Cunningham leads UC Riverside over UC Davis, 75-66

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP)—Sean Cunningham scored 22 points as UC Riverside defeated visiting UC Davis 75-66 Saturday night to earn the Highlanders a place in the Big West Conference tournament.

UC Riverside (8-20, 4-12 Big West) outrebounded the Aggies (9-22, 2-14) 28-16 in what amounted to a play-in game for Wednesday’s Big West tournament, which takes eight of the conference’s nine teams.

Dominic Calegari scored 22 points and Mark Payne added 15 for Davis.

The Highlanders led 27-25 at the half, as both teams started the evening cold offensively, each shooting less than 50 percent from the floor to that point.

Playing in his final home game, Riverside’s Larry Cunningham scored 12 points. Cunningham will leave the Highlanders as their all-time minutes leader.

Kyle Brucculeri added 12 points for the Aggies.

Trailing by as much as 10 with less than two minutes to play, Davis managed to cut the lead to just five at 69-64 with :31 left to play.

The Highlanders were considerably hotter from the floor in the second half, shooting 71 percent (15-for-21).

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