- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Luke Nelson scored 15 with five assists, while Alex Young added 11 points and eight rebounds to help UC Irvine beat Coastal Carolina 66-47 Sunday night in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament semifinals.

Mamadou Ndiaye added nine points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots for UC Irvine.

Colton Ray-St Cyr hit a 3-pointer to put Coastal Carolina (21-12) up two with five minutes left in the first half, but UC Irvine responded with a 17-2 run that spanned halftime to take a 38-25 lead with 17:14 to play and the Anteaters led by double digits the rest of the way. Ndiaye and Aaron Wright scored five apiece during the decisive spurt.

UCI (28-9), which came ranked fifth nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.386), limited the Chanticleers to 17 made field goals and 27 percent shooting - both season lows for Coastal Carolina - and improved to 10-0 this season when holding its opposition to 60 points or fewer.

The Anteaters will face Columbia (23-10) in the championship game Tuesday.

Ray St-Cyr led Coastal Carolina with 16 points and Badou Diagne scored 11. The Chanticleers were without Shivaughn Wiggins, who ranked second on the team in scoring (12.6 per game) and assists (3.6) and led the team with 45 steals. The junior guard was suspended Saturday for a violation of team rules.

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