DAVIS, Calif. -- Will Davis II scored 18 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and UC Irvine erased a 19-point halftime deficit to defeat UC Davis 88-85 on Saturday night.
The Aggies took a commanding 47-28 lead at halftime but a Michael Wilder three-point play with 2:35 to go gave UC Irvine (18-14, 11-7 Big West) a 76-74 lead, its first of the night, and never looked back.
UC Irvine claims the No. 4 seed in the Big West Conference tournament and will play fifth-seeded Hawaii on Thursday in Anaheim. UC Davis falls to the six seed and will play No. 3 Cal Poly.
The Anteaters have won six of their last seven games heading into the conference tournament.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.