Michael Hunter leads UC Irvine past UC Riverside
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP)—Michael Hunter scored 19 points, Kevin Bland added 17 and UC Irvine withstood UC Riverside’s second-half surge for a 71-66 win Thursday.
Irvine (7-13, 4-3 Big West Conference) trailed 62-60 with less than four minutes left before Eric Wise hit a 3 and Hunter added another pair of 3s during a 9-2 run.
Riverside (11-8, 3-4) had the ball down 69-66 in the final seconds but Jesse LoBue missed on a 3-pointer. Hunter was fouled during a scramble for the ball and hit two free throws to seal the win.
Irvine, which hit 11 3s, led 39-30 at halftime after shooting 55.6 percent from the floor.
Kyle Austin led Riverside with 21 points.