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Men's Basketball

UC Irvine Falls at Illinois State, 85-71, in NIT


Senior guards Jaron Martin and Luke Nelson scored 24 and 17 points, respectively, but UC Irvine fell to Illinois State, 85-71, in the NIT first round at Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena in Normal, Ill., Wednesday night.

Martin was 9 of 17 from the field, including 5 of 10 on threes, as he registered his 10th 20-point game of the season for UCI, which finishes with a 21-15 overall mark.

Martin ends his career No. 6 on the UCI all-time list with 190 treys and he scored 1,062 points, the 27th Anteater player to reach 1,000.

Nelson also hit 5 of 10 threes as he extended his top mark in UCI history to 258 triples. His 17 points give him 1,531 for his career to rank No. 4 in the Anteater record book.

He had nine assists Wednesday night to end his career with 415, fourth-best in the UCI record book, and he registered a career-high five steals against the Redbirds to finish his career with 145 for No. 5 in Anteater history.