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Big West Conference Tournament Recaps
(Friday, March 14th)

Final Score: Cal Poly 61, UC Irvine 58

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Eversley and Dave Nwaba each tallied 14 points as the Cal Poly Mustangs outlasted the UC Irvine Anteaters, 61-58, in a Big West Conference Tournament semifinal contest at the Honda Center.

Eversley added seven rebounds, and Nwaba shot a near-perfect 4-of-5 from the floor, adding 6-of-6 from the free-throw line for seventh-seeded Cal Poly (12-19), which will advance to the Big West championship contest to face the fifth-seeded Cal State Northridge Matadors. Brian Bennett netted 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win.

Will Davis II scored a game-high 18 points for UC Irvine (23-11), adding nine rebounds to his stat line. Alex Young chipped in 12 points, and Luke Nelson dished out a team-high five assists in the loss.

Cal Poly connected on 43.3 percent of its field goal tries in the first half, and went 3-of-9 from 3-point range to take a slim 31-29 lead at the intermission. UC Irvine shot 52.4 percent from the field in the frame, and hit 4-of-5 from 3-point range.

The Mustangs slightly improved their shooting accuracy in the second half to 47.6 percent from the floor, hitting a perfect 2-of-2 from long range and added 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. The Anteaters dropped their shooting percentage down to 42.9, and hit just 1-of-9 from 3-point distance. Cal Poly increased its lead by a single point in the period, just barely edging out UC Irvine for the win.

Cal Poly had the advantage in points off turnovers, 16-3, and in bench scoring, 18-9. UC Irvine won the battle in points in the paint, 30-18.

Final Score: Cal State Northridge 82, Long Beach State 77

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Stephan Hicks scored 27 points and hit a perfect 13-of-13 from the free-throw line as his Cal State Northridge Matadors edged out the Long Beach State 49ers, 82-77, in the semifinal round of the Big West Conference Tournament at the Honda Center.

Josh Greene netted 21 points with four rebounds and five assists for seventh- seeded CS Northridge (17-17), which will advance to the Big West Tournament championship game Saturday to face the fifth-seeded Cal Poly Mustangs. Stephen Maxwell tallied a double-double in the win Friday with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Tre Hale-Edmerson added 11 points of his own.

Mike Caffey scored 19 points on 5-of-21 shooting to pace Long Beach State (15-17), while Tyler Lamb and A.J. Spencer each chipped in 16 points in the loss. David Samuels contributed a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the 49ers.

Cal State Northridge dominated in the first half, netting 54.8 percent of its shot attempts from the floor, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. The Matadors took a convincing 44-32 lead into the locker rooms at the intermission after Long Beach State shot just 38.5 percent from the field, including 3-of-11 from 3-point distance.

The teams flip-flopped their success in the second half, as the Matadors netted 33.3 percent of their field goal tries, including 0-of-5 from deep, while the 49ers hit on 50 percent of their shots in the period. But a 22-6 edge at the free-throw line in the half for the Matadors saved their season, especially when the score was tight down the stretch.

CS Northridge held the edge from the charity stripe in the contest, 28-15, and had more makes (28) than Long Beach State had attempts (25). The Matadors also had a slight advantage in rebounding, 37-30. The 49ers won the battle in points off turnovers, 16-8.

03/15 03:10:59 ET

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