UC Irvine outscored Sacramento State 48-21 in the second half and cruised to a 79-53 victory at The Nest on Saturday night.
The Hornets held a 32-31 lead at halftime, but the Anteaters went on a 23-7 run to start the second half to take a 54-39 advantage.
Chris McNealy had 15 points to lead the Anteaters (5-3). Cody Demps led the Hornets (2-3) with 16 points. Mikh McKinney added 10 points and Dylan Garrity had nine.
The Vandals went on a 16-2 run to take a 78-71 lead with 2:49 to go.
The Aggies (3-5) cut the deficit to two on two jumpers by Corey Hawkins, but Hawkins couldn’t connect on a potential game-tying jumper with eight seconds left.
Hawkins led the Aggies with 18 points and Josh Ritchart added 16.
Fipps was named to the all-tournament team.