Nelson, UC Irvine to Cal Poly 64-50

The Associated Press

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) -- Luke Nelson scored 15 points and Alex Young added 14 and five assists as UC Irvine beat Cal Poly 64-50 Saturday night.

Mike Best finished with 10 points for Irvine, which shot 7 of 16 (43.8 percent) from 3-point range and remained tied with UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State for first place in the Big West Conference.

Cal Poly (8-13, 4-4 Big West Conference) scored on five of its first six possessions and led 15-9 with 14:46 left in the first half. UC Irvine, however, rattled off 20 of the game's next 22 points, opening up a 12-point advantage about 7 minutes later.

The Anteaters (14-9, 5-2) took a 39-28 lead into the break.

UCI opened the second half with an 8-1 spurt, extending its lead to 18, and Cal Poly never threatened again.

Chris Eversly paced the Mustangs with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

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