UC Irvine 88, UC Davis 85

DAVIS — Sophomore Will Davis and senior Mike Wilder both scored 18 points to lead the visiting Anteaters in the Big West Conference game Saturday.

The win secures fourth place for UCI (18-14, 11-7 in conference). The Anteaters will face fifth-place Hawaii in the opening round of the Big West Conference Tournament on Thursday at approximately 8:30 p.m. at Honda Center.

UCI split with Hawaii, a first-year Big West member, this season. UCI won at home, 68-64, on Jan. 9, then fell in Honolulu, 78-72, one month later.

Davis had 12 rebounds and two blocked shots for UCI, while Wilder netted four of nine three-point tries and added nine rebounds.

Chris McNealy (15 points), Daman Starring (12 points, including two free throws with six seconds left) and Alex Young (11 points and four assists) also helped UCI pull through.

Davis (14-16, 9-9) fell to sixth place.

UCI posted a 47-35 rebounding advantage against the Aggies, who made eight of 15 three-point tries (53.3%).

UCI senior Adam Folker did not play for a second straight game.



UC Irvine 8, BYU 3

PROVO, Utah — Junior pitcher Andrew Morales improved to 5-0 as the visiting Anteaters salvaged the finale of a three-game nonconference series Sunday.

Morales, who was 21-1 in two seasons at Rio Hondo Community College, is now 26-1 as a collegian. He allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out one and walked four.

Sophomore first baseman Connor Spencer was three for five with two runs batted in, while senior catcher Ronnie Shaeffer was two for four with a home run and three RBIs for the No. 21-ranked Anteaters (12-4).

Senior right fielder Scott Gottschling added two hits to the 'Eaters' 11-hit attack.

BYU is 9-7.

UCI returns home to face San Diego State on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.