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Great Britain Under-20 Luke Nelson poured in a career-high 29 points to lead UC Irvine over UC Riverside, 84-68, in a Big West Conference game before 4,233 at the Bren Events Center Saturday night.
Nelson became the fourth British player in the US college system to register a career-high this week (following on from Teddy Okereafor, Adam Thoseby and Kofi Josephs), as he went 10 of 15 from the field, including 4 of 5 on threes, plus was 5 of 5 from the free throw line.
It was Luke Nelson's world tonight, and we were all a part of it. Take a look: pic.twitter.com/0OzukU1dpG
— UCI M Basketball (@UCImbb) January 10, 2016
“When Luke shoots the ball like that, it makes it easier for everybody,” said Head Coach Russell Turner after the game.
Nelson is now 8 of 10 on threes in the past two games, and is averaging 12.7 points, 3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game on the season.
The Anteaters improved to 13-5 overall and 2-0 in the Big West. Fellow GB guard Alex Young had nine points, four rebounds and four assists.