Top Seeds Set To Face Off In Tourney Finals
2017 Big West Men's Basketball Tournament Central
Regular season champion UC Irvine took care of business against Orange County foe No. 4 Long Beach State with a 62-57 win in the first semifinal of the 2017 Big West Men's Basketball Tournament at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Second-seeded UC Davis followed that up with a come-from-behind, 66-64 overtime victory against No. 3 Cal State Fullerton to secure the final spot in the finals of the Big West Men's Basketball Tournament.
Top-Seeded UC Irvine Outlasts Rival LBSU To Advance To Title Game
Senior guard Jaron Martin scored 18 points and sophomore forward Jonathan Galloway recorded nine rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots to lead top-seeded UC Irvine over No. 4 seed Long Beach State, 62-57, in a Big West Conference Tournament semifinal at the Honda Center Friday night. Senior guard Luke Nelson added 14 points while Galloway scored eight as UCI (21-13) advanced to the Big West final for the sixth te in history and second in three years. The Anteaters won the championship in 2015 to earn a berth in the NCAA I Tournament for the first time in history.
Moneke's Tip-In Sends UC Davis To Tournament's Championship Game
Thanks to Chima Moneke's buzzer-beating tip-in, UC Davis will compete for a Big West Tournament championship, and the league's automatic berth in this year's NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. because that basket lifted the Aggies to a 66-64 overtime victory. Prior to Moneke's basket, Brynton Lemar scored every point for the Aggies in OT. Lemar led all playes with 23 points and notched his ninth 20-point game of the season; on the final play of the night, Moneke scored his 18th and 19th point of the night and collected his 14th rebound to post his league-high 12th double-double of the season, and third in the last five games.