Scores

Final

UC Irvine 63

(15-18, 6-8 Big West)

Long Beach St 77

(23-7, 12-2 Big West)

9:30 PM ET, March 9, 2007

Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California

1 2 T
UCI 35 2863
LBSU 38 3977

Top Performers

UC Irvine: C. Awaji 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast

Long Beach State: S. Byrd 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

Long Beach St 77, UC Irvine 63

Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Sterling Byrd had 20 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks to lead Long Beach State to a 77-63 victory over UC Irvine Friday in the semifinals of the Big West Conference tournament.

Aaron Nixon, the Big West's player of the year, added 16 points for the top-seeded 49ers (23-7), who will face either second-seeded Cal Poly or third-seeded Cal State Fullerton in Saturday's championship.

Chuma Awaji scored 19 points for the fifth-seeded Anteaters (15-18). Patrick Sanders added 14.

Long Beach held a 6-point lead before Awaji made two free throws to force a 35-35 tie with 31.7 seconds left in the first half. But Artis Gant's 3-point shot with three seconds remaining gave the 49ers a 38-35 halftime lead.

The 49ers began the second half with a 12-2 surge that extended their lead to 50-37 with 15:31 to play. Byrd and Nixon each scored five points in the run.

Irvine missed its first six shots in the second half and did not score a basket until 6:10 expired in the half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UCI
LBSU
Points 63 77
FG Made-Attempted 20-47 (.426) 25-47 (.532)
3P Made-Attempted 8-17 (.471) 5-19 (.263)
FT Made-Attempted 15-18 (.833) 22-29 (.759)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
Largest Lead 3 17

2006-07 Season

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