1978–79 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team

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1978–79 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball
ConferencePacific Coast Athletic Association
1978–79 record9–17 [note 1] (3–11 PCAA)
Head coachTim Tift (10th season)
Home arenaCrawford Hall
Seasons
1978–79 Pacific Coast Athletic Association men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Pacific 11 3   .786     18 12   .600
Utah State 9 5   .643     19 11   .633
Fresno State 9 5   .643     16 12   .571
Cal State Fullerton 7 7   .500     16 11   .593
Long Beach State 7 7   .500     16 12   .571
UC Santa Barbara[note 2] 6 8   .429     12 15   .444
San Jose State 4 10   .286     7 20   .259
UC Irvine[note 3] 3 11   .214     9 19   .321
1979 PCAA Tournament winner
As of March 18, 1978[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978–79 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team represented the University of California, Irvine during the 1978–79 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was the program's second season in Division I and 14th season overall. The Anteaters were led by tenth year head coach Tim Taft and played their home games at Crawford Hall as members of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association. They finished the season 9–17 and were 3–11 in PCAA play to finish 8th place. The anteaters were invited to the 1979 PCAA Tournament as the eighth seed where they lost to the Pacific Tigers in the first round.

Previous season[edit]

In their inaugural season as a Division I program, the 1977–78 Anteaters finished with a record of 8–17 and 2–12 PCAA play. The anteaters started the season with a record of 5–5, achieving their first victory as a Division I program against the Chico State Wildcats and their first victory versus a fellow Division I program against the Boise State Broncos. The anteaters struggled for the remainder of the season, going 3–12, and ended the year on a six game losing streak.

Off-season[edit]

Incoming transfer[edit]

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Lester Jones G 6'0" N/A Jr. N/A Junior college transfer from Foothill Junior College[2]
Victor Conyers F 6'7" N/A Jr. N/A Junior college transfer from San Jose City College[2]

1978 Recruiting Class[edit]

Source:[2]

Roster[edit]

1978–79 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G Robbie Beal 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Fr
C Bret Bell 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
So
C Phil Bolden 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Sr
G Louis Bremond 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Fr
F Quentin Brown 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
So
F Victor Conyers 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Jr
C Lamont Jerrett 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
G Lester Jones 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Jr
G Rick Jurk 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
So
F Sam Maduro 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Jr
F Steve McGuire 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Sr
F Steve Rodgers 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Jr
G Mark Sullivan 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Head coach

Tim Taft (Pepperdine)

Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: July 19,2017

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular season
November 27, 1978*
Portland L 58–86  0–1
Crawford Hall[3] (755)
Irvine, CA
November 28, 1978*
Northern Arizona W 57–56 OT 1–1
Crawford Hall (682)
Irvine, CA
December 2, 1978*
at Saint Mary's L 56–67  1–2
McKeon Pavilion (1,000)
Moraga, CA
December 9, 1978*
at Puget Sound L 49–62  1–3
 (800)
Tacoma, WA
December 11, 1978*
at Seattle Pacific W 57–47  2–3
 (500)
Seattle, WA
December 14, 1978*
at Portland L 66–82  2–4
Howard Hall (1,089)
Portland, OR
December 29, 1978*
vs. Puget Sound
Gaucho Tournament
L 49–64  2–5
Robertson Gymnasium (2,900)
Santa Barbara, CA
December 30, 1978*
vs. San Diego
Gaucho Tournament
L 59–70  2–6
Robertson Gymnasium (2,900)
Santa Barbara, CA
January 4, 1979*
MacMurray College W 107–57  3–6
Crawford Hall (525)
Irvine, CA
January 6, 1979*
7:30 PM
Portland State W 63–51  4–6
Crawford Hall (525)
Irvine, CA
January 11, 1979
at Long Beach State L 58–83  4–7
(0–1)
Long Beach Arena (3,769)
Long Beach, CA
January 13, 1979
8:05 PM
at UC Santa Barbara  63–66 [4]  4–8
(0–2)
Robertson Gymnasium (3,100)
Santa Barbara, CA
January 16, 1979*
7:30 PM
Loyola Marymount L 54–55  4–9
Crawford Hall (875)
Irvine, CA
January 18, 1979
7:30 PM
Pacific L 54–64  4–10
(0–3)
Crawford Hall (748)
Irvine, CA
January 20, 1979
7:30 PM
Fresno State L 63 –64  4–11
(0–4)
Crawford Hall (842)
Irvine, CA
January 25, 1979
Cal State Fullerton L 57–73  4–12
(0–5)
Crawford Hall (1,552)
Irvine, CA
January 28, 1979
5:00 PM
at Cal State Fullerton L 55–76  4–13
(0–6)
Titan Gym (2,909)
Fullerton, CA
February 1, 1979
at San Jose State W 62–61 OT 5–13
(1–6)
Spartan Gym (991)
San Jose, CA
February 3, 1979
at Utah State L 54–65  5–14
(1–7)
Smith Spectrum (8,279)
Logan, UT
February 8, 1979
Utah State W 56–54  6–14
(2–7)
Crawford Hall (878)
Irvine, CA
February 10, 1979
7:30 PM
San Jose State W 80–71  7–14
(3–7)
Crawford Hall (1,005)
Irvine, CA
February 15, 1979
at Fresno State L 44–55  7–15
(3–8)
Selland Arena (5,991)
Fresno, CA
February 17, 1979
at Pacific L 53–73  7–16
(3–9)
Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium (2,800)
Stockton, CA
February 22, 1979
7:30 PM
UC Santa Barbara  61–63 [4]  7–17
(3–10)
Crawford Hall (878)
Irvine, CA
February 24, 1979
Long Beach State L 63–64  7–18
(3–11)
Crawford Hall (1,525)
Irvine, CA
PCAA Tournament
March 1, 1979*
vs. Pacific
Quarterfinals
L 52–57  7–19
Anaheim Convention Center (7,470)
Anaheim, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

Source[5] [6]

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • Louis Bremond
    • PCAA All-Freshman Team[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ UC Santa Barbara was forced to vacated all wins during the 1978–79 season, the UC Irvine record books officially counts their two losses against UC Santa Barbara as wins.
  2. ^ UC Santa Barbara was forced to vacated all wins during the 1978–79 season due to the use of ineligible players. UC Santa Barbara Record Book still includes win and loss totals.
  3. ^ Two losses against UC Santa Barbara included in win count per UC Irvine Record Book.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1978-79 Pacific Coast Athletic Association Season Summary". Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Weyler, John (1978-11-24). "UC Irvine's Time Tift: He Can't Get No Respect". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, CA. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  3. ^ Weyler, John (1978-11-28). "Portland pounces on UCI, 86-58". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, CA. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  4. ^ a b "The Newswire: UC Santa Barbara Basketball Placed on Probation". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, CA. 1980-10-11. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  5. ^ "UC Irvine Men's Basketball Record Book" (PDF). UC Irvine Sports. UC Irvine Athletics. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Final 1979 Cumulative Basketball Statistics Report" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "Big West Conference men's basketball record book" (PDF). bigwest.org. Big West Conference. Retrieved July 19, 2017.