'Eaters Travel to Oral Roberts for CIT 2nd Round Monday Night

Chris McNealy and the 'Eaters face Oral Roberts Monday night in Tulsa, Okla., in the CIT Second Round.
Chris McNealy and the 'Eaters face Oral Roberts Monday night in Tulsa, Okla., in the CIT Second Round.


IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine will play at Oral Roberts Monday in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Second Round.

Game time is 5:00 p.m. (PDT) at the Mabee Center (10,575) on the ORU campus in Tulsa, Okla.

Coach Russell Turner's Anteaters are coming off an 80-71 win over High Point in the CIT First Round Wednesday night at Crawford Court.

Sophomore post Will Davis II scored a career-high 32 points, hitting 13 of 18 field goals.  He added 14 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and the sixth of his career.

He scored 18 of his points in the first half in leading the 'Eaters to a 37-29 lead at the break.

Senior Daman Starring and junior Chris McNealy added 11 points each, and freshman point guard Alex Young scored 10 as UCI improved to 21-15 overall.

UCI has won nine of its last 11 games and 11 of the past 15.

The 21 wins are tied for third-most in UCI single-season history. The 2000-01 team won a school-record 25 games, the 1981-82 squad won 23 and this season ties the 21 wins recorded by the 2001-02 team.

This was the first postseason win for the UCI program since an 80-74 victory over UCLA at Pauley Pavilion in the 1986 NIT First Round.

UCI is making its first postseason appearance in 11 years this season since the 2001-02 team participated in the NIT.

Oral Roberts, led by 14th-year head coach Scott Sutton, defeated UT Arlington, 84-76, on the road Wednesday in the CIT First Round. 

Senior guard Warren Niles led the Golden Eagles (19-14) with 24 points, junior forward Shawn Glover scored 18 points, junior forward Steven Roundtree had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and senior forward Damen Bell-Holter added 15 points.

The UCI-ORU series is tied at 1-1.

Oral Roberts defeated UCI, 69-63, in the first meeting at Crawford Court Dec. 23, 1985.

The Anteaters topped the Golden Eagles, 92-91 in overtime, in Tulsa the next season (Dec. 6, 1986) on Frank Woods' tip-in at the buzzer.


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