Utah beats UC Irvine 60-52

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IRVINE, Calif. (AP)— Lawrence Borha scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half to lead visiting Utah to a 60-52 victory over UC Irvine on Saturday.

Borha hit a pair of three-pointers to open the second half and give the Utes (7-5) a 12-point lead.

Carlon Brown had 13 points with nine rebounds and Luke Nevill added 11 points with 10 rebounds for Utah.

The Utes led by as much as 15 points, but Irvine (2-10) cut its deficit down to six points at 56-50 with 1:26 left on a jumper by Derrick Strings. Utah guard Luka Draka sank four free throws in the finals 1:20 to put the game out of reach.

Kevin Bland scored 21 points with 13 rebounds and Eric Wise added 13 points and six rebounds to lead the Anteaters.

Utah took the lead on a free throw by Tyler Kepkay with 5:41 left in the first half to make the score 19-18. The Utes went on a 10-4 run to close the half with a 2 9-25 lead.

Wise and Bland accounted for 21 of Irvine?s 25 first half points. The duo shot a combined 10-for-18 from the field in the half, with their teammates shooting 1-for-11 from the field.

Irvine shot 37 percent (20-for-56) from the field for the game.

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4-8,  11 Pts
10 Rebs, 3 Assists
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8-15,  21 Pts
13 Rebs, 0 Assists

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