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Aloha Means Goodbye


Larry Cunningham: UCR’s new all-time leading scorer.

Welcome to Cali, Rainbow Warriors. Now take that WAC junk with you and go home — and consider your bracket busted. You better win the WAC tournament, because otherwise there’s no way you’ll be dancing come March with a loss to the lowly Highlanders on your rez.

Sometimes, playing the spoiler can help get you through the dark times. On a weekend that saw UC Riverside’s baseball team open up its 2008 campaign on Friday with a 2-out, walk-off double for a 3-2 win over visiting University of Washington (more on this soon — promise), the men’s basketball team also delivered on Saturday with a 79-62 ESPNU Bracketbuster win over visiting Hawaii. Alo-fuggin-ha.

Much credit is due to Larry Cunningham, whose 31-point performance propelled him past Howard Lee’s long-standing record to become UCR’s all-time leading scorer. Hat’s off, Larry. After some rough times, it seems as if there’s some measure of payoff coming your way this season — let’s channel that into a few wins at the Anaheim Convention Center and a magical March, huh? It was a team effort, however, as four Highlanders scored in double figures.

Sniff, sniff… what’s that? Michoacan? Nope. What your smelling is a bona fide win streak. Two in a row, baby, and against teams that are nuttin’ to sneeze at for Rivi. The game was closer than the score would lead you to believe, it seems (I wasn’t there — battling through the loser’s bracket to the doubles finals of a beer-pong tournament — more on this soon too), but UC Riverside once again jumped out to a commanding early lead. I like this early-lead trend, and I like this new Wooldridge math: ball movement + rebounding + tight D + patience on O + made free throws = competitiveness.

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  Ruby wrote @

Oh, but we love Hawaii.

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