ANAHEIM, Calif. ( — Will Davis II and Luke Nelson combined for 30 points to lead No. 1 seed UC Irvine past No. 8 seed UC Riverside 63-43 in a Big West Conference tournament quarterfinal Thursday.

The Anteaters (23-10) built a 12-point lead in the first half and extended it through the final 20 minutes. They advance to play No. 7 seed Cal Poly in a semifinal game Friday.

Russell Turner, the 2014 Big West Conference Coach of the Year has led UC Irvine to 10 wins in its last 11 games and 16 in their last 19.

Anteater big man Mamdou Ndiaye, who is the tallest player in the country, added four blocks to make it 98 total blocks for the season, breaking the Big West single-season record that was previously held by Pacific’s Michael Olowokandi at 96.

UC Irvine used a 14-1 run in the first half to take control of the game, fashioning a 16-5 lead just eight minutes into the contest.

Davis was 6 of 10 from the field to finish with 16 points. Nelson was 5 of 10 for 14 points.

Nick Gruninger had 10 points for Riverside (10-21).


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