IRVINE, Calif. (AP)—Luke Nelson scored 14 points Thursday night and Mamadou Ndiaye had 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks as UC Irvine held off Cal State Northridge 72-67.
Chris McNealy scored 12, Alex Young 10, and the Anteaters (13-7, 4-0 Big West) blocked 13 shots by the Matadors (10-10, 2-3).
The Matadors jumped to a 5-1 lead, but Ndiaye made a dunk and a jumper, sparking a 16-0 run and a 36-29 halftime lead for UC Irvine.
Stephen Maxwell's jumper to open the second half pulled the Matadors to within five, but the Anteaters hit five 3-pointers and built a 10-point lead. The Matadors made it a three-point game on Maxwell's jumper with 1:54 to play, but Young made a layup and UC Irvine made seven free throws in the final 43 seconds to win.
Maxwell finished with 21 and 15 rebounds, Aaron Parks scored 14, and Stephan Hicks 10.