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Best, Ndiaye lead UC Irvine past Boston College 80-67

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) Mike Best scored 18 points and Mamadou Ndiaye added 16, leading UC Irvine to an 80-67 win over Boston College in the Wooden Legacy tournament on Friday. The duo split 20 points in the first half as the Anteaters (5-1) shot 60 percent from the floor and led by up to 20 points before settling for a 43-31 advantage at the break. The Eagles (4-1), who lost...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Here's what happens when two 7'6" centers meet for opening tip-off (VIDEO)

The UC-Irvine Anteaters played the UCF Knights in Orlando Wednesday night, but the really big news was that it was the first time two 7'6" players ever appeared on a basketball court at the same time. UC-Irvine has Mamadou N'diaye, a junior from Dakar, Senegal and UCF has Tacko Fall, a freshman who comes from the same home city — both seven-and-a-half footers.  ...
Via The Other Paper
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ndiaye's free throw in OT lifts UC Irvine past UCF, 61-60

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Mamadou Ndiaye's free throw with 1:49 left in overtime proved to be the game winner as UC Irvine posted a 61-60 overtime win over UCF Wednesday night. Luke Nelson led the way for the Anteaters (3-0), knocking down 9 of 21 shots from the field to finish with 22 points and dished out six assists. Mike Best and Alex Young each contributed 10 points. Matt Williams...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The tallest tip-off will make you laugh hysterically

The UCF Knights and UC-Irvine Anteaters are playing each other tonight and the tip-off was nothing short of hysterical. That’s because the team’s two centers, UCF’s Tacko Fall and UCI’s Mamadou Ndiaye, are both 7-foot-6 and don’t exactly have the smoothest hands. Check out their classic tip-off below! Stay tuned to Campus Sports for more updates on this classic matchup...
Via Campus Sports Net
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks fry Anteaters in OT, 69-67

by Eric Sloat, DSH basketball correspondent Throw it DOWN, big man: Dillon Brooks goes up strong in Oregon’s 69-67 overtime win over Cal Irvine on Monday night (Godofredo Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports photo.) Ducks make it 2 in a row in overtime wins, this time, escaping with a 69-67 win over the UC Irvine Anteaters at Matt Knight Arena Monday night. It wasn’t pretty. The Ducks...
Via The Duck Stops Here
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season Review: 3B Taylor Sparks

Taylor Sparks began the 2014 season as the reigning Co-Big West Conference Player of the Year, and a preseason All-American candidate for the UC Irvine Anteaters. He responded to the expectations by slashing a solid .308/.389/.506 during his junior campaign, which propelled him to become the 2nd round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the June draft. Upon signing for a cool $972,800...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

UC Irvine set to defend Big West title

It all looked so good on paper. The UC Irvine Anteaters, the 2013-2014 Big West Champions, had a dominant offense, a stifling defense, depth at every position and two of the best big men in the conference. But then along came the Cinderella known as Cal Poly in the conference tournament.  "We got surprised," said center Mamadou Ndiaye, the Big West's Defensive Player of the Year...
Via Fox Sports West
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Anteaters embrace underdog role in College World Series

IRVINE, Calif. -- Every tournament needs a Cinderella story, and the College World Series that begins this weekend has a good one. The UC Irvine Anteaters didn't figure to get there, not after losing eight of their last nine games in the regular season and then facing the No. 1 overall seed, Oregon State, in the regionals. But Wednesday morning they'll board a flight to Omaha, Neb...
Via Fox Sports West
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Nelson, UC Irvine to Cal Poly 64-50

Luke Nelson scored 15 points and Alex Young added 14 and five assists as UC Irvine beat Cal Poly 64-50 Saturday night. Mike Best finished with 10 points for Irvine, which shot 7 of 16 (43.8 percent) from 3-point range and remained tied with UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State for first place in the Big West Conference. Cal Poly (8-13, 4-4 Big West Conference) scored on five of...
Via AP on Fox
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

UC Irvine runs past San Diego Christian 91-56

Will Davis II led the way for UC Irvine with 17 points and seven rebounds in a 91-56 victory over NAIA San Diego Christian on Saturday night. After a relatively low scoring first half in which Irvine (8-7) held a 31-19 advantage, the Anteaters exploded for 60 second-half points including a 16-0 run midway through the period. John Ryan and Chris McNealy added 12 points each for...
Via AP on Fox
January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

McNealy, UC Irvine beat LIU Brooklyn 84-64

Chris McNealy scored 15 points, to lead four players in double figures, as UC Irvine pulled away early from LIU Brooklyn for an 84-64 win Friday night. Landon Atterberry scored LIU Brooklyn's first nine points, the last of which came on a 3-point shot with 15:44 left in the first half, to keep the Blackbirds close in the first few minutes of the game but Will Davis II sparked a...
Via AP on Fox
November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

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