SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Collin Welp came off the bench to post a game-high 12 points and UC Irvine used a big second-half run to overcome a deficit and pull away for a 61-49 win against Santa Clara men's basketball on Thursday night.
Neither team shot well from the field, but the Anteaters out-rebounded the Broncos (44-34) and scored 32 points in the paint.
UC Irvine (4-0) held the Broncos (0-2) to 26 percent shooting from the floor in the second half and 30 percent overall while connecting at a 46-percent clip in the final 20 minutes.
Welp, a 6-foot-9 freshman, went 5 of 11 from the floor and contributed three assists and three steals. Guards Eyassu Worku and Max Hazzard each added 11 points for UC Irvine, which has won seven straight on the road, dating to last season.
The Broncos led 32-27, but Welp helped key a 9-0 run, that was part of 19-3 flurry, with a pair of layups.
The lead grew to 57-43 on a 3-pointer from Worku. A dunk by Zeke Richards pulled the Broncos within eight, but there was only 1:26 left in the game.
Feagin, the team's leading scorer a year ago, was harassed by the UC Irvine defense throughout the game. He scored just six points on 2-for-6 shooting after starting the game with a pair of 3-pointers.
HIGHLIGHTS | Strong inside presence from freshmen Guglielmo Caruso and Zeke Richards (plus a nice pass from another freshman, Trey Wertz) on these plays tonight! #StampedeAhead #SCUBroncos pic.twitter.com/O0AS2v2rAu— Santa Clara Men's Basketball (@SantaClaraHoops) November 16, 2018