Davis, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris McNealy registered 11 points and eight rebounds as the UC Irvine Anteaters narrowly defeated the UC Davis Aggies, 61-59, in a Big West clash at The Pavilion.
Dominique Dunning had 11 points for the Anteaters (16-9, 7-2 Big West), who extended their winning streak to three games. Mamadou Ndiaye and Aaron Wright both finished with 10 points.
Corey Hawkins scored 19 points for the Aggies (8-16, 3-6), who have lost two of their last three. Brynton Lemar tallied 11 points, while Georgi Funtarov and Avery Johnson each cleared seven rebounds.
UC Davis shot 30.3 percent from the floor in the first half, but still led 30-26 at the break. UC Irvine made 54.5 percent of its field goal attempts on 11 fewer shots.
The Anteaters connected on 51.9 percent of their shots from the field in the second period. With 1:50 left, a Luke Nelson layup gave UC Irvine a one-point advantage. Ndiaye made a free-throw 40 seconds later to give the Anteaters a two-point lead. Darius Graham missed a 3-point attempt with three seconds left.
UC Irvine dominated play inside by outscoring the Aggies, 40-18, in the paint. UC Davis had the edge at the free-throw line, 17-7.