 age group at the FINA World Masters swimming championships in Riccione, Italy June 2-13. Rudloff also finished second in the 200 individual medley in 4:05.62, and he took third in the 200 breaststroke in 4:20.58. Rudloff swims for the Olympic Club, based in San Francisco. CdM denied ranking BASEBALL: A CIF Southern Section Division IV championship and a 25-5 record were apparently not enough for the Corona del Mar High baseball team to be included in the SchoolSports/Champion National Baseball Top 25 high school final rankings, which put La Quinta at No. 22. La Quinta was upset by Tesoro, 4-1, in the CIF Division IV semifinals June 1. Corona del Mar, which ended its season on 17-game winning streak, defeated Tesoro, 3-1, to capture the CIF Division IV title at Dodger Stadium June 5. Chatsworth, which went 35-0 and won the CIF Los Angeles City Section title, received the top ranking.
March 5, 2004
Barry Faulkner Forty minutes of teeth-grinding basketball left the UC Irvine men's basketball team no closer to clarity concerning its Big West tournament future than when it arrived Thursday night at UC Santa Barbara. The Anteaters (11-16, 6-11 in conference), like they had in eight of their first nine road losses this season, led in the second half (they were tied after intermission in the other). They were up, in fact, 55-53, with a guaranteed berth in the eight-team tournament in hand, until UCSB senior Branduinn Fullove drained a three-pointer near the top of the key with 11.6 seconds left to thrill the Thunderdom crowd of 2,191.
February 26, 2004
UC Irvine men's basketball player Mike Efevberha has been suspended indefinitely by Anteater head coach Pat Douglass. "At this time, I have suspended Mike indefinitely for violating team and department rules," Douglass said in a released statement. Efevberha, a sophomore wing from Pomona, is averaging 11.1 points and 2.6 rebounds through 24 games this season. He has started 21 contests and leads UCI with 40 three-point baskets. Senior Matt Okoro is expected to move into that spot in the starting lineup Thursday.
January 19, 2004
BARRY FAULKNER At roughly the midway point of its season, the UC Irvine men's basketball team is, by virtue of standing atop seven others in the 10-team Big West Conference, ahead of schedule. But, following Saturday's 74-67 home conference win over Cal State Fullerton, seventh-year coach Pat Douglass isn't ready to elevate expectations he said may have been unrealistically high before play began. Citing a starting backcourt of sophomores and a 10-player rotation that includes three sophomores, two freshmen and one junior, Douglass believes the preseason polls that picked UCI to finish third in the Big West were skewed by the program's success the previous three years (two regular-season conference titles and a runner-up finish)
January 4, 2004
BREN EVENTS CENTER -- UC Irvine men's basketball coach Pat Douglass has searched for the better part of five seasons to find the right motivational buttons to propel 7-foot senior center Adam Parada to stardom. But Douglass only gets a portion of the credit for detonating Parada's most crucial performance of the year Saturday in a 74-69 Big West Conference-opening win over visiting Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. "[Parada] looked like a big man out there tonight," Douglass said of the inconsistent preseason mid-major All-American, who scored seven of his 17 points in the final 10:04.
December 19, 2003
Barry Faulkner UC Irvine men's basketball coach Pat Douglass needed double overtime to reach triple digits in victories at the school. And, after 50 minutes of action and hundreds of plays that affected the outcome, Douglass' seventh-season milestone -- an 85-83 double-overtime triumph over nonconference visitor Pepperdine -- came down to a wave of last-possession panic, followed by a rewarding sigh of relief. "The key was, they missed the dunk at the end," Douglass said of 6-foot-9 Pepperdine junior Robert Turner's acrobatic, one-handed putback attempt that rattled off the rim as the buzzer sounded, before 2,089 at the Bren Events Center.
December 4, 2003
Barry Faulkner The stat sheet confirmed UC Irvine Coach Pat Douglass' worst fears Wednesday night, and it also helped explain the final score in a 65-57 nonconference men's basketball loss at Cal. "I knew going in we had to limit their second shots and take care of the basketball," Douglass said. "We felt if we could get into a shooting game with them, maybe we'd have a shot." Instead, the Golden Bears (2-2) dominated on the offensive glass, pulling half of its 28 rebounds after its own missed shots.
October 19, 2003
BARRY FAULKNER One might suggest two reasons why the UC Irvine men's and women's basketball teams' tipoff event Saturday morning was called Midnight Magic. First, donning the practice gear and taking the floor the first minute of the allotted first day of practice, both displays and encourages the kind of enthusiasm Pat Douglass has created around his men's program with three straight 20-win seasons. "This senior class is the winningest in school history," Douglass noted in a brief address to the estimated 1,500, mostly students, gathered at the Bren Event Center.