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UC Irvine keeps NCAA hopes alive with 63-54 win over UC Riverside

UC Irvine keeps NCAA hopes alive with 63-54 win over UC Riverside

There are games you are just fortunate to walk away from intact. UC Irvine finally exhaled Thursday, after a hardscrabble evening in the Big West tournament. When it was over, and a 63-54 first-round victory over UC Riverside was secured, the Anteaters could look forward to at least one more day of this. "We survived, so we advanced," Coach Russell Turner said. "We have been through this situation before." A year ago, Irvine entered the tournament as regular-season champions. They were bounced in the semifinals, denying the Anteaters a chance at their first NCAA tournament appearance. So getting out a little battered, but not beaten, Thursday, with a spot in...

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