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UC Irvine 61, UC Davis 59

DAVIS — Senior Chris McNealy had 11 points and eight rebounds to lead the visiting Anteaters in the Big West Conference game Saturday.

UCI (16-9, 7-2 in conference) trailed by 11 early in the second half, but chipped away before taking a 55-53 advantage with 6:13 left on a layup by Mamadou Ndiaye.

UC Davis (8-16, 3-6) led, 59-57, with 2:49 left, but Luke Nelson had three straight points to put UCI ahead for good.

The win propelled UCI into sole possession of first place in conference. UC Santa Barbara, which had been tied with UCI atop the standings, was idle Saturday.

Ndiaye had 10 points, three rebounds and one blocked shot, while Dominique Dunning and Aaron Wright added 11 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench.

UCI shot 53.1% from the field and held Davis (8-16, 3-6) to 33.9% field-goal shooting (19 for 56).

UCI returns to action on Saturday against visiting UC Riverside at 7 p.m.

Biola 72, Vanguard 64

LA MIRADA — The visiting Lions shot 30.1% from the field to see their 13-game winning streak snapped in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Saturday.

It was the first conference loss for No. 9-ranked Vanguard (20-3, 7-1), which retains a two-game lead over Biola (11-5, 5-3) and Concordia.

Preston Wynne had 22 points and Chris Gorman added 16 for the Lions, who were 22 for 73 from the field and five for 24 from three-point range (20.8%).

Biola shot 53.3% from the field (24 for 54).

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Vanguard 76, Biola 53

LA MIRADA — Senior point guard Taylor Belmont had 21 points and eight assists to lead the visiting Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Saturday.

Ashleigh Anderson had 15 points and six rebounds and Samantha Doucette had 14 points and seven rebounds for the No. 1-ranked Lions (19-0, 8-0 in conference).