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College Roundup: UC Irvine men’s basketball tops UC Riverside

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UC Irvine men’s basketball forward Collin Welp, shown shooting against Colorado on Nov. 18, 2019, had nine points Saturday night in a win over UC Riverside.
(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

Evan Leonard had 13 points to lead a well-balanced effort for UC Irvine men’s basketball in Saturday night’s 69-53 Big West Conference win over UC Riverside at Bren Events Center.

Brad Greene had 11 points for UC Irvine (11-8, 3-0 in conference). Tommy Rutherford, John Edgar Jr. and Collin Welp each scored nine points for the Anteaters, who never trailed and built a 38-22 halftime advantage.

UC Irvine plays at Long Beach State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Menlo 73, Vanguard 71: The Lions suffered their third straight Golden West Athletic Conference loss at home Saturday.

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Isaiah Gentry and James Moore led Vanguard (10-9, 3-4 in conference) with 16 points each.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UC Irvine 68, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 57: Anteaters junior Haleigh Talbert scored a career-high 23 points in Saturday’s Big West Conference game on the road.

Lauren Saiki had 12 points and 11 assists for UC Irvine (5-12, 1-2 in conference). Jayde Cadee scored 15 points, all coming on five three-pointers.

UC Irvine hosts Cal State Northridge on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Vanguard 73, Menlo 54: Vanessa Murphy had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Lions in Saturday’s Golden West Athletic Conference home game.

Victoria Chea scored 17 points for No. 5 Vanguard (12-2, 6-1 in conference), which has won seven straight games. Tristen Rollon added 14 points.

WOMEN’S WATER POLO

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No. 5-ranked UC Irvine won twice on Saturday at UC Santa Barbara, recording a 12-7 win over No. 4 Cal and a 14-9 victory over No. 7 Michigan.

Tara Prentice, Toni Shackelford, Piper Smith, Elena Flynn and Megan Falcon all scored twice against Cal for UCI (2-0), while Flynn and Prentice each scored four goals against Michigan.

UC Irvine competes next weekend in the Cal Cup hosted by UC Berkeley.

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD

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UC Irvine started the season with some top performances Saturday. Brianna Villanueva had a fourth-place showing in the weight throw, including a personal-best of 58 feet, 1.25 inches that was second in school history.

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Mychal Robinson matched a lifetime-best of 8.61 seconds to finish sixth in the 60-meter hurdles, while Zani Meaders finished fifth in the 400 meters in 56.02.

Hannah Chau finished the mile in 5:10.87, the ninth-fastest time in school history, while Tess Mathes was seventh in the 600 meters (1:40.94) and eighth in the 800 (2:18.24).

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Vanguard 3, Springfield College 2: Kyle Anema had 22 kills for the Lions in Saturday’s 26-24, 19-25, 26-24, 24-26, 15-13 nonconference home win.

Christian Nowtash and Cody Watts each tallied nine kills for Vanguard (2-0).

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