Warriors fall late on the road at UC Irvine
IRVINE, Calif. - UC Irvine broke open a close game late in the second half to defeat the Hawai’i basketball team, 68-64, in a Big West Conference contest at the Bren Events Center.
The teams traded the lead for the first 35 minutes of the game, but the Anteaters took control in the final five minutes.
The Warriors had their three-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-6 overall and 3-1 in the Big West. Irvine improved to 8-9 and 2-2.
Vander Joaquim led the Warriors with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and he also grabbed seven rebounds. Christian Standhardinger added 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Brandon Spearman contributed 12 points and five rebounds.
The Warriors shot just 35.6 percent from the field, and committed 17 turnovers. Hawai’i did out-rebound the Anteaters, 46-35.
The Warriors had a 31-23 lead late in the first half, but the Anteaters closed the half with a 5-0 run to make it 31-28 at intermission.
Joaquim got off to a quick start with six points on 3-of-3 shooting and four rebounds. However, he was limited to 10 minutes in the first half after picking up two fouls.
The game stayed close in the second half, with the lead changing 15 times between the teams. The Warriors had a 55-53 lead with 7:18 remaining, but the Anteaters responded with an 11-2 run to take a 64-57 advantage with 1:24 remaining. Daman Starring capped the Irvine surge with an off-balance shot that went in just before the shot clock expired.
The Warriors will stay in Southern California for another Big West road game when the play at Long Beach State on Saturday.
More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.