Martin, UC Irvine beat South Dakota State 73-58
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) Jaron Martin had four 3-pointers and a career-high 24 points and UC Irvine beat South Dakota State 73-58 in the opening game of the Sanford Pentagon Showcase on Monday night.
The Anteaters (1-1) scored the first eight points, never trailed and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half.
Martin finished 4 of 9 from 3-point range and 10 of 19 overall from the field. Jonathan Galloway grabbed 14 boards and blocked four shots – both career highs.
After the Jackrabbits (0-2) closed to 52-40, UC Irvine had a 17-5 run to build its largest lead at 69-45.
South Dakota tied it twice in the first half but the Anteaters had a 10-0 run to pull away.
Skyler Flatten had 12 points and Reed Tellinghuisen scored 11. South Dakota State shot 28.8 percent (17 of 59) from the field and 16.7 percent (5 of 30) on 3-point attempts.