RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Evan Leonard scored 14 points and Collin Welp added 13 more off the bench as UC Irvine cruised to its 11th straight win Saturday night, a 68-47 victory over UC Riverside that clinched the Big West Conference regular-season crown.
The Anteaters will be the No. 1 seed into the conference tournament.
UC Irvine built a nine-point lead by intermission and limited the Highlanders to just 20 second-half points.
Jonathan Galloway grabbed 11 rebounds and Elston Jones grabbed another 10 off the bench for the Anteaters (25-5, 13-1). UC Irvine shot 26 of 55 from the field (47.3 percent), including 4 of 19 from distance.
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