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