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UC-Irvine takes WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational over Norfolk 82-60

Junior center Mamadou Ndiaye had 21 points and junior guard Luke Nelson scored 17 to lead UC Irvine over Norfolk State, 80-62, in the championship game of the 54th annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, Texas, Tuesday night.

Senior forward Mike Best and junior guard Jaron Martin added 10 each as the Anteaters improved to 10-4 overall, the program’s best start since a similar record to open the 2002-03 season.

Tuesday’s victory was the 100th career win for sixth-year head coach Russell Turner at UCI.

Norfolk St VS UC Irvine-13Nelson, who scored 16 points in Monday’s win over Sam Houston State, was named the tournament MVP after averaging 16.5 points in the two victories.  He added four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in Tuesday’s victory.

Ndiaye, who also had nine rebounds and five blocked shots in the championship game, was named to the all-tournament team.

Redshirt freshman forward Jonathan Galloway also pulled down a career-high nine boards and scored seven points.  Senior guard Alex Young had six assists as he is one shy of tying Raimonds Miglinieks for the UCI career record at 475.

Senior guard Aaron Wright scored six points and recorded five rebounds, three steals and two assists.  SeniorDominique Dunning added five points and three assists while junior post Ioannis Dimakopoulos scored four points.

Norfolk St VS UC Irvine-10Tuesday’s title came one year to the day since the Anteaters won the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas last Dec. 22.

Jeff Short led Norfolk State (5-8) with a game-high 24 points Tuesday while Charles Oliver added 18.

Trailing 12-10 early in the game, UCI went on a 22-4 run over a span of less than 10 minutes to take a 16-point lead at 32-16 on a three by Nelson with 5:42 left in the first half.

UCI, which led 39-23 at halftime, built its largest lead of the night at 77-52 on a basket by Ndiaye with 4:43 remaining.

The Anteaters, who outrebounded the Spartans, 47-33, shot 53 percent in the first half and 47 percent for the game.  Norfolk State shot 28 percent from the field as UCI improved to 8-0 this season when limiting the opposition to under 40 percent.

UCI travels to No. 2 Kansas next Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. (PT) game on ESPNU.

Author: UC-Irvine Athletics

2015 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational set for tip-off Monday

The 54th edition of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is set for tip-off on Dec. 21-22, with four games scheduled to be played at the Don Haskins Center.

Game 1 is Monday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. (MT) with Sam Houston State taking on UC-Irvine. Game 2 follows at 7 p.m. (MT) as Norfolk State faces UTEP.

The winners of Game 1 and Game 2 meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the championship game, and the consolation game is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Tickets for the 2015 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational are on sale at the Sun Bowl Association office or the ticket office at the Don Haskins Center.

Scouting Sam Houston State

The Bearkats (4-5) out of the Southland Conference will be making their second appearance at the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, as they went 1-1 in the 2010 tournament. This season, Sam Houston State has garnered wins against St. Thomas, Bethune Cookman, Sul Ross, LeTourneau and lost an overtime decision to Southern Illinois. The Bearkats also faced Texas Tech and SMU, who both were top-20 teams, on the road.

Sam Houston State averages 78.4 points per game and is being led by junior guard Dakari Henderson, who puts up 15.5 points per game.

Scouting UC-Irvine

The Anteaters from the Big West Conference are currently 7-4 and face Chapman on Friday, before heading to El Paso to make their first appearance at the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational. UC-Irvine is among the favorites to win the Big West this season, mainly in part of 7-foot-6 junior center Mamadou Ndiaye’s play. Ndiaye is leading the team in points and rebounds, as he’s averaging 12.3 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game.

UC-Irvine defeated ACC opponent Boston College, 80-67, on Nov. 27 and took down Utah State, 73-63, last Saturday.

Scouting Norfolk State 

The Spartans of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference look to go into their second WestStar Bank Don Haskins Invitational appearance with momentum as they face Evansville on Thursday night. Norfolk State currently garners a 4-6 record with wins against Washington Adventist, Northern Arizona, Mercy College and Coppin State. The Spartans are led by redshirt senior guard Jeff Short, who is averaging 16.0 points per game this season.

Scouting UTEP

The Miners, of Conference USA, average 78.0 points per game and will face New Mexico State at home on Saturday before making their record 31st WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational appearance. They will also look to snap a three-game losing streak against NMSU. UTEP is currently 6-3 and has garnered solid wins against Southern Illinois (Nov. 27) and Colorado State (Nov. 28).

Junior guard Lee Moore leads UTEP with 16.3 points per game, as senior center Hooper Vint leads the team in rebounds with 6.0 per game.

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