Big West Conference Tournament Recaps

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Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ridge Shipley scored 15 points as the seventh-seeded Cal Poly Mustangs upset the second-seeded UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 69-38 in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament at the Honda Center.

Dave Nwaba and Joel Awich each chipped in 11 points for Cal Poly (11-19), which will now go up against top-seeded UC Irvine in the semifinals on Friday.

Michael Bryson scored 19 points and Alan Williams tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds for UCSB (21-9).

The Mustangs were hot out of the gate, making 59.3 percent from the floor, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range, in the first half. The Gauchos had only eight field goals on 33.3 percent shooting in the frame and trailed 41-20 at the break.

Although Cal Poly dropped to 25 percent shooting in the second half, UCSB could not capitalize, shooting just 32 percent itself, while being outscored 14-0 at the free-throw line.

UCSB did not get a single point from the charity stripe, while Cal Poly had 17.

Final Score: Long Beach State 66, Cal State Fullerton 56

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Caffey scored 14 points to lead four players in double figures as the Long Beach State 49ers took down the Cal State Fullerton Titans 66-56 in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament at the Honda Center.

Tyler Lamb added 13 points for the third-seeded 49ers (15-16), who will now face fifth-seeded Cal State Northridge in the semifinals. Travis Hammonds chipped in 12 points and AJ Spencer had 10.

Alex Harris finished with a game-high 17 points, Michael Williams chipped in 10 on just 3-of-17 shooting and Marquis Horne cleared 10 boards for the sixth- seeded Titans (11-20).

In the first half Long Beach State connected on 44 percent from the floor and held Cal State Fullerton to 26.7 percent shooting. The 49ers led 29-25 at the break.

Long Beach State built on its lead in the second half when it shot 52.6 percent from the field. The Titans did nail six 3-pointers in the frame, but were outscored 13-1 at the free-throw line.

Cal State Fullerton lost despite a 27-18 scoring edge from beyond the arc.

Final Score: UC Irvine 63, UC Riverside 43

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Will Davis II scored 16 points as the UC Irvine Anteaters routed the UC Riverside Highlanders, 63-43, in the quarterfinal round of the Big West Conference Tournament at the Honda Center.

Luke Nelson chipped in 14 points and Alex Young added seven assists for the top-seeded Anteaters (23-10), who will be back in action on Friday in the semifinal round versus seventh-seeded Cal Poly.

Nick Gruninger had 10 points, while Taylor Johns cleared seven rebounds for the eighth-seeded Highlanders (10-21).

UC Irvine shot 50 percent from the field in the first half as it led 34-22 at the break. UC Riverside made 33.3 percent of its field goal tries, including just 1-of-6 from 3-point range, not to mention a disappointing 5-of-10 at the free-throw line.

The Anteaters struggled in the second period as they connected on 38.5 percent of their shots from the floor, but the Highlanders did even worse as they converted 25.9 percent over the final 20 minutes. UC Irvine dominated the half, never leading by less than 12 points.

UCI dominated play inside as it outscored UCR 34-12 in the paint.

Final Score: Cal State Northridge 87, Hawaii 84 (OT)

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Greene scored 27 points, hitting several key baskets for Cal State Northridge, as the Matadors slipped by the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in overtime, 87-84, in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament at the Honda Center.

Greene finished 4-of-8 behind the 3-point line and a perfect 9-of-9 at the free-throw line for the fifth-seeded Matadors (16-17), who are now set up to face third-seeded Long Beach State in the semifinals on Friday night. Also scoring in double figures for CSUN were Stephan Hicks and Aaron Parks with 21 and 13 points, respectively.

The Rainbow Warriors (20-11), the fourth seed in this year's tourney, were led by Christian Standhardinger who tallied a game-high 28 points and also cleared nine rebounds in the setback. Keith Shamburger accounted for 20 points, five rebounds and five assists, followed by Brandon Spearman with 17 points. Isaac Fotu, who along with Standhardinger was named to the Big West Conference First Team, was limited to a mere six points and seven rebounds in 39 minutes of action.

Hawaii fell behind by as many as 16 points in the first half as it allowed the Matadors to shoot 60.0 percent from the field and watched the opposition convert 12-of-15 at the free-throw line, en route to a 42-36 edge at the break.

The momentum swung in favor of the Rainbow Warriors in the second half as they hit on 52.0 percent from the floor, but despite leading by as many as 13 midway through the frame, Hawaii saw the meeting tighten up in the waning moments of regulation.

Shamburger gave the Rainbow Warriors a 74-71 lead with a late layup and the shot clock winding down, but CSUN came right back down the floor and tied the game with a 3-pointer by Greene with just 11.8 seconds remaining.

Shamburger had control of the ball on the last possession and tried to find his way to the basket, but his shot attempt was turned away, sending the meeting into overtime.

With just over a minute remaining in the bonus session, Greene struck again for the Matadors, converting a 3-pointer to lock the score at 81-81. At the other end, Shamburger responded with a pull-up jumper to again push Hawaii ahead by two, while a free throw shortly thereafter made it a three-point advantage.

On the following possession, the Rainbow Warriors opted to foul Greene around midcourt, rather than allowing him to get off another 3-point try. Greene connected on both attempts at the charity stripe to draw CSUN to within a point, 84-83, with 18.7 seconds remaining.

Hawaii was set to inbound the ball and potentially run out the clock, but after gaining control of the ball, Shamburger slid out of bounds along the baseline, giving possession back to the Matadors with 17.7 seconds on the clock.

Stephen Maxwell drove to the rim for the Matadors, went up against Fotu and knocked down a short jumper off the glass with 12.2 seconds to play.

The Rainbow Warriors again rushed the ball down the floor trailing by one, but Fotu was called for an offensive foul on a screen, giving the ball back to Northridge once more.

Tre Hale-Edmerson was sent to the free-throw line where he knocked down a pair, giving CSUN an 87-84 lead. Spearman had a chance to send the meeting into a second overtime, but his 3-point attempt from the wing missed the mark.

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