UC Irvine Advances Past UCSB, 70-52

March 9, 2007

Box Score

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Michael Hunter scored 16 points and Mark Kelley had 15 points to lead UC Irvine to a 70-52 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference tournament.

Nic Campbell added 12 points for the Anteaters (15-17), who will face Long Beach State in Friday night's semifinals.

Alex Harris, the Big West's leading scorer, had 22 points for the Gauchos (18-11), who shot a season low of 31.6 percent from the field. Glenn Turner added 10 rebounds.

Santa Barbara shot 29.6 percent in the first half, as Irvine built a 28-18 halftime lead. The Anteaters then began the second half with a 17-8 run that expanded their lead to 45-26 with 15:35 to play.

Campbell scored nine points in the surge, during which the Anteaters made 6-of-8 shots, including all five from 3-point range.

Irvine shot 54.5 percent in the second half and led by as many as 24 points.

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