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Rainbow Warriors Fall on the Road

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IRVINE – The Rainbow Warriors suffered their first conference loss Wednesday, losing to UC Irvine 68-64.  Gib Arnold's team entered the contest unbeaten in Big West play, at 3-0, but a determined Anteater squad made sure it wouldn't be 4-0.

UH, which got another strong effort from Vander Joaquim, took a 35-30 lead in the second half.  That would be their largest lead of the half.  Irvine immediately responded with a 7-0 run to retake the advantage.

The two teams went back and forth down the stretch, with UH pulling ahead at 57-56 on an Isaac Fotu layup.  However, the ‘Eaters responded once again, using an 8-0 run to take the lead for good.

Joaquim led the way with 15 points and 7 rebounds.  Brandon Spearman and Christian Standhardinger each had 12.

The Rainbow Warriors will next play at Long Beach State on Saturday before returning to Hawaii.