UC Davis beats UC Irvine 69-68 in Big West tourney

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Mark Payne made two free throws with 8.2 seconds left to lift eighth-seeded UC Davis to a 69-68 win over No. 5 seed UC Irvine in the first round of the Big West Conference tournament Wednesday.

Vince Oliver scored 20 points and Joe Harden had 14 points for the Aggies (13-18), who made their first appearance in an NCAA Division I tournament. Payne added eight rebounds and six assists.

UC Irvine (12-19) led 68-67 after Patrick Rembert’s driving layup with 36 seconds to play. UC Davis regained the lead on Payne’s free throws, and Michael Hunter’s off-balance jumper missed as time expired.

Hunter had 16 points and seven assists for the Anteaters. Kevin Bland added 15 points and seven rebounds.

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 Top Performers
 UC Davis
Vince Oliver Vince Oliver
9-16,  20 Pts
2 Rebs, 2 Assists
 UC Irvine
Michael Hunter Michael Hunter
7-15,  16 Pts
2 Rebs, 7 Assists

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