UC Irvine's Mike Best, center, blocks a shot by UC Riverside's Jaylen Bland during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big West Conference tournament, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. UC Irvine won 63-54. (AP Photo/Jae C.
Jae C. Hong
March 13, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Will Davis II had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 3 seed UC Irvine to a 63-54 victory over sixth-seeded UC Riverside in a Big West tournament quarterfinal on Thursday night.

UC Irvine (19-12) will face either No. 2 seed UC Santa Barbara or seventh-seeded Cal Ply in a semifinal game on Friday.

UC Riverside led 48-45 with 7:35 to play but UC Irvine answered with a 12-1 run to take a 57-49 lead with 1:58 left. The Highlanders pulled within 57-54, but the Anteaters hit 6 of 6 free throws to seal it.

Davis was 8 of 10 from the floor and Luke Nelson chipped in 14 points with four assists for the Anteaters, who outrebounded the Highlanders 44-37.

Taylor Johns scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead UC Riverside (14-17).

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