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Big West tournament: UC Santa Barbara beats Long Beach State; UC Irvine advances

UC Santa Barbara head coach Joe Pasternack signals during a game.
UC Santa Barbara head coach Joe Pasternack during a game. The top-seeded Gauchos defeated Long Beach State on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big West tournament.
(Michael Wyke / Associated Press)

Josh Pierre-Louis had a career-high 24 points as UC Santa Barbara topped Long Beach State 95-87 in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference tournament on Thursday.

JaQuori McLaughlin added 22 points and Amadou Sow chipped in 20 for UC Santa Barbara (20-4). Ajare Sanni had 11 points. Pierre-Louis shot 9 for 10 from the floor. Sow also had nine rebounds.

Long Beach State totaled 52 points in the second half, a season high for the team.

Colin Slater tied a career high with 20 points for the Beach (6-12). Jadon Jones added 18 points. Chance Hunter had 16 points, and Isaiah Washington had 13 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds.

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UC Irvine 58, Cal Poly 51

Collin Welp tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds to carry UC Irvine to a 58-51 win over Cal Poly in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament on Thursday.

Brad Greene had nine points, nine rebounds and five blocks for UC Irvine (17-8).

After UC Irvine outscored Cal Poly 34-27 in the first half, both teams scored 24 in the second as UC Irvine clinched the victory. The Anteaters’ 24 second-half points marked a season low for the team.

Alimamy Koroma had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Mustangs (4-20). Colby Rogers added 12 points.

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UC Davis 58, Cal State Bakersfield 56

Ezra Manjon scored 16 points, including the go-ahead layup with a second to play, and UC Davis beat CSU Bakersfield 58-56 on Thursday night in the Big West Conference Tournament.

Fourth-seeded UC Davis (10-7) plays No. 1 seed UC Santa Barbara in the semifinals Friday.

Taze Moore made a layup to make it 56-all with 20 seconds remaining but Manjon answered with a reverse layup.

Moore led No. 5 seed CSUB (15-11) with 12 points and Czar Perry scored 10.

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Elijah Pepper and Christian Anigwe added 12 points apiece for the Aggies.


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