Irvine, CA (Sports Network) - Adam Folker tallied 16 points and nine rebounds as the UC Irvine Anteaters won a defensive struggle against the Cal Poly Mustangs, 52-45, in Big West Conference action at the Bren Events Center.
Daman Starring added 12 points for UCI (11-11, 5-4 Big West), which had lost its previous two games.
For Cal Poly (9-10, 5-4), Chris Eversley was the lone player in double figures with 15 points. The Mustangs have lost four of their last six games.
Neither team shot greater than 36 percent in the first half, but Cal Poly was able to take a 25-21 lead into intermission by draining 4-of-8 from 3-point range.
Trailing 45-44 with less than two minutes to play, UCI closed the game out on an 8-0 run (on 8-of-8 from the free-throw line) to capture the victory.
The Anteaters outscored the Mustangs in the paint, 26-16.