Chima Moneke led UC Davis with 20 points; Adenrele, Funtarov, Graham, Lemar and White end outstanding careers in program's inaugural regional appearance
Late 9-0 run gives UC Davis the lead for good; team will compete in the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time in school history
Brynton Lemar scores nine points in overtime prior to buzzer-beating shot
Chima Moneke's 18 rebounds are the second-highest individual total in Big West Tournament history, and matches the program's Division I-era single-game record
J.T. Adenrele, Georgi Funtarov, Darius Graham, Brynton Lemar and Lawrence White win final home game of their careers; winner-take-all situation at UC Irvine awaits Aggies
Photos from No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 UC Davis in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 17, 2017.
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Big West Tournament - March 10, 2017
2016-17: Named a starter in all but one of his 34 games played... Graduates UC Davis with the top career blocked shot total (111) and offensive rebounds total (204) in the program's Division I history... Posted the following top 10 rankings among all Big West players: No. 7 in total rebounds (177) and defensive rebounds (118), No. 8 in blocks (25), No. 11 in rebounds per game (5.2) and offensive rebounds (59)... His .497 field goal percentage, 5.2 rebound average and 177 rebounds are the second-highest figures on the team... Recorded four points, four rebounds and a steal in the Aggies' Midwest Regional First Round game vs. Kansas (3/17), his final game in a UC Davis uniform... Finished with nine rebounds in the Aggies’ First Four NCAA Tournament game vs. North Carolina Central (3/15)... Grabbed four rebounds, blocked two shots and took a late charge to help UC Davis preserve its lead in the final minutes of the Aggies’ Big West Tournament championship game vs. UC Irvine (3/11)...
2015-16: Did not compete due to injury.
2014-15: Finished with seven points, team highs of six rebounds and four assists when UC Davis faced Stanford (3/17) in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament... Scored 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting and grabbed four rebounds vs. CSUN in the Aggies' Big West Tournament quarterfinal game (3/12)... Nearly recorded his first double-double of the year by finishing with nine points and nine rebounds vs. Hawai'i (2/21)... His three-point play with 1:43 remaining in the game broke a 62-62 tie against UCSB (1/29) and gave the Aggies the lead for good... One of three Aggies that held UC Riverside's top scorer, Taylor Johns (17.2 ppg), to only six points in the Aggies' 13-point victory; also set a season high by knocking in all six free throws, scored eight points and recorded four rebounds... Scored a rare three, the second of his career and first since Feb. 26, 2013, vs. CSUN... Posted three season highs of 17 points, seven field goals and three free throws vs. Eastern Illinois (12/9)... Scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the fourth straight game when UC Davis faced Utah Valley (11/29)... Fell two boards shy of earning his first double-double since returning to action this season when UC Davis hosted Utah State (11/26); Adenrele finished with 12 points and eight rebounds... Adenrele did collect his 300th career rebound in that evening's all-Aggie matchup... Scored eight points, grabbed two rebounds and blocked two shots in his first game back since suffering a season-ending injury in August, 2013.
2013-14: Did not compete due to injury.
2012-13: ALL-BIG WEST HONORABLE MENTION... Ended the season ranked No. 2 in the Big West Conference in field goal percentage (.564), No. 3 in blocked shots (1.5 bpg) and No. 14 in rebounding (5.9 rpg)... Blocked 46 shots to tie the program's all-time single-season record... Scored 10 or more points in 16 of the Aggies' final 19 games... Scored 20 or more points in five games... Recorded his second double-double in as many games by finishing with 22 points and 15 rebounds at Cal State Fullerton (3/2)... Set a new career high with 10 field goals in that same game... Earned his fourth double-double of the year, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds, tied another career high with four blocks and set a new career best with four assists at UC Riverside (2/28)... Posted his third double-double of the season by finishing with 13 points and tied his season high of 11 rebounds at Long Beach State (2/20)... Led all Aggies with 20 points, his second 20-point performance in as many games and the fourth of the season, against UC Riverside (1/26)... Posted his second double-double in as many games by finishing with 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Southern Illinois at the World Vision Classic in Logan, Utah (12/20)... Recorded his first collegiate double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, finished with a season-high two steals and tied another season high by blocking three shots vs. Eastern Washington (12/17)... Set a new career-high by scoring 23 points, and tied another by sinking five of six shots at the free throw line at Stanford (12/15)... Also recorded a season-high six rebounds and five made free throws against the Cardinal.
2011-12: Led the team in shooting (.523) and blocked shots (24)... Averaged 5.6 ppg and 3.1 rpg as a freshman... Started 16 of 30 games, including his last 12 straight played... Scored a season-high 16 points at Cal Poly (3/1), then matched it two nights later at UC Santa Barbara (3/3)... Also swatted four shots at Cal Poly... Added a season-best seven rebounds against the Gauchos... Had two other double-digit scoring efforts: in opener vs. Southern Utah (11/11) at the San Diego State's Basketball Traveler's Classic, and against the same Thunderbirds team in a non-conference matchup in Cedar City (12/22)... Shot .650 from the field (26 of 40) over the last six games of the season.
OAKMONT HS '11: Averaged 21.3 ppg as a forward/center in 2010-11... Named to the All-Capital Valley Conference first team and All-Metro second team by the Sacramento Bee... McDonald's also recognized him as an All-America team nominee... Helped lead team to 25-8 overall record, 9-3 league mark and berth in 2010 CIF-Sac-Joaquin Division II championship game where he faced one-time Aggie teammate Mike Kurtz... Averaged 11.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 3.8 blocks as a junior... In his junior season, Adenrele earned All-Sierra Foothill League honorable mention... Ranked by ESPNU as one of the top 100 players at his position.
PERSONAL: Born in Fremont, California... Majoring in sociology... Parents are Johnny and Bernadette Adenrele... Wishes he could've witnessed Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech, "I have a dream"... Would like to travel to Nigeria, his parents' home country... Title of his autobiography would be, "It never rains in John's world"... Sports hero is NBA player Andre Iguodala.
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