January 9, 1987 |
It took 20 years, but the UC Irvine basketball team finally graduated from high school. Commencement exercises were held Thursday night in the newly christened Donald Bren Events Center, where the Anteaters moved into their 4,500-seat arena and severed ties with 1,500-seat Crawford Hall. The former home of the Anteaters, which so many coaches, players and fans had compared to a high school gym, is but a few full-court passes away from the Bren Center on the Irvine campus.
November 12, 1985
The UC Irvine men's basketball team will play host to Club Bosnia of Yugoslavia in an exhibition game at 7:30 tonight at Crawford Hall. Irvine is the first stop on Club Bosnia's 10-game tour against U.S. college teams. The team consists of players ranging in age from 17 to 26, including two members of the Yugoslavia Senior National Team. Irvine guard Mike Hess, a transfer from the University of Texas, sprained his ankle in practice last Tuesday but is expected to play tonight.
January 9, 1987 |
On the night they traded in broken-down and outdated Crawford Hall for spacious and shiny Bren Center, the UC Irvine Anteaters nearly eclipsed the greatest legend of the tiny gym that housed them for 20 years. Kevin Magee's school one-game scoring record of 46 points barely survived Thursday's Bren Center opener, a 118-96 Irvine victory over Utah State.
January 13, 1986
The UC Irvine women's basketball team held off United States International University in the final seconds for an 80-79 nonconference victory Sunday at Crawford Hall. Erin Higashi made two free throws with 21 seconds left to give the Anteaters (8-5) an 80-77 lead. But USIU's Toya DeCree was fouled with 14 seconds left and she made two free throws to make it 80-79. The Gulls (10-5) then fouled Valerie Dehn, who missed her shot.
January 11, 1996
Waiting almost two hours for Alanis Morissette to show at UC Irvine last week was no problem for the lucky 2,000 who held tickets to the sold-out concert. They passed the time in line kicking hacky sacks, getting to know the fans next to them or working on their Alanis worship.
December 21, 1986 |
They closed the book on The Library Saturday night. Crawford Hall, that little cement box that used to pass as UC Irvine's basketball arena, has seen the Anteaters for the final time. The next home game Irvine plays will be housed in the sleek and chic Donald Bren Events Center, the 5,000-seat facility that has been two years and $15 million in the making. Such is progress.