There wasn't a ton newsworthy from the game, given the nature of the final score, but during UC Irvine coach Russ Turner's press conference he admitted to trash talking King in an effort to throw him off his game.
Kathleen Doyle scored 15 points for the Hawkeyes (28-6), who put away the Tigers with a blistering 23-4 run in the second half. The good news is this team has depth returning, like sophomore Mike McGuirl, Cartier Diarra, Makol Mawien, and hopefully Xavier Sneed. OR slammed the brakes on the rally, responding with an 8-0 run of its own to take back control of the game that it never relinquished.
Yeaney hit 3 of 4 shots in the first half for six points at the break. OR led by as many as 23 points. UC Irvine is allowing just 58.5 points per game over its last nine contests, but the over is 5-4 during the same stretch.
OR shot 58.6 percent in the first half (17 of 29), making 5 of 10 from 3-pointer distance. Brown sat much of the first half after accumulating 2 fouls in the opening minutes.
With K-State trailing 42-41, Stokes spouted off 6-straight points to give the Wildcats a 47-44 lead with 12:09 left in the game, at which point, Stokes led K-State in scoring with 13 points.
Amin started it with a 3-pointer and caused two turnovers. A reporter asked Turner why he'd spent extra time with King in the traditional postgame handshake line, and here's what he said.
TEAM LEADERSHIP: The Anteaters are led by Max Hazzard and Evan Leonard. The Anteaters improved to 31-5 straight up and 21-13-1 against the spread this season following Friday's win over Kansas State.
PASSING FOR POINTS: The Ducks have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Anteaters.
The Ducks are a strong defensive team, allowing just 62.7 points per game while holding opponents to 39.9 percent shooting from the field and 29.1 percent from the arc.
Last season, which ended in an NIT Championship, was followed up with an NCAA Tournament berth, and just the third NCAA Tournament win in program history, two of which are held by Moren.
Irvine played the same style that propelled them to 30 wins in the regular season - they slowed down the pace, stifled the Wildcats on defense, and a balanced group of upperclassmen led a balanced attack on offense.