UC Irvine moves on with 76-67 win over UC Riverside
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jaron Martin and Luke Nelson each scored 19 points, Jonathan Galloway grabbed 13 rebounds and No. 1-seeded UC Irvine beat UC Riverside 76-67 on Thursday night in the Big West Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
UC Irvine (20-13) will play the Hawaii-Long Beach State winner in the semifinals on Friday.
Tommy Rutherford's jumper with 11:56 remaining put the Anteaters on top 53-43. Chance Murray's 3-pointer started a 9-2 Highlanders' run, and UC Riverside closed to within three with 8:52 left. UC Irvine scored the next six points when Ioannis Dimakopoulos sandwiched a pair of jumpers between a Galloway layup and the Anteaters weren't threatened again.
UC Irvine owned a 45-28 rebounding edge and led for more than 37 minutes of the contest. The Anteaters have won seven of their last eight since losing three straight.
Updated March 9, 2017