Tiger Who?

Highlanders Feed Eaters a Loss

The UC Riverside mens’  basketball team made another step in its Big West maturation Wednesday night by pummeling UC Irvine early, then staving off a fierce Eater rally late. The Highlanders made 11 of 13 free throws down the stretch  to seal the deal, 85-76, at the Student Rec Center.

Once UCR established its competitiveness with the likes of Long Beach State and Cal Poly, Pub Wisdom previously called out UCI as next in the crosshairs in the Highlanders’ journey north, both in the standings and in respect from conference opponents. Well, check that one off the list, as the Jim Wooldridge-led Highlanders gave our old friend Pat Douglass fits that no doubt stirred memories for him of the classic UCR-Cal State Bakersfield wars the two teams fought for dominance back in the Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association days. I love this excerpt from the Daily Pilot’s coverage:

Douglass, like his players, showed visible signs of frustration in the first half. He went to a zone, called numerous timeouts, and substituted liberally, trying to find a way to snap his team out of its funk.

The Highlanders remain tied with Long Beach State at second-bottom in the Big West but on pace to qualify for the conference tournament. UC Davis would stay home, excluded from the 8-team tournament, if the season ended today.


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