After suffering 67-64 home loss against Cal State Fullerton, UCI tries to bounce back tonight – Orange County Register

UC Irvine’s men’s basketball team will be out to bounce back Saturday night from a 67-64 Big West Conference loss to Cal State Fullerton in front of 1,484 fans at the Bren Center Thursday night.

The Anteaters (6-13, 1-2) face Cal State Northridge (3-13, 0-2) on the road at 7 p.m.

UCI had a 35-28 lead at halftime against league leading Cal State Fullerton (10-5, 3-0) on Thursday and led by 11 points early in the second half. But the Titans took the lead in the second half and held off several comeback bids by UCI in the final minutes.

“We didn’t defend as well, we gave them a bunch of points in the paint, we gave them a tremendous number of points on the free throw line, we didn’t take good care of the ball,”  UCI Coach Russell Turner said emphatically after the game. “Halftime, I think we had five or six turnovers and finished with 16 (officially 14).

“We didn’t take care of the ball, we didn’t defend the paint and we gave them free throws.”

Fullerton, led by Jackson Rowe (14 points) and Kyle Allman (13 points) made 23 of 31 free throws while UCI made 9 of 12 free…

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