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UC Irvine works overtime to defeat UC Davis in Big West opener – Orange County Register

UC Irvine works overtime to defeat UC Davis in Big West opener – Orange County Register
  • Eyassu Worku #24 of the UC Irvine Anteaters known as for a cost on Colin Russell #21 of the UC Davis Aggies through the first half of their males’s basketball recreation at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • TJ Shorts II #Zero of the UC Davis Aggies passes out of hassle in entrance of Robert Cartwright #Three and ahead Tommy Rutherford #42, of the UC Irvine Anteaters in the course of the first half of their males’s basketball recreation at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Evan Leonard #14 of the UC Irvine Anteaters scores previous Siler Schneider #5 of the UC Davis Aggies in the course of the first half of their males’s basketball recreation at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • TJ Shorts II #Zero of the UC Davis Aggies seems to be to cross underneath strain from UC Irvine through the first half of their males’s basketball recreation at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Evan Leonard #14 of the UC Irvine Anteaters scores previous Siler Schneider #5 of the UC Davis Aggies through the first half of their males’s basketball recreation at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • TJ Shorts II #Zero of the UC Davis Aggies passes the ball in entrance of UC Irvine gamers through the first half of their males’s basketball recreation at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • UC Irvine males’s basketball head coach Russell Turner talks to his gamers in the course of the first half of their males’s basketball recreation towards UC Davis at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Max Hazzard #2 of the UC Irvine Anteaters celebrates with Evan Leonard #14 and Robert Cartwright #Three after hitting a final second three-pointer over Siler Schneider #5 of the UC Davis Aggies, left, to finish the primary half of their males’s basketball recreation at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • UC Irvine males’s basketball head coach Russell Turner on the sidelines in the course of the first half of their males’s basketball recreation towards UC Davis at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Robert Cartwright #Three of the UC Irvine Anteaters exhales as Collin Welp #40, left, celebrates after the ultimate buzzer of UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Evan Leonard #14 of the UC Irvine Anteaters drives to the ring previous Matt Neufeld #13 of the UC Davis Aggies throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Max Hazzard #2 of the UC Irvine Anteaters is fouled by Matt Neufeld #13 of the UC Davis Aggies throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • TJ Shorts II #Zero of the UC Davis Aggies, celebrates after tying up the sport throughout UC Davis’ 71-69 overtime loss to UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Head coach Russell Turner talks with Elston Jones #50 of the UC Irvine Anteaters throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The UC Irvine band tries to distract Matt Neufeld #13 of the UC Davis Aggies throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • UC Davis head coach Jim Les talks together with his gamers on the sidelines throughout a timeout of their 71-69 overtime loss to UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Head coach Russell Turner talks together with his gamers throughout a timeout of their 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Robert Cartwright #Three of the UC Irvine Anteaters leaps previous TJ Shorts II #Zero of the UC Davis Aggies throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • TJ Shorts II #Zero of the UC Davis Aggies talks with a referee after being referred to as for a foul throughout their 71-69 overtime loss to UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Head coach Russell Turner throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • TJ Shorts II #Zero of the UC Davis Aggies forces a bounce ball with Max Hazzard #2 of the UC Irvine Anteaters throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Head coach Russell Turner throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis at UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jonathan Galloway #5 of the UC Irvine Anteaters blocks a shot by Siler Schneider #5 of the UC Davis Aggies throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • UC Irvine’s Evan Leonard is greeted by teammates as he’s taken out of the sport throughout UCI’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis in Thursday night time’s Big West Convention opener on the Bren Middle. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Tommy Rutherford #42 of the UC Irvine Anteaters and assistant coach Michael Wilder rejoice a three-pointer by Robert Cartwright #Three throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • TJ Shorts II #Zero of the UC Davis Aggies throughout UC Davis’ 71-69 overtime loss to UC Irvine in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • UC Irvine cheerleaders entertain the gang earlier than UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Peter the Anteater partitions behind followers throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A UC Irvine followers exhibits his help throughout a free throw throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis at in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Peter the Anteater sits behind two younger followers as they get on the large display throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • UC Irvine cheerleaders entertain the gang throughout UC Irvine’s 71-69 overtime victory over UC Davis in Irvine on Thursday, January 10, 2019. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

IRVINE — There was nobody on the UC Irvine bench Thursday night time who was stunned by the best way their Big West Convention opener towards UC Davis went down.

Not once they have been forward by 16 in the primary half, not once they have been forward by seven with 1:27 left in regulation, not when the Aggies pushed them into overtime, and never even when the sport got here down to a last-second shot.

The Anteaters (13-Four, 1-Zero Big West) outlasted the Aggies on the Bren Middle 71-69, Evan Leonard changing 5 free throws in the ultimate 1:42 of overtime and the protection twice denying Tustin Excessive product T.J. Shorts II on late photographs, one on the finish of regulation and the second on the finish of overtime that may have given UC Davis the win.

Leonard scored 22 factors, going 7 for 14 from the sector and seven for eight from the free-throw line. Max Hazzard added 15 factors and Tommy Rutherford had 11 in the taut victory. Jonathan Galloway (10) and Elston Jones (eight) mixed for 18 rebounds, and grad scholar Robert Cartwright had eight assists in 33 minutes.

Shorts, the reigning Big West Participant of the Yr, had 21 factors, 17 of them in the second half, and 10 rebounds however was Three for eight from the free-throw line. Joe Mooney had 14 factors. It was a whistle-weary recreation, the officiating crew calling 54 fouls.

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UC Davis (Four-11, Zero-1) had gained six of the earlier 9 conferences between the groups, together with two video games final season (one in overtime) and the Big West Event title recreation in 2017.

“I was proud that we found a way to pull this one out,” UCI coach Russell Turner stated. “I assumed we have been each lucky and just a little unfortunate, too, and we have been in a position to keep our resilience.

“I wasn’t surprised at all the game went the way it did. You have to perform in this league and we knew they would give us a tough game. Our games have gone like this a lot.”

The Anteaters led 61-54 with 1:27 left in regulation, however Garrison Goode scored on a bucket and a free throw, Shorts scored in the lane after Jones missed two free throws, and Mooney scored on a drive with 10.9 seconds left to tie the rating at 61.

The Aggies led overtime 65-64 with 2:25 remaining in overtime, however Hazzard pressured a tie-up with Shorts with the possession arrow in UCI’s favor and Galloway blocked a shot to stunt the Aggies’ run.

The Anteaters arrange some good photographs that led to fouls and free throws. They led 68-65 when Shorts scored on a scoop-and-pray shot with 26 seconds left. Leonard was doubled on the in-bounds play, however Shorts was referred to as for a foul and Leonard transformed each free throws to make it 70-67.

Shorts scored on one other drive with 17.2 left to make it a one-point recreation once more. Cartwright was fouled on the next play and made the primary free throw to make it 71-69, however his second rimmed out. UC Davis went for the win with a Shorts Three-pointer that caught the aspect of the rim. Shorts performed all however 1:36 of the sport.

“We knew it would be a long game,” Leonard stated. “We have been up however we kind of knew they’d make a run, particularly as soon as T.J. acquired going.

“We just tried to play good defense, especially some lockdown at the end when we had an idea where they would try and score. T.J.’s a great player, he sort of went on a run by himself.”

The Anteaters led 28-19 at halftime after some nice protection and a Hazzard Three-pointer on the buzzer. They used an 11-Zero run sparked by the within play of Galloway and Tommy Rutherford to draw the lead to 41-25.

However Shorts sparked an 18-2 run, hitting 5 subject objectives on inside drives and Mooney hitting a pair of Three-pointers, and UC Davis drew even at 44.

UCI was 21 for 34 from the free-throw line, whereas the Aggies have been simply 14 for 25.

The Anteaters subsequent play at Cal State Fullerton (Four-11, Zero-1) on Saturday night time (6 p.m.).

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