Riverside, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Luke Nelson poured in 14 points to lead the UC Irvine Anteaters past the UC Riverside Highlanders, 72-52, in a Big West Conference clash at SRC Arena.
Chris McNealy added 13 points for UCI (11-7, 2-0 Big West), which has won four in a row.
For UCR (5-11, 0-2), losers of three straight, Chris Patton put up 14 points off the bench, Sam Finley scored 13 and Taylor Johns logged a double-double 10 points and 11 rebounds.
UCI took a comfortable 35-23 lead into intermission after shooting 44.8 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, while holding UCR to a mere 29.6 percent shooting.
The Anteaters shot even better from the floor after halftime (.520) as they cruised to the 20-point victory.
UCI did plenty of damage from beyond the arc, draining 11-of-21 from long distance. The Highlanders, on the other hand, were just 1-of-12 from 3-point range.