A 67-58 Win Over Hawai'i Sends UC Irvine Dancing
Sophomore guard Luke Nelson scored 17 points and senior forward Will Davis II had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead UC Irvine over Hawai'i, 67-58, in the championship game of the Big West Conference Tournament before 5,463 at the Honda Center Saturday night.
With the victory, Coach Russell Turner's UCI squad (21-12) earns the program's first trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament since the University gained Division I status July 1, 1977. The Anteaters broke through Saturday night after falling short four previous times (1988, 1994, 2008 and 2013).
Big West All-Tournament Team
Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara
Corey Hawkins, UC Davis
Aaron Valdes, Hawai'i
Roderick Bobbitt, Hawai'i
Luke Nelson, UC Irvine
Will Davis II, UC Irvine (MVP)