Big West Conference Tournament Recaps
(Thursday, March 14th)
Final Score: Pacific 71, UC Santa Barbara 68
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - A layup by Travis Fulton with 17.4 seconds remaining turned out to be the game winner as the Pacific Tigers slipped by UC Santa Barbara, 71-68, in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament at the Honda Center.
Fulton finished with 11 points for the second-seeded Tigers (20-12) who now move on to the semifinals on Friday to play Cal Poly. Colin Beatty connected on 6-of-7 shots behind the 3-point line as he tallied a team-best 26 points and pulled down eight rebounds, followed by Lorenzo McCloud with 12 points, six boards and four assists.
The seventh-seeded Gauchos (11-20) were led by Michael Bryson who posted a game-high 29 points, hitting on 7-of-11 tries beyond the arc and all six attempts at the free-throw line. Taran Brown added 16 points and TJ Taylor 11 and five assists but Alan Williams, who entered the game leading the team in both scoring (17.6 ppg) and rebounding (10.7 rpg), was limited to just four points on 1-of-10 shooting before fouling out.
Pacific shot an impressive 57.7 percent from the floor in the first half, including a staggering 8-of-10 beyond the arc, eventually pushing the squad to a 19-point lead before holding a 40-25 edge at the break.
In the second half the Tigers dipped to only 9-of-27 (.333) shooting from the field, allowing UCSB to battle back and tie the score at 66-66 with under two minutes remaining. McCloud then converted 1-of-2 at the free-throw line and Fulton slipped in from the left baseline for a layup to make the score 69-66.
Following a dunk by Bryson with 11.8 seconds left in regulation, cutting the deficit to just a single point, 69-68, the game featured a few unusual twists. On the ensuing inbounds play McCloud was fouled along the sideline with 9.4 seconds to play, but he reacted by swinging his arm back and hitting Kyle Boswell in the head, resulting in a technical foul, a pair of free throws and possession for the Gauchos, but only after McCloud went to the charity stripe to shoot a couple of free throws.
McCloud failed to capitalize as he missed both attempts, opening the door for Boswell to give UCSB the lead, but he too missed two free throws. Again, trailing by a single point, the Gauchos got one more look for a possible game winner, but Bryson missed a 3-pointer from the right wing. Beatty knocked down a couple of shots at the stripe with 0.6 seconds to play in order to give Pacific a little breathing room.
In a game that featured six ties and four lead changes, Pacific survived with a 26-14 scoring edge in the paint.
Final Score: Cal Poly 64, UC Davis 41
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Dylan Royer scored a game-high 17 points as the Cal Poly Mustangs captured a convincing 64-41 win over the UC Davis Aggies in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament at the Honda Center.
Royer converted all five of his 3-point attempts and also accounted for five rebounds and three steals for the third-seeded Mustangs (18-12), while Drake U'u delivered 10 points. With the victory Cal Poly will now move on to the semifinals on Friday to face Pacific.
The sixth-seeded Aggies (14-17) failed to have a single player score in double figures, as Corey Hawkins exited in the second half with an ankle injury and was held far below his 20.9 ppg with a mere six points. Ryan Sypkens was the high man for UC Davis with nine points, but he shot just 2-of-11 from the floor.
A close game throughout the first 20 minutes of action, Cal Poly somehow came out ahead at the break, 20-19, even after shooting just 7-of-25 (.280) from the floor. The Aggies were limited to 8-of-22 from the floor in the period.
In the second half it was the same story for Davis (8-of-22), but Cal Poly picked up the pace in a big way by hitting on 51.6 percent from the field, including 5-of-10 beyond the arc, en route to the comfortable victory.
In a game that featured four ties and five lead changes, the Aggies were beaten on the glass, 39-27, and turned the ball over 14 times.
Final Score: Long Beach State 75, Cal State Fullerton 66
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Led by 15 points from Big West Player of the Year James Ennis, the top-seeded Long Beach State 49ers downed the No. 9 seed Cal State Fullerton Titans, 75-66, in a Big West Conference quarterfinal round matchup at the Honda Center.
Deng Deng added 12 points for the 49ers (19-12), Mike Caffey and Peter Pappageorge each chipped in with 10 points each and Dan Jennings pulled down 10 rebounds. LBSU moves on to the semifinals where they will face UC Irvine.
For the Titans (14-18), Kwame Vaughn and Alex Harris each scored a game-high 19 points and Jordan Knox finished with 12 points.
LBSU took a 41-31 lead into halftime by knocking down 53.6 percent of its field goal tries in the opening stanza, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range. CSF also shot the ball well, hitting on 52.2 percent from the field and 3-of-7 from 3-point distance.
In the second half, the 49ers continued their strong shooting, hitting on 63.6 percent from the field, but just 1-of-5 from 3-point range. The Titans made 46.4 percent from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point distance. The Titans got no closer than four in the second half, as the 49ers kept them at bay and secured the victory.
LBSU outscored the Titans in the paint, 40-30, and dominated on the boards, 37-18.
Final Score: UC Irvine 71, Hawaii 60
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Will Davis II paced six teammates in double figures with 13 points as the fourth-seeded UC Irvine Anteaters dismissed the fifth-seeded Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, 71-60, in the quarterfinal round of the Big West Tournament at the Honda Center.
Michael Wilder tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for UCI (19-14), which will play top-seeded Long Beach State in the semifinals on Friday. Travis Souza came off the bench to net 11 points, while Daman Starring, Chris McNealy and Alex Young each poured in 10 points.
For Hawaii (17-14), Vander Joaquim and Hauns Brereton lead all scorers with 18 points apiece, while Brereton added nine boards and four assists as well. Christian Standhardinger had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Rainbow Warriors, who have lost three straight.
UCI dominated the first half, outshooting Hawaii from the field, 58.3 percent to 26.5 percent, as it took a commanding 44-22 lead at intermission.
The tables were turned after the break, with the Anteaters slipping to 25 percent from the field and the Rainbow Warriors making 44.8 percent of their field goal attempts, but Hawaii could not undo its poor start.
UCI outscored Hawaii at the foul line, 23-12.
03/15 02:59:52 ET