March 9, 2007
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Michael Hunter scored 16 points and Mark Kelley had 15 points to lead UC Irvine to a 70-52 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference tournament.
Nic Campbell added 12 points for the Anteaters (15-17), who will face Long Beach State in Friday night's semifinals.
Santa Barbara shot 29.6 percent in the first half, as Irvine built a 28-18 halftime lead. The Anteaters then began the second half with a 17-8 run that expanded their lead to 45-26 with 15:35 to play.
Campbell scored nine points in the surge, during which the Anteaters made 6-of-8 shots, including all five from 3-point range.
Irvine shot 54.5 percent in the second half and led by as many as 24 points.