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Clock Runs Out on Riverside

From the peak of UC Riverside’s first road conference win in a coon’s age over Long Beach State last weekend to the valley of yet another heart-breakingly close home loss, the Highlanders are living the drama that comes with being a contendah.

When no one expected them to win, anytime they did was a pleasant surprise. Now that UCR is  in the thick of most games these days, with the guys believing they can — expecting to — win, losses are harder to swallow. The Northridge loss, in which Riverside coughed up a big second-half lead, and last night’s loss to the Eaters, in which they erased a 16-point second-half deficit to briefly lead, only to have UCI shut the door down the stretch, were both gut-wrenching.

The Eaters did what the Niners couldn’t — hit their buckets. Especially Michael Hunter (19 points) and Kevin Bland (17 points on 8-for-8 from the field).  That’s legit.

Kyle Austin poured in a game-high 21 — this guy has to be a lock on first-team All Big West, no? Jessie LoBue and Aaron Scott had a dozen each in support. It’s also worth mentioning that attendance at the Echo Chamber topped 1,000 in what was the largest crowd of the season. People are strating to believe.

The Highlanders fall to 3-4 in Big West play and now face the always-tough  Josh Akognon and Co. in Fullerton on Saturday night. 

Pub Wisdom Predicts: Cal State Fullerton 72, UC Riverside 66

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