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ICYMI: March 5-11, 2018


ICYMI: Here are the top five things that happened in the Big West last week….In Case You Missed It!

1. Men’s Basketball Wins Big West Tournament Title, Punches Ticket To NCAA Tournament

No. 4 seeded Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball won the league tournament for the third time in program history on Saturday night by dismantling UC Irvine, 71-55. The Titans had hard-fought battles in the quarterfinal and semifinal but Saturday’s final was never in doubt with the Titans leading for 36 minutes and 35 seconds. It is the team’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008, when they also beat UC Irvine in the Big West Tournament final. And the only other time CSF played in the NCAA tournament was 40 years ago, in 1978 when the team won the PCAA and went to the “elite eight” of the NCAA Tournament.   Full Story

2. CSUN Defeats UC Davis To Punch NCAA Tournament Ticket

Fifth seeded CSUN upset No. 1 seed UC Davis 63-55 in the finals of the Big West Women’s Basketball Tournament presented by Memorial Care Saturday afternoon at the Honda Center.  The victory marks the third time in five years that the Matadors have won the Big West Tournament and advanced to the NCAA’s.  Full Story

3. CSF’s Cope Named To Johnny Bench Award Watch List

The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced the official watch list for the 2018 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com on Friday. Fullerton’s Daniel Cope is one of 97 catchers nominated for the award by their coaches. Because the award is given annually to the top Division I collegiate catcher, the final deadline to update to include other candidates is April 30th. Full Story

4. LBSU’s Fryer Finishes As Individual Medalist With Final Round 67 At Sacramento State Invitational

A fantastic final round from Joe Fryer carried Long Beach State into a tie for first place at the Sacramento State Invitational, as Fryer closed the tournament at 6-under par after a third round 67.  Full Story

5. #BigWestCares: SAAC Raises More Than $14,000 For 11th Annual Coin Drive

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) raised more than $14,000 to finish the 11th annual Big West Coin Drive. The Coin Drive, which takes place each February, unfolds on the nine conference campuses with the respective SAAC’s collecting donations for a designated charity.  Full Story