COL BKB: Pacific 64, UC-Irvine 55

March 17, 2013 at 1:26 AM

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 17 (UPI) -- Pacific, led by Tony Gill's 19 points, earned an NCAA Tournament trip with 64-55 win over California-Irvine Saturday in the Big West Conference title game.

Lorenzo McCloud supplied 16 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (22-12), who won their fifth over conference tournament championship game and first since 2006.

Pacific was seeded second in the Big West event.

The fourth-seeded Anteaters (20-15) were paced by Daman Starring with 19 points.

Chris McNealy added 12, but it wasn't enough to obtain a first-ever conference title for Irvine.

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