IRVINE, Calif. (AP) Dawson Baker had 18 points as UC Irvine narrowly beat Long Beach State 77-72 on Saturday night.

Justin Hohn had 13 points and seven assists for UC Irvine (14-8, 9-4 Big West Conference), which earned its fifth consecutive home victory. Collin Welp added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Joel Murray had 20 points for the Beach (16-11, 12-3). Colin Slater added 16 points and seven assists. Aboubacar Traore had 14 points and six rebounds.

Long Beach State defeated UC Irvine 73-67 on Jan. 22.


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