March 14, 1992 |
There were 22 seconds left when Khari Johnson and Elgin Rogers and some of the other players on UC Irvine's bench started lifting their jerseys to show the T-shirts underneath. "I think we can," the shirts read. "UCI basketball." They could, and what was more, they did. The Anteaters, who entered the Big West Conference tournament with a 6-21 record, pulled off an 88-67 upset of top-seeded UC Santa Barbara in the first round Friday night in front of 4,134 at Long Beach Arena.
November 20, 1991
Senior guard Gerald McDonald scored 16 points as UC Irvine defeated the Trencin club of Czechoslovakia, 81-49, in a basketball exhibition Tuesday night. Craig Marshall scored 14 points and David Hollaway added 13 for Irvine. Josef Durcek led Trencin with 20 points and 11 rebounds. UCI's exhibition record is 2-0. Trencin remains winless after seven games in California.
February 7, 1992 |
With his players offering him razors in the midst of the locker room celebration, UC Irvine Coach Rod Baker shaved his 3 1/2-week-old beard after Irvine broke an 11-game losing streak with a 76-68 Big West Conference victory over Fresno State Thursday night before 1,533 in the Bren Center. Baker vowed on Jan. 11 not to shave until the Anteaters won.
June 22, 1991 |
Rick Swanwick, a reserve center who has been considering leaving the UC Irvine basketball program since last season, has told Irvine Coach Rod Baker that he is transferring to Rancho Santiago College. "It didn't turn out as I had hoped at Irvine, so I decided to move on," said Swanwick, a 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman who was bothered by an injury to his Achilles' tendon last season. He appeared in 13 games, averaging fewer than three minutes a game.
March 1, 1992 |
Pacific spoiled UC Irvine's hopes of clinching a Big West Conference tournament berth Saturday night, defeating the Anteaters, 79-66, at the Irvine Bren Center. Dell Demps scored 23 points and Tony Amundsen added 17 as the Tigers (11-14, 7-9) beat the Anteaters for the sixth consecutive time. An Irvine victory would have sealed a playoff berth in the eight-team conference tournament. The Anteaters hold a 1 1/2-game lead over San Jose State, a 82-75 loser to Cal State Fullerton Saturday night.
January 26, 1992 |
A UC Irvine team that had lost eight games in a row threatened to stop its slide against UC Santa Barbara Saturday at the Bren Center. Irvine, playing like a team that has found itself, led by 10 points with seven minutes to play before Santa Barbara came back for a 61-59 Big West Conference victory in front of 3,326. Irvine's Gerald McDonald, who led the Anteaters with 17 points, had a chance to tie the score with 2.