IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Luke Nelson scored a career-high 28 points and UC Irvine held on for a 61-58 win over Long Beach State Thursday.
UC Irvine (15-9, 6-2 Big West) led 58-54 with less than 2 minutes left, and held off a late rally from Long Beach State (9-13, 5-3).READ MORE: Invasive Algae Posing Threat To Newport Beach Waters
Tyler Lamb’s 3-pointer cut the lead to 58-57 with 1:24 remaining, but Nelson answered with 44 seconds left to extend the lead to 60-57.READ MORE: COVID Cases, Hospitalizations Continue Upward Trend In OC
Nelson made 1 of 2 free throws with 7 seconds remaining to put the Anteaters up 61-58, and Lamb’s last-second 3-point attempt bounced off the rim.
Nelson was 5 of 8 on 3-pointers and the lone UC Irvine scorer in double figures. Mamadou Ndiaye had eight points, 10 rebounds and a Big West single-game record 11 blocks.MORE NEWS: Rain Falls Across Southland, Sparks Risk Of Flash Flooding In Burn Areas
Dan Jennings led the 49ers with 14 points. Travis Hammonds added 10 points and 10 rebounds while A.J. Spencer contributed 10 points.