UC Irvine 77, Marist 56

Derrick Strings came off the bench to score a career-high 17

points, leading four UC Irvine players in double figures in a 77-56

victory over winless Marist on Saturday night.

The Anteaters (3-3) cruised to a 32-20 halftime advantage and

led by as many as 24 in the second half.

Darren Moore had 15 points and four steals, Patrick Rembert

scored 12 points and Pavol Losonsky chipped in 11 for UC Irvine,

which shot 45.3 percent (24 of 53) from the field.

The Red Foxes (0-6), playing their first home game of the year,

still couldn’t get into the win column in a return game of last

season’s ESPNU BracketBusters contest, which UC Irvine won

66-65.

The Anteaters made 21 of 30 free throws, including 16 of 23 in

the second half, to pull away. UC Irvine also had a 40-33

rebounding advantage.

Anell Alexis and Jay Bowie led Marist with 13 points apiece and

Candon Rusin had 11.