ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) T.J. Shorts II scored 15 points, including the clinching free throws with one second left, Joe Mooney had a career-high 15 points and top-seeded UC Davis edged eighth-seeded UC Riverside 70-66 on Thursday in the opening game of the Big West Conference Tournament.
AJ John added 13 points and Michael Onyebalu 11 for the Aggies (22-9), who face the lowest remaining seed in the first semifinal on Friday night.
Davis had runs of 12-0 and 7-0 in the last 10 minutes of the first half and led 35-24 at the break. The Highlanders (9-22) had 8-0 and 7-0 runs early in the second half and it was a two-point game near the midway point.