ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Luke Nelson scored a career-high 36 points and UC Irvine routed Cal Poly 84-64 Thursday night in a Big West Conference tournament quarterfinal.
The second-seeded Anteaters (25-8) matched a school record with 25 wins and moves on to Friday's semifinal.
Nelson made six 3-pointers, was 11 of 15 from the field and made all eight of his free-throw attempts. Alex Young added 10 for UC Irvine, which has won 15 of its last 18 games.
UC Irvine led 38-36 at halftime. Nelson made a 3 to open the second half, sparking a 13-5 surge and the Anteaters had a double digit lead the rest of the way.