UC Irvine beats Cal Poly 70-48 to stay unbeaten in Big West
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Ioannis Dimakopoulos scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and UC Irvine beat Cal Poly 70-48 on Wednesday to win its seventh straight and remain undefeated in Big West Conference play.
Tommy Rutherford added 11 points for the Anteaters (12-9, 5-0), who shot 47.1 percent from the floor (24 of 51) and held Cal Poly to 24.1 percent.
The Anteaters extended their 31-22 halftime lead to 42-28 after Evan Leonard’s 3-pointer with 14:21 left. Cal Poly closed within five after a 9-0 run, but the Anteaters pulled ahead 61-43 after Jaron Martin’s jumper capped a 6-1 spurt with 4:27 left.
Cal Poly led 19-17 after Donovan Fields and Ridge Shipley each made 3s, but Martin put UC Irvine up for good 21-19 with two free throws and a layup.
Jakub Niziol scored 11 for Cal Poly (5-13, 0-4), which has lost nine straight.