UC Irvine beats UC Davis 74-46 for Big West title

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) Will Davis II scored 14 points to lead UC Irvine in a 74-46 rout against UC Davis, and the Anteaters clinched the Big West title to close out the regular season on Saturday night.

Chris McNealy, the Anteaters lone senior, scored 10 points and finished with four assists, and Luke Nelson chipped in 10 points as well.

UC Irvine (22-10, 13-3) ended the first half shooting just 11 of 33 (33.3 percent) from the floor but led 35-28. The Anteaters 17-4 run – which spanned the first 10 minutes of the second half – gave them a double-digit lead that they never surrendered. UC Davis went over 6 minutes without a basket during the run.

Georgi Funtarov and Corey Hawkins led the Aggies (9-22, 4-12) with nine points each.

Top-seeded UC Irvine will face No. 8 seed UC Riverside on Thursday in the Big West tournament.