RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Collin Welp scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and UC Irvine defeated UC Riverside 73-67 on Saturday night.
Riverside led 39-35 at halftime and it extended its lead when Arinze Chidom scored a layup and Zyon Pullin buried a 3-pointer.
Irvine (11-7, 7-3 Big West Conference) responded with an 11-0 run, and Welp’s layup at the end of it made it 46-44 for the Anteaters. After the lead exchanged hands, finally, Welp’s layup with 4:18 left made it 63-61 and Irvine led the rest of the way.
Chidom scored 17 points for the Highlanders (9-5, 5-3) and Dominick Pickett scored 10.