LOS ANGELES -- Stephen Maxwell scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Cal State Northridge beat UC Irvine 81-75 on Saturday night.
Chris McNealy hit a 3-pointer with 4:29 to play, extending the UC Irvine lead to 75-65. Northridge (14-15, 6-7 Big West Conference) then scored the final 16 points of the game as the Anteaters went 0 for 5 from the field, 0 for 4 from the free throw line and committed four turnovers in the final four-plus minutes.
Luke Nelson paced UC Irvine (18-10, 9-3) with 17 points and McNealy added 12.
The Anteaters made 28 of 56 shots, including 9 of 17 from deep, but shot just 10 of 23 from the foul line. Northridge made 38 of 43 free throws.