Sanders’ late jumper helps UC Irvine hold on for 73-69 win over Cal Poly
IRVINE, Calif. (AP)—Patrick Sanders hit a fall-away jumper with 12.2 seconds to play as UC Irvine held on for a 73-69 victory Saturday over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Brett Lauer scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Anteaters (7-9, 2-1 Big West), Sanders had 18 points and Darren Fells added 13 points with 11 rebounds.
UC Irvine went on a 17-3 run midway through the second half to take an 11-point lead at 52-41 with 10:43 left in the game.
But Cal Poly (6-10, 1-3) rallied back to cut the lead to just three points at 64-61 with 2:35 left, and the Mustangs needed Sanders’ late shot to put the game away.
Dawin Whiten led Cal Poly with 22 points.
UC Irvine went on a 12-0 run to open the game, as the Mustangs made just two of their first 10 shots and scored just two points from the field in the first six minutes.
Cal Poly recovered to go on a 15-4 run, erasing an 11-point deficit when Whiten sank a pair of free throws to even the score at 21.