Giving up 115 points to a Division III squad, and losing
, pretty much ensures that you'll be a punchline for the remainder of your season -- quite possibly for the remainder of the decade. But two and a half weeks since R'Side lost to Puget Sound 115-111, they stunned the Pacific Tigers, embarrassing the two-time Sweet 16'ers on their home court. Not only was this a bad way for Pacific (9-5, 0-1) to start conference play, it broke their streak of 31 consecutive regular season Big West wins.
The Highlanders used a ferocious up-tempo attack to pull the upset against a team that had its usual solid showing, but it was the all-world performance of a 6'3" guard from Fountain Valley, Ca. that put the Highlanders over the top. Porter scored 40 points, just over half from beyond the arc (7/7 from three), and came just two short of the UC-Riverside record. Will this win negate the Puget Sound D3 sting? Either way, UCR wil always be the Inland Empire's Division I home team.
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