The UC Irvine men’s basketball team defeated rivals UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at the Bren Events Center Thursday and Saturday night, respectively. These victories enhanced UCI’s record in the Big West Conference to 2-1 and 7-9 overall.
In both games, the Anteaters led by double digits at one point and held off late game comebacks by the opposition to secure wins. The Anteaters are playing without guards Chuma Awaji and Trey Harris, who are suspended indefinitely for academic-related issues. As a result, Patrick Rembert, the freshman backup point guard, is now seeing more action.
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