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Rally by UC Irvine falls short

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Benny Valentine made two free throws with 19.7 seconds left, sending Eastern Washington past UC Irvine, 74-69, on Wednesday night at the Bren Center.

Eastern Washington (1-1) held off a late rally by the Anteaters (0-2) in the final two minutes of the game. The Eagles converted eight of 10 free-throw opportunities to hold the lead.

Michael Hunter scored seven consecutive points and freshman Eric Wise made a jumper with 21.9 seconds left to get Irvine to within two points. Valentine made his free throws to put the game out of reach and Gary Gibson added a free throw with 2.1 seconds left.

Andy Genao scored 12 points with 17 rebounds and Valentine added 17 points to lead the Eagles.

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Wise scored 19 points with six rebounds, and Hunter and Darren Moore each scored 13 for the Anteaters.


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