UC Irvine's basketball team may be slowing down.
"We might not run as much in the future," said Coach Bill Mulligan. We're more suited to being a half-court offensive team. It just took me a long time to realize it. Before Saturday's game, I told the team we're gonna live and die with Wayne (Engelstad) from now on."
The tactic certainly was successful Saturday. Engelstad, a 6-8 senior center, scored 40 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Irvine (10-8 overall and 5-4 in Pacific Coast Athletic Assn.) beat New Mexico State, 79-62.
Irvine probably will need big nights from everyone to beat No. 2-ranked Nevada Las Vegas (19-1, 8-1) tonight in the Bren Center, however.