UC Irvine has 6 reach double figures, beats Whittier 112-65 (Nov 29, 2017)

BY AP • November 30, 2017

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) Evan Leonard and Tommy Rutherford scored 16 points apiece to lead six UC Irvine players in double figures and help the Anteaters beat Division III Whittier 112-65 on Wednesday night.

Eyassu Worku had 14 points and seven assists, John Edgar Jr. scored 12 points and Justin Wertner and Darrian Traylor added 11 apiece for UC Irvine (4-5). The Anteaters, who came in averaging 72.1 points per game with a previous season high of 91, shot 62 percent (41 of 66) from the field.

Worku hit a 3-pointer to make it 13-2, added another in a 7-0 run to open a 24-11 lead 8 1/2 minutes in and UC Irvine never trailed. Whittier trimmed its deficit to eight points on Victor Nwaba's layup with 2:09 left in the first half, but Edgar sandwiched a pair of layups around a 3-pointer by Traylor to make it 49-22 at the break. The Poets stayed within striking range until UC Irvine used a 20-0 break to lead 89-55 and Wertner converted a 3-point play to make it 109-60 with a minute left.

Nwaba had 13 points, Joey Toyama 12 and Nick Potthoff 11 for Whittier.

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