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Pacific 78, Cal State Northridge 66

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Eli Nolan scored 21 points and Mike Preston added 19 and a game-high 16 rebounds as Pacific defeated Cal State-Northridge 78-66 in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament.

Pacific (20-9) now advances to the semifinals and will face the winner of Idaho and Utah State.

Mike Hahn chipped in with 13 points for the Tigers, who will be looking to reach the tournament championship game for the second straight year.

Ian Boylan paced the Matadors (12-16) with 17 points and Markus Carr added 15 in the school's first ever Big West Conference Tournament appearance. Joe Frazier finished with 12 as the Matadors lost for the first time in five games.

Cal State-Northridge managed a 36-34 lead at intermission following a close first half.

However, Pacific claimed a 41-39 lead with 15:52 to play, then increased its lead to 59-45 following an 18-6 spurt. The Matadors couldn't rally and eventually lost by 12.

03/07 18:59:39 ET



(Thursday, March 7th)
From The Sports Network

Cal State Northridge (66)
Benjamin 2-8 0-1 4, Boylan 5-12 5-7 17, Welsch 1-4 1-2 3,
Carr 5-16 2-4 15, Frazier 4-7 3-5 12, Thomas 0-1 0-0 0,
Estavan 3-8 0-0 8, Myvett 0-0 0-0 0, Slaughter 2-5 1-2 7,
Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Reed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-61 12-21 66.

Pacific (78)
Metzger-Jones 1-3 0-0 3, Hahn 4-6 5-6 13, Preston 7-11 5-6 19,
McLemore 3-8 3-4 10, Jackson 1-3 10-13 12, Kiedrowski 0-3 0-0 0,
Bunts 0-0 0-0 0, Nolan 5-8 9-11 21, Mills 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 21-42 32-40 78.

Halftime - CS-Northridge 36-34. Three-Point goals - CS-Northridge 10-26
(Carr 3-9, Slaughter 2-4, Estavan 2-5, Boylan 2-7, Frazier 1-1),
Pacific 4-12 (Nolan 2-5, McLemore 1-1, Metzger-Jones 1-3, Jackson 0-1,
Kiedrowski 0-2). Rebounds - CS-Northridge 30 (Benjamin 10), Pacific 38
(Preston 16). Assists - CS-Northridge 10 (Boylan 4), Pacific 14
(McLemore 6). Total Fouls - CS-Northridge 27, Pacific 21. Fouled Out -
Welsch. Technicals - Davis, Jackson. Attendance - N/A.

 


Utah State 61, Idaho 41

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jeremy Vague scored 14 points to lead the Utah State Aggies to a 61-41 victory over the Idaho Vandals in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament. Utah State (22-6) will take on Pacific in the semifinals on Friday.

Desmond Penigar added 12 points for the Aggies, who won their second straight tournament championship a year ago with a victory over Pacific in the title game.

Matt Gerschefske and Rodney Hilaire each netted 10 points in defeat for Idaho (9-19), which is now 0-4 all-time in Big West Tournament games.

Utah State controlled the tempo in the first half and held a 24-15 advantage at the break.

Idaho, which managed only eight points over the first 8:11 of the second half, was never able to make a significant run over the final 20 minutes.

The Aggies shot 55.3 percent from the floor in the tilt and held the Vandals to 31.9 percent shooting. Also key for Utah State was that it racked up 15 assists while committing only nine turnovers.

Utah State is attempting to become the 15th top seed to win the Big West Tournament.

03/07 20:30:22 ET



(Thursday, March 7th)
From The Sports Network

Idaho (41)
Jenkins 1-6 2-3 4, Hilaire 5-12 0-2 10, Gerschefske 3-6 2-2 10,
Fletcher 1-5 0-0 3, Logan 1-6 0-0 3, Holmes 0-1 0-2 0,
Turner 2-5 0-1 5, Puckett 0-0 0-0 0, Howell 2-6 2-2 6.
Totals 15-47 6-12 41.

Utah State (61)
Penigar 6-9 0-0 12, Johnson 1-3 0-0 2, Vague 6-9 2-4 14,
Ross 3-8 0-1 8, T.Brown 3-8 0-0 8, Vincent 0-1 1-4 1,
Stowell 1-2 0-0 2, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, C.Brown 0-0 0-0 0,
Ray 2-2 2-2 6, Ahmad 3-3 0-0 6, Evans 1-2 0-0 2.
Totals 26-47 5-11 61.

Halftime - Utah State 24-15. Three-Point goals - Idaho 5-17
(Gerschefske 2-3, Turner 1-3, Fletcher 1-5, Logan 1-6), Utah
State 4-11 (Ross 2-3, T.Brown 2-6, Penigar 0-2). Rebounds -
Idaho 30 (Howell 7), Utah State 30 (Penigar, Vague 5).
Assists - Idaho 4 (Fletcher 2), Utah State 15 (T.Brown, C.Brown 3).
Total Fouls - Idaho 15, Utah State 13. Fouled Out - None.
Technicals - None. Attendance - 1,781.

 


UC Irvine 72, Long Beach State 65

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Jerry Green scored 23 points to lead UC-Irvine to a 72-65 win over Long Beach State in quarterfinal action of the Big West Conference Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center. The second-seeded Anteaters (21-9) move on to face UC-Santa Barbara in the semifinals.

Tony Darden scored 22 points to lead Long Beach State (13-17), while Travis Reed registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ron Johnson also added 13 points in the loss.

Adam Parada scored 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, while Jordan Harris finished with 15 points. Stanislav Zuzak finished with 10 points in the victory.

UC-Irvine held a small lead for most of the first half and went into the locker room with a 33-27 edge.

The Anteaters continued to push the advantage in the second half, but Long Beach State closed to within three points at 66-63 with 1:08 remaining before UC-Irvine ended the game on a 6-2 spurt to hang on for the win.

The 49ers shot 41 percent from the field, and were just 6-of-13 from the free throw line, while the Anteaters connected on 45.5 percent of their attempts from the floor and were 19-of-26 from the charity stripe.

03/08 02:12:42 ET



(Thursday, March 7th - Anaheim, CA)
From The Sports Network

Long Beach State (65)
Darden 8-12 1-3 22, Roberts 1-4 1-2 3, Reed 5-11 3-6 13,
Johnson 5-12 0-0 13, Darrett 4-14 0-0 9, Pearson 1-3 1-2 3,
Lawhorn 1-2 0-0 2, Jenkins 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 25-61 6-13 65.

UC Irvine (72)
Zuzak 3-9 4-4 10, Harris 5-7 2-4 15, Parada 7-14 3-4 17,
Green 7-16 9-11 23, Hood 2-5 0-0 4, Christ 1-2 0-1 2,
Baskauskas 0-1 0-0 0, Okoro 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 25-55 19-26 72.

Halftime - UC Irvine 33-27. Three-Point goals - Long Beach St 9-25 (Darden
5-9, Johnson 3-8, Darrett 1-5, Roberts 0-1, Jenkins 0-2), UC Irvine 3-10
(Harris3-4, Zuzak 0-1, Green 0-2, Hood 0-3). Rebounds - Long Beach St 35
(Reed 10), UC Irvine 39 (Parada 12).
Assists - Long Beach St 13 (Darrett 5), UC Irvine 11 (Green 4).
Total fouls - Long Beach St 23, UC Irvine 18.
Fouled out - Roberts. Tecnicals - None. Attendance - N/A.

 


UC Santa Barbara 74, Cal Poly 65

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Mark Hull scored 16 points to lead UC-Santa Barbara to a 74-65 victory over Cal Poly-SLO in the quarterfinal round of the Big West Conference Tournament. Third-seeded UC-Santa Barbara (18-10) will take on UC-Irvine on Friday in the semifinals.

Branduinn Fullove added 13 points and nine rebounds in the win for UC-Santa Barbara, which holds a 6-18 all-time record in Big West Tournament games.

David Henry posted 15 points and Brandon Beeson added 11 points in defeat for Cal Poly (15-12).

The Gauchos scored 10 of the game's first 14 points en route to a 30-26 edge at intermission.

UC-Santa Barbara held a double-digit advantage for most of the final period, as Cal Poly was never able to pull even.

In addition to a 45-28 rebounding advantage in the contest, the Gauchos also held the Mustangs to 38.3 percent shooting from the floor. Free throw shooting was another key to the victory, as UC-Santa Barbara outscored Cal Poly 27-7 from the line.

03/08 02:50:39 ET



(Thursday, March 7th)
From The Sports Network

Cal Poly (65)
Henry 5-13 2-3 15, Beeson 5-10 0-2 11, Dennis 4-11 2-6 10,
Allen 3-8 2-3 10, Jackson 1-2 1-2 4, Lisinac 0-2 0-0 0,
Geary 2-5 0-0 6, Socci 1-2 0-0 3, Titchenal 2-5 0-0 6,
Patterson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-60 7-16 65.

Cal-Santa Bar (74)
Hull 5-10 6-8 16, Fullove 3-6 7-8 13, Ndiaye 2-10 7-10 11,
Jones 3-8 2-2 11, Atako 4-7 1-4 10, Oliver 2-2 2-2 7,
Skultety 0-0 0-0 0, Ward 0-0 0-0 0, Vukovich 2-5 2-2 6,
Whitehead 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-48 27-36 74.

Halftime - Cal-Santa Bar 30-26. Three-Point goals - Cal Poly 12-30
(Henry 3-8, Allen 2-4, Titchenal 2-4, Geary 2-5, Beeson 1-2, Jackson 1-2,
Socci 1-2, Dennis 0-1, Lisinac 0-2), Cal-Santa Bar 5-15 (Jones 3-6,
Oliver 1-1, Atako 1-2, Hull 0-3, Fullove 0-3). Rebounds - Cal Poly 28
(Henry, Dennis 5), Cal-Santa Bar 45 (Fullove, Ndiaye 9). Assists -
Cal Poly 16 (Dennis, Allen 4), Cal-Santa Bar 13 (Atako 4). Total Fouls -
Cal Poly 27, Cal-Santa Bar 13. Fouled Out - None. Technicals - None.
Attendance - 3,087.

 


Utah State 69, Pacific 65

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Tony Brown poured in 29 points to lead the top- seeded Utah State Aggies to a 69-65 victory over the fourth seeded Pacific Tigers in semifinal action of the Big West Conference Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Aggies (23-6) advance to Saturday's championship game to take on UC-Santa Barbara.

Maurice McLemore scored 19 points to lead Pacific (20-10) while Demetrius Jackson added 18 points. Mike Preston registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Desmond Penigar tallied 20 points for the Aggies and Toraino Johnson finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Neither team could establish much of a lead in the first half and Utah State went into the locker room with a 41-39 advantage.

The Aggies could never pull away as the pesky Tigers hung around all night, managing to deadlock the game at 65-65 in the final minute before Utah State scored the final four points of the contest to prevail.

The game featured 14 ties and 22 lead changes.

Utah State outrebounded Pacific 33-28, but shot just 39.6 percent from the field, compared with 45.7 percent shooting for the Tigers. The Aggies were 21- of-26 from the free-throw line, while Pacific connected on 18-of-21 from the charity stripe.

This was a rematch of last year's title game, which the Aggies won by 12 points, 50-38. The 38 points scored by the Tigers were the fewest ever in the tournament's championship game.

03/09 02:35:20 ET



(Friday, March 8th - at Anaheim, CA)
From The Sports Network

Pacific (65)
Nolan 2-2 3-4 7, Hahn 1-3 1-2 3, Preston 6-8 4-4 16,
McLemore 5-12 8-9 19, Jackson 6-14 2-2 18, Korajkic 0-0 0-0 0,
Kiedrowski 1-3 0-0 2, Metzger-Jones 0-2 0-0 0, Bunts 0-0 0-0 0,
Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Mills 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-46 18-21 65.

Utah State (69)
Penigar 7-20 5-5 20, Johnson 4-6 2-4 10, Vague 0-4 0-0 0,
Ross 3-10 0-0 6, T.Brown 6-11 12-15 29, Stowell 0-1 0-0 0,
C.Brown 1-1 2-2 4, Ray 0-0 0-0 0, Ahmad 0-0 0-0 0,
Evans 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-53 21-26 69.

Halftime - Utah State 41-39. Three-Point goals - Pacific 5-17
(Jackson 4-9, McLemore 1-4, Kiedrowski 0-2, Metzger-Jones 0-2),
Utah State 6-15 (T.Brown 5-9, Penigar 1-2, Stowell 0-1, Ross 0-3).
Rebounds - Pacific 28 (Preston 10), Utah State 33 (Vague 8).
Assists - Pacific 12 (McLemore 4), Utah State 13 (Vague, Ross, T.Brown 3).
Total Fouls - Pacific 21, Utah State 21. Fouled Out - Nolan.
Technicals - None. Attendance - N/A.

 


UC Santa Barbara 66, UC Irvine 61

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Nick Jones netted 21 points to lead the UC- Santa Barbara Gauchos to a 66-61 victory over the UC-Irvine Anteaters in the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament. UC-Santa Barbara (19-10) returns to the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday for a championship bout against the Utah State Aggies.

Branduinn Fullove scored 13 points to help pace the Gauchos in the win, while Mark Hull added 11 points. UC-Santa Barbara shot 50 percent from the field and scored 17 points off 13 Anteater turnovers.

UC-Irvine (20-10) was led in the loss by Adam Parada's 18-point, seven-rebound UC-Irvine (20-10) was led in the loss by Adam effort. Jerry Green tallied another 17 points and dished out a game-high eight assists for the Anteaters. UC-Irvine connected on 47.8 percent of its field goals and earned a 28-25 advantage on the boards.

Neither team gained much of an advantage in the opening stanza until UC-Irvine took a 34-27 lead with just 2:03 to play in the half. UC-Santa Barbara could close the gap only slightly by halftime, trailing 36-31 at the break.

The Gauchos opened the second half with an 11-5 run that finally gave them the lead at 42-40 with 14:02 to play. UC-Irvine deadlocked the game at 57-57 with 2:41 left in regulation, but UC-Santa Barbara outscored the Anteaters 9-4 down the stretch for the win.

03/09 02:30:01 ET



(Friday, March 8th)
From The Sports Network

UC Santa Barbara (66)
Hull 3-8 4-4 11, Fullove 5-9 1-2 13, Ndiaye 2-6 3-8 7,
Jones 6-8 7-9 21, Atako 2-6 2-2 6, Skultety 0-1 0-0 0,
Oliver 1-2 0-0 2, Ward 1-1 2-2 4, Vukovich 1-1 0-0 2,
Whitehead 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-42 19-27 66.

UC Irvine (61)
Zuzak 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 2-4 3-4 8, Parada 6-8 6-7 18,
Green 7-15 2-2 17, Hood 2-8 2-2 8, Christ 0-2 0-0 0,
Baskauskas 2-4 0-0 4, Okoro 3-4 0-2 6, Korfman 0-0 0-1 0.
Totals 22-46 13-18 61.

Halftime - UC Irvine 36-31. Three-Point goals - UC Santa Barbara 5-13
(Jones 2-3, Fullove 2-3, Hull 1-3, Skultety 0-1, Atako 0-3),
UC Irvine 4-11 (Hood 2-7, Harris 1-1, Green 1-2, Zuzak 0-1).
Rebounds - UC Santa Barbara 25 (Ndiaye 7), UC Irvine 28 (Parada 7).
Assists - UC Santa Barbara 9 (Hull 3), UC Irvine 15 (Green 8).
Total Fouls - UC Santa Barbara 19, UC Irvine 20. Fouled Out - Harris.
Technicals - None. Attendance - 4,018.

 


UC Santa Barbara 60, Utah State 56


Cal-State Barbara (60)

Hull 3-14 1-1 8, Fullove 4-11 3-3 12, Ndiaye 5-7 1-2 11,
Jones 4-8 1-1 10, Atako 1-4 4-6 6, Skultety 0-0 2-2 2,
Oliver 2-2 0-0 5, Vukovich 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 22-52 12-15 60.

Utah State (56)

Penigar 6-15 0-0 12, Johnson 4-6 2-3 10, Vague 2-5 2-3 6,
Ross 2-4 0-0 6, Brown 3-10 3-4 10, Stowell 0-1 0-0 0,
Brown 0-3 0-0 0, Ray 0-0 0-0 0, Ahmad 5-5 2-2 12,
Evans 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-49 9-12 56.

Halftime - Cal-Santa Barbara 36-32. Three-Point goals -
Cal-Santa Barbara 4-13 (Oliver 1-1, Jones 1-2, Fullove 1-3, Hull 1-5,
Atako 0-2); Utah State 3-13 (Ross 2-4, Brown 1-6, Penigar 0-3). Rebounds -
Cal-Santa Barbara 31 (Ndiaye 6), Utah State 28 (Penigar, Brown 6).
Assists - Cal-Santa Barbara 7 (Atako 3), Utah State 14 (Brown 5).
Total Fouls - Cal-Santa Barbara 11, Utah State 17. Fouled Out - None.
Technicals - None. Attendance - 3,020.

 

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