Down To The Wire

Dec. 28, 2000

SEATTLE (AP) - Sean Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining to put UCIrvine ahead, and the Anteaters held on for a 56-55 victory over Washington onWednesday night.

Washington failed to convert on either of two chances to win in the finalseconds. Bryan Brown made only one of three throw attempts with 2.4 secondsremaining, then Will Perkins rebounded Brown's final miss, but his desperationshot was off the mark.

Malachi Edmond scored 14 points and Ben Jones ten for UC Irvine (7-2).

Perkins scored 17 points while Marlon Shelton had 13 rebounds and scored 11points for Washington (6-5).

The Anteaters are off to their best start since opening the 1981-82 seasonwith a 9-0 record.

After shooting 31.8 percent from the field in the first half and trailing by12 points at the half, Washington found the range during a 15-2 run at thestart of the second half.

Perkins scored eight points during the run and capped it with a ten-footjumper that gave Washington a 35-34 lead with 14:17 remaining in the game.

There were seven more lead changes, the final one occurring on Jackson's3-pointer.

Brown was attempting a 30-foot 3-pointer when he was fouled by Edmond withUC Irvine leading 56-54 and 2.4 second remaining in the game. Brown made thefirst, but missed the next two free throws.

It was the first meeting between the two schools.

There were eight lead changes in the first half before UC Irvine tookcommand with a 17-4 run late in the half. During the run, over a span of tenminutes, Washington hit only one of 13 shots from the field.

An Edmond steal and layup with one second left in the half gave UC Irvine a32-20 halftime lead.

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