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Luke Nelson's 36 points help UC Irvine topple Cal Poly in Big West tournament

Luke Nelson's 36 points help UC Irvine topple Cal Poly in Big West tournament

Any other game, the UC Irvine Anteaters would've been in real trouble.

For most of Thursday night, the second seed in the Big West tournament was totally ineffective stopping seventh-seeded Cal Poly on the perimeter, and its saving grace on the interior — 7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye — was ejected for leaving the bench area during a scuffle.

But UC Irvine was gifted a career-best performance from junior guard Luke Nelson, whose 36 points were enough to pace his team to a comfortable 84-64 win in a quarterfinal game at Honda Center.

"Luke was pretty good tonight," Coach Russell Turner joked. "I didn't realize he had 36, but it seemed like at...

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