Recap: UC Irvine vs. CS-Northridge
Irvine, CA (Sports Network) - Adam Folker tallied a game-high 28 points, leading four starters in double figures, as UC Irvine topped Cal State Northridge in overtime, 94-85, in Big West Conference play at the Bren Events Center.
Folker shot 11-of-14 from the floor and added nine rebounds for the Anteaters (11-17, 6-8 Big West) as they won their second straight. Before fouling out Chris McNealy tallied 21 points and five assists, followed by Derick Flowers and Michael Wilder with 11 points apiece, the latter also clearing a game-high 11 rebounds. Coming up a point shy of a double-double was Daman Starring who handed out 10 assists.
The Matadors (7-20, 3-12), losers of three straight and seven of the last eight, were paced by Stephen Hicks with 24 points and nine rebounds, while Stephen Maxwell and Josh Greene contributed 18 and 12 points, respectively.
Both teams shot the ball extremely well from the floor in the first half, UCI knocking down 63.3 percent and CSUN 51.4 percent, but it was a 13-of-16 effort at the free-throw line in the frame for the Matadors that provided the visitors with a 54-47 advantage at the break.
Tied at 81-81 with 1:14 remaining in regulation, the next points didn't come until 13.3 seconds left as Maxwell put back an offensive rebound to give the Matadors a two-point advantage thanks to their first made field goal in more than seven minutes. At the other end, Folker collected a couple of offensive rebounds himself, the second of those going in to make the score 83-83.
With just 1.2 second to play, the Matadors had one final chance to end the game on a positive note, inbounding the ball on the baseline at the offensive end of the floor. The team drew up a lob play for Maxwell, but his shot bounced off the rim and fell to the floor.
In overtime the Anteaters ripped off an 11-0 scoring run and it wasn't until there were just 1.6 seconds remaining that the visitors were able to put the ball in the basket on a layup.
In a game that experienced nine ties and six lead changes, the Anteaters survived a hefty 20 turnovers by connecting on 55.6 percent from the field.Game Notes