IRVINE, Calif. — Evan Leonard hit five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points — both career highs — and Eyassu Worku added 20 points and six assists to help UC Irvine beat Long Beach State 86-73 on Saturday night.
John Edgar Jr. had career highs with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Max Hazzard scored 14 points for Irvine (6-12, 1-1 Big West).
Edgar hit a 3-pointer that gave the Anteaters the lead, 5-4, for good and sparked a 16-2 run over the next four-plus minutes. LBSU (7-11, 1-1) made just 1 of 7 from the field during that stretch. Hazzard scored eight points, including two 3-pointers, Edgar capped the spurt with a 3 that made it 18-6 and UCI led by double figures the rest of the way.
Gabe Levin led Long Beach State with 20 points and Temidayo Yussuf scored 14.
UCI shot 52.8 percent (19 of 36) from the field, and hit 11 of its 14 3-pointers, in the first half.