BREN EVENTS CENTER - There hasn't been much emphasis on it, but
there is a streak that continues to grow for the UC Irvine men's
The Anteaters (9-4, 2-0 in the Big West Conference) have won a school
record 17 straight games at home. Tonight, on the UCI campus, they will
look to extend the streak in a Big West duel against UC Riverside (5-6,
2-1) at 7:05.
UCI is coming off a 68-58 victory over Cal State Fullerton Thursday at
the Bren and two wins at the Oneida Classic, Dec. 28-29, in Green Bay,
The Anteaters defeated Boston University, 77-71, and Lipscomb
University, 79-62, to win the tournament.
UCI appeared slightly sluggish at times against the Titans, trailing
by as many as seven points in the second half before making a comeback.
"We were a little tired (against the Titans) because of our road
trip," UCI Coach Pat Douglass said. "We should be more rested for UC
The Highlanders are coming off a 73-67 come from behind victory over
Long Beach State at the Pyramid Thursday. UC Riverside posted its first
Big West victory on the road and has won five of its last six games.
Senior guard Jerry Green leads UCI with a 22.9 points per game scoring
average. Green recently moved into the No. 2 spot on UCI's career scoring
list. He has 1,640 career points and only trails record holder Tod
Murphy, who piled up 1,778 while playing for the Anteaters from 1982-86.
Murphy is currently an assistant coach at UC Riverside.
Green beefed up his career point total with a game-high 18 points
against Fullerton. Adam Parada (15 points) and Jordan Harris (14 points)
also had solid efforts against the Titans.
Sophomore Vili Morton is one of UC Riverside's top players. He leads
the Highlanders with a 12.6 points per game average.
Riverside's Jason Perkins checks in with a 10.5 points per game
average. He is also a threat from three-point range. So far, Perkins has
made 29 of 64 three-point attempts (45.3%).
"They are a big three-point shooting team," Douglass said.
The Anteaters have solid three-point shooters of their own in Green,
sophomore forward Stanislav Zuzak and junior guard Mike Hood.
Green has made 22 of 53 three-point attempts this season. Zuzak has
made 20 of 37 and Hood has hit 24 of 64.
Big West Conference Standings
UC Santa Barbara 3-0
UC Irvine 2-0
Utah State 2-1
Cal Poly 2-1
UC Riverside 2-1
Long Beach State 0-2
Cal State Fullerton 0-3
Tonight's Big West games (Jan. 5)
UC Riverside at UC Irvine, 7:05 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State, 7:35 p.m.
Utah State at UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.
Idaho at Cal Poly, 7:05 p.m.
Pacific at Cal State Northridge, 7:05 p.m.