Long Beach 85
UC Irvine 80
Cal State Long Beach’s guard Aaron Nixon ended the UC Irvine men’s basketball team’s season last year. On Thursday night, Nixon ended a chance for the Anteaters to grab a first round bye in the Big West Tournament.
After scoring just two first-half points, Nixon lit up the Anteaters for 20 points in the second half to give the 49ers an 85-80 comeback victory at the Walter Pyramid in UCI’s last conference game of the season.
UCI led by as many as 10 points late in the second half, 60-50, but was unable to hold the lead behind the flurry of three-pointers by Nixon.
‘[Nixon] went inside and he went outside and just took the game over,’ said UCI Head Coach Pat Douglass. ‘You can double a little bit but they have a lot of guys who can spot up and shoot the three.