ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Will Davis II had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Mamadou Ndiaye also scored 18 points, leading UC Irvine to a 72-63 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night and a spot in the Big West Tournament championship game.
Luke Nelson added 14 points and seven assists for the Anteaters (20-12), who will face Hawaii in Saturday night’s title showdown.
Alan Williams had 24 points and 15 rebounds for UC Santa Barbara (19-12). John Green had 14 points and six rebounds before fouling out in the final minutes of regulation. The loss ended a six-game winning streak by the Gauchos.
Santa Barbara had a chance to pull it out at the end of regulation, but Zalmico Harmon missed a 3-pointer and Williams missed a jumper in the final 16 seconds with the score tied at 59.