UCR, under the guidance of interim coach Vonn Webb, improved its overall record to 7-22 Thursday night with its 80-76 non-conference road victory over future Big West foe UC Davis. The Highlanders have won just one of their 13 conference games but it was a whopper: 82-76 over Cal State Fullerton, currently in second place behind the 49ers. Downey High graduate Larry Cunningham, a 6-foot-3 junior swingman, is UCR’s best player. He is averaging 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and has scored 20 or more points four times during the team’s past eight games, including a 26-point performance at Davis Thursday night. Cunningham, who scored a career-best 34 points (all in the second half) when the Highlanders stunned Fullerton, had a team-high 13 points in the Walter Pyramid on Jan. 20 when Long Beach handled the visitors, 99-65. Cunningham and guards Justin Bell and Dedrick Bates were recruited to UCR by current Long Beach assistant coach John Masi. The school’s athletic director, Stan Morrison, fired Masi, a UCR graduate, in the spring of 2005 as his alma mater’s head coach. Matchups for Wednesday’s first-round games in the Big West Tournament in the Anaheim Convention Center will be official after today’s action. The 49ers’ regular-season championship (their first since 1996) earned them a bye into next Friday evening’s tournament semifinals. They will play the lowest remaining seed (after games of Wednesday and Thursday) at 6:30. The winner of the conference tournament title game (which tips off a week from this evening at 8 o’clock) gets the Big West’s bid to the NCAA Tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – The Long Beach State men’s basketball team will take to the East-bound 91 Freeway in an attempt to wrap up regular-season play within the Big West Conference with its 22nd victory of the season. The conference-champion 49ers, who improved to 21-7 overall and 11-2 in the Big West with their 85-80, come-from-behind victory over the visiting UC Irvine Anteaters Thursday night, will face the host UC Riverside Highlanders in a game that is scheduled to tip off at 5 o’clock.