UC Irvine 77, UT Arlington 70
ARLINGTON, Texas — Five Anteaters scored in double figures and UCI shot 66.7% percent from the field in the second half en route to a BracketBusters win at UT Arlington Saturday.
Senior Adam Folker and sophomore Will Davis II scored 16 points each, seniors Michael Wilder and Daman Starring recorded 14 and 13 points, respectively, and junior Chris McNealy added 12 as UCI won its fourth straight game and sixth in the last eight.
Folker pulled down a team-high seven rebounds while Davis added six boards and five blocked shots as the Anteaters improved to 16-13 overall. Freshman Alex Young also had six rebounds and Wilder registered eight assists for UCI, which shot 52 percent from the field for the game.
Jamel Outler led UTA (15-10) with 21 points and Brandon Edwards added 16 as the Mavericks saw their five-game winning streak snapped in the first-ever meeting between the schools.
UCI, which never trailed in the game, led 31-26 at halftime on the strength of nine points from Wilder, who hit all three of his three-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes.
The Anteaters opened the second half on a 15-6 run to take a 46-32 lead on a basket by Davis with 12:40 remaining.
UTA used a late run to close within 75-70 on a three by Outler with 17 seconds left before Starring hit a pair of free throws with 6.2 seconds remaining to close out the win.
"I'm happy with my guys for getting this quality win on the road against a good team," UCI head coach Russell Turner said. "We performed well as a team on both ends, offensively and defensively.
"This was an important win for us to prepare for our three remaining conference games and the postseason, however far we can take it," Turner added.
UCI plays host to Long Beach State Saturday at 4 p.m. before closing out Big West play on the road at Pacific March 7 and UC Davis March 9.
Vanguard 87, San Diego Christian 79 (OT)
EL CAJON — Taylor Kelly scored 20 points to lead the Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Saturday.
Chris Gorman added 18 points and Ennis Whatley Jr. scored 15 points, while Selle Hann and Noel Larkins had 11 points each for Vanguard (17-12, 6-8 in conference).
The Lions outscored San Diego Christian, 14-6, in overtime.
SDC is 7-16, 4-10.
Fullerton 101, Orange Coast 86
COSTA MESA — Jordan Pellum scored 18 points for the Pirates in the Orange Empire Conference game Friday.
Marquis Ransom had 17 points and Chris Nelson finished with 11 points for OCC (12-15, 3-9 in conference).
Fullerton is 14-13, 6-6.
Vanguard 76, San Diego Christian 49
EL CAJON — Nicole Ballestero scored a game-high 30 points for the Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conferenc e game Saturday.
Chelsea Alfafara added 12 points and six assists and Alison Drennan had 10 points for Vanguard (20-4, 11-3 in conference), ranked No. 7 in the NAIA.
San Diego Christian is 16-14, 8-6.
Orange Coast 72, Fullerton 59
COSTA MESA — Caitlin Bunting and Jenna Arnett scored 14 points each for the Pirates in the Orange Empire Conference game Friday.
Dayanara Armenta and Michelle Angel scored 11 points each and Jessica Johnson aadded 10 points and nine rebounds for OCC (13-15, 4-8 in conference).
Fullerton is 6-20, 2-10.
EL CAJON — Ellis Whitman went three for five to help Vanguard split a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader at San Diego Christian Saturday.
Adonis Tountas, Jordan Mould and John Schwer each had two hits in the Lions' 8-5 win in the opener.
Thomas Mobley went three for three with two runs batted in for Vanguard (8-7, 3-7 in conference) in its 6-5 loss in the nightcap.
San Diego Christian is 12-6, 5-6.
WOMEN'S WATER POLO
IRVINE — Hannah Croghan scored three goals for UC Irvine in its 7-6 loss to UCLA, which scored with four seconds left to earn the win.
Earlier on Saturday, Croghan scored three goals in UCI's 9-4 win over UC Davis.
The No. 6-ranked Anteatesr (8-5) play agaisnt San Diego State Sunday at 9:15 a.m.
WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
MPSF Indoor Championship
SEATTLE, Wash. — UC Irvine concluded its 2013 season Saturday on the final day of competition at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championship at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle.
Sophomore Itos Aikhionbare placed 10th in the shot put with a mark of 47-5¼.
Sakia Sailinuu had UCI's top finish in the 800 meters with a 17th-place time of 2:14.87, while Chelsea Schneider was 19th in 2:15.59.
Kaycee Holcomb led the Anteaters in the mile run, placing 19th in 4:58.57. Samia Sailinuu was 22nd in 5:06.41 and Chloe Fata 23rd in 5:11.64.
Lauren Hackney finished 35th overall in the 400 meters with a time of 58.08 while KayC Wharton was 39th in 58.58.
UCI's 4x400 relay of Kaulyn Lee-McNeill, Wharton, Sakia Sailinuu and Hackney finished 13th in 3:53.53.
MEN'S TRACK & FIELD
COSTA MESA — Orange Coast College topped Santiago Canyon (103-51), Golden West (96-58) and Fullerton (100-54) in a four-way meet held at the OCC Track Complex.
The biggest point-producer for the Pirates came in the 3,000-meter run, where Coast finished 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-9-10. Jay Bonthius won the race with a dominating performance, crossing the finish line with a time of 9 minutes, 15.72 seconds. Six other Pirate teammates followed Bonthius' trail. Kevin Russell took second at 9:28.12, Weston Hall places third at 9:28.3, Jace Hinesly finished fourth at 9:33.8 and Brandon Prieto placed fifth at 9:36.07. Out of nine sub-10-minute times, nine were turned in by Orange Coast.
Coast picked up a triple-set of wins from jumper specialist Cameron Pizzica, who took the high jump with a winning leap of 6-feet, 1 1/4 inches. He then used fewer attempts to edge out Fullerton's Anthony Nguyen in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 12-11 3/4. And finally, in the long jump, Pizzica edged out teammate Andy Bardine with a winning jump of 22-5 3/4.
In the 800, Kevin Russell crossed the finish line first with a winning time of 2 minutes, 1.13 seconds.
In the 110 hurdles, it was a head-to-head showdown between OCC's Bardine and GWC's Christian Potter and in the end, Bardine took the top spot with a time of 16.18, edging out Potter's 16.34.
In the 1,500, Coast took four of the top five spots, led by Weston Hall's winning time of 4:12.48. Bonthius (4:14.23) finished second, Dillon Scott (4:24.81) placed fourth and Hinesly (4:25.88) placed fifth.