SJS Loses to UCI 68-58 / SJ Women Lose 55-52

UC Irvine beat San Jose State, 68-58, in non-conference action at the Bren Events Center Saturday night in the South Land. Vermont slips by SJS for a 55-52 victory over San Jose State in the consolation game of the Hawkeye Challenge Sunday.

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IRVINE, Calif. --- Sophomore post Darren Fells scored 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had a career-high five steals to lead UC Irvine past San Jose State, 68-58, in non-conference action at the Bren Events Center Saturday night.

Senior guards Aaron Fitzgerald and Ross Schraeder added 18 and 15 points, respectively, as the Anteaters snapped a two-game losing streak in improving to 4-3 overall. Schraeder was 5 of 6 from the field, including 4 of 5 on threes. Fitzgerald hit 7 of 13 field goals and Fells was 8 of 15. Nic Campbell, Shamar Armstrong and Fitzgerald had four assists apiece in the win.

UCI, which led 28-23 at halftime, shot 63 percent from the field in the second half and 56 percent for the game. San Jose State's Carlton Spencer, who scored all 11 of his points in the second half, hit a three-pointer with 5:07 remaining to cut UCI's lead to 52-50. The Anteaters went on a 6-0 run to go up by eight, but the Spartans' Matt Misko scored five straight points to close the gap to 58-55 with 3:13 left. Fitzgerald and Schraeder then hit consecutive three-point baskets as UCI outscored SJSU 10-3 down the stretch.

Senior forward Alex Elam scored 19 points before fouling out for the Spartans, who lost their third straight game in falling to 3-4 overall. SJSU was playing without leading scorer Demetrius Brown, who was sidelined for the second consecutive game with a bacterial infection. The Spartans shot 37 percent from the floor in the second half and 38 percent for the game, but did outrebound UCI 31-26 as Menelik Barbary snared seven boards, including five on the offensive end.

San Jose State (58)

Elam 7-14 1-2 19; Fleming 2-5 2-2 6; Misko 2-3 3-4 7; Richardson 3-5 0-0 8; Spencer 4-10 0-0 11; Gardner 0-2 0-0 0; Cozad 0-6 1-2 1; Thomas 1-2 0-0 2; K. Smith 0-2 0-0 0; Barbary 2-6 0- 1 4. Totals 21-55 7-11 58.

UC Irvine (68)

Campbell 2-6 0-0 5; Schraeder 5-6 1-2 15; Fells 8-15 3-4 19; Armstrong 1-3 0-0 3; Fitzgerald 7-13 3-3 18; Price 1-1 0-0 2; Templeton 1-1 0-0 2; Metelski 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 27-48 7-9 68.

Halftime score – UC Irvine 28, San Jose State 23. Three-point field goals – San Jose State 9-17 (Elam 4-6, Richardson 2-4, Spencer 3-5, Cozad 0-1, K. Smith 0-1), UC Irvine 7-12 (Campbell 1-4, Schraeder 4-5, Armstrong 1-2, Fitzgerald 1-1). Rebounds – San Jose State 31, UC Irvine 26. Assists – San Jose Stated 11, UC Irvine 16. Total fouls – San Jose State 13, UC Irvine 17. Fouled out – Elam. Attendance – 3,730.

And in Spartans Womens Action....

Credit: AP wire services

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Alexis Castro scored 19 points, including five in the final minute, to lead Vermont to a 55-52 victory over San Jose State in the consolation game of the Hawkeye Challenge Sunday.

Vermont trailed most of the game, but tied it at 42 on a short jumper by Castro with 3:54 to go. Castro sank two foul shots to put the Catamounts (3-4) up 50-49 with just under a minute to play, then extended the lead to 53-49 moments later when she scored on a put back and hit the ensuing free throw.

San Jose State (2-3), losers of three straight, were led by Amber Jackson's 18 points. Lamisha Augustine added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Vermont also got 11 points from Sy Janousek and Brittney Cross added nine and led the team with eight rebounds. The Catamounts shot just 30 percent in the game, but excelled at the free throw line, shooting 85 percent and hitting 8-of-9 in the second half.

The Spartans were just 1-17 from behind the 3-point arc (6 percent), shot 54 percent from the line and had 23 turnovers, compared to 15 for Vermont.


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