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UC Irvine Midnight Madness
This Friday Night Too--(Oct. 10, 2000)

Midnight Madness will be coming to just about every D-I school in the Los Angeles area this year, with the exception of UCLA, and even the UC Irvine Anteaters are getting into the act.   The University put out a press release about their version of Midnight Madness, and here it is:

MIDNIGHT MAGIC' AT UC IRVINE FRIDAY NIGHT

IRVINE, Calif. --- The UC Irvine men's and women's basketball teams will be previewed Friday night (Oct. 13) during "Midnight Magic" in the Bren Events Center. 

Activities begin at 10:30 p.m. with a pre-party at the Bren Center's Berry Terrace sponsored by Power 106 FM. Outback Steakhouse will cater the event, with free food to the first 500 students. The first 1,000 students in attendance will receive a free basketball T-shirt courtesy of zAnteaters.com. 

The Bren Center arena doors will open at 11:15 p.m. with a variety of contests, including the Nestle Shoot-a-Shot for $10,000 from 3/4 court. At midnight, the men's and women's players and coaches will be introduced. Activities will include various drills, a slam-dunk contest and a "Battle of the Sexes" three-point shootout

Irvine's men's team will feature the following roster:

4   J.R. Christ   6-9   238 Jr C St. Louis, MO   Hutchinson CC 
5   Jerry Green   6-3   195 Jr G Pomona, CA   Pomona High School
11   Malachi Edmond   6-1   185 Sr G Long Beach, CA   Long Beach Poly High School
12   Stanislav Zuzak   6-9   220 Fr F Choduv, Chech Republic ASK Chomutov
13   Jordan Harris   6-5   218 Jr G Peoria, AZ   Colgate Univeristy
20   Mike Hood   6-3   185 Jr G Beaverton, OR   College of S. Idaho
21   Albert Miller   6-3   190 Jr G Gardena, CA   LA. City College
22   Aras Baskauskas   6-3   185 Fr G Santa Monica, CA   Santa Monica High School
24   Sean Jackson   6-5   210 Sr G Seaside, CA   University of Calif.
40   Matt Okoro   6-7   210 So F Westminster, CA   Buena Park High School
45   Ben Jones   6-7   220 Sr F La Habra, CA   Sonora High School
50   Dave Korfman   7-2   280 Jr C Boulder City, NV   Mira Costa College
55   Adam Parada   7-0   240 Fr C Alta Loma, CA   Alta Loma High School

The UC Irvine team played this summer on an eight day tour of Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, where they played several schools and teams, including Simon Fraser (which is the opener for Cal State Fullerton), going 4-0 on the trip. The Anteaters opened with a 102-58 victory over Simon Fraser University Aug. 24 behind 22 points and five assists from senior guard Malachi Edmond, who hit 6 of 6 from three-point range and was 8 of 9 overall. Junior guard Jerry Green added 19 points, while senior forward Ben Jones recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists as six different Anteaters scored in double digits.  Jones scored 23 points and Green 22 in a 93-76 win over Simon Fraser Aug. 27. Jones had six rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Green recorded seven assists. Redshirt freshman center Adam Parada added 15 points and five rebounds.  Jones scored 29 points, including seven in overtime, as UCI topped the Victoria All-Stars, 84-80, on Aug. 30. He was 11 of 19 from the floor and snared 10 rebounds. Green added 22 points, five assists and five steals. Green led the way with 25 points in a 78-67 win over Victoria Aug. 31 in the final game. He added six assists and four rebounds. Senior guard Sean Jackson scored 14 points, converting 4 of 8 three-pointers. The 7-foot Parada had 12 points and 20 rebounds, including seven off the offensive glass.  Green led the team in scoring for the trip, averaging 22 points per game. Jones averaged 19.3 points and 7.8 rebounds, Edmond averaged 13.5 points and Jackson 13. Parada averaged 11.5 points and 11 rebounds per game.

The men's schedule this year is also one of those good news-bad news kind of things:  The level of competition, and thus the number of "guaranteed" gate games has increased, but so has the level of competition. and Irvine wil be playing Cal,  UCLA, Washington, St. Mary's, University of the Pacific, but there will also be some easier games, like those scheduled against rising D-II UC San Diego (up from D-III this year), UC Riverside, LMU, Howard, South Dakota, and Belmont University.

If you're down in the Irvine area and want to see the team, as well as get some free food, come out to Bren and check it out. 

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