The Irvine Valley men's basketball team bounced back from its first loss in Orange Empire Conference play with a 76-62 win at Fullerton on Friday night.
The Lasers suffered their first conference loss on Wednesday, falling to Cypress, 77-68.
In that contest, IVC led at the half by seven points (29-22), but gave up 55 points in the second half to a dangerous Charger team. The Lasers took care of business throughout on Friday at Fullerton to improve their record to 19-4 overall and 6-1 in conference.
IVC led, 25-23, at the 10 minute mark. Irvine Valley took control of the game soon after and took a 43-30 lead into halftime.
The Lasers were never really threatened in the second half. Irvine Valley was led by freshman guard Ramon Mejia, who finished with 21 points. He was 8 of 14 from the field and 5 of 9 from three-point range.
The Lasers hit 9 of 22 (40.9 percent) from three-point range as a team. Sophomore center Ephraim Ekanem added 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting from the field. Ekanem also had eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Travis Fulton contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds and freshman guard Kalob Hatcher also had 13 points.
Irvine Valley also out-rebounded Fullerton, 36-22, in the contest.
"We played good, but not great," IVC Coach Jerry Hernandez said. "I thought we played good defense in spots. What I was pleased with was how well we rebounded the ball."
The Lasers remained in first place in conference with the win. With Riverside beating Saddleback on Friday, the Lasers hold a one-game lead over Riverside and Saddleback in the standings. IVC hosts two games this week.
The Lasers take on Orange Coast on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and then Santa Ana on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Box Score