First-half outburst gives Aggies the lead for good, second-half run clinches another Golden 1 Center Causeway victory
UC Davis basketball seeks second straight Causeway win, in as many seasons, inside the Sacramento Kings' downtown home
League's leader in points and rebounds per game collects second BWC weekly award of his career; senior forward also named College Sports Madness' Player of the Week
Junior guard scores 14 consecutive Aggie points en route to career night
Junior communication major breaks a 58-58 tie in the final seconds with his 18-footer
Photos from No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 UC Davis in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 17, 2017.
Check out out the USATSI photo gallery from the NCAA First Four game against NC Central.
Big West Tournament - March 10, 2017
2016-17: UC DAVIS' MALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR... NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACHES ALL-DISTRICT AWARD... RILEY WALLACE AWARD WINNER (nation's top Division I transfer)... BIG WEST NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR... ALL-BIG WEST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM... BIG WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER... BIG WEST CONFERENCE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... BIG WEST CONFERENCE REBOUND CHAMPION... BIG WEST CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (1/9)... Overall rebound average (9.5 /gm.) was one of nine league-high figures posted in his first season of action at UC Davis; also finished No. 1 in field goals made (192), defensive rebounds (249), defensive rebounds per game (6.9), total rebounds (341), blocks (51) and blocks per game (1.4)... Nobody in the BWC even came close to matching Moneke’s 14 double-doubles, another No. 1 total that nearly matches the combined efforts of the second- and third-ranked players, who ended the year with nine and six respectively... Posted two of the top three single-game rebound totals among all Big West players; including his 18 boards collected vs. Cal Poly, and 17 against Long Beach State, nobody in the league posted more double-figure rebound games (17) than Moneke... Set nine new single-season Division I era program records in his first season at UC Davis: double-doubles, field goals made, total rebounds, offensive rebounds (92), defensive rebounds, rebounds per game, offensive rebounds per game (2.6), defensive rebounds per game (6.9) and blocked shots (51)... Set new all-time single-season records in blocks (51) and free throw attempts (220)... Posted team-high figures in field goal percentage (.527), field goals made (5.3), rebounds, rebound average, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and blocked shots... Led all Aggies on 8 of 13 shooting, collected nine rebounds and blocked one shot in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional First Round game vs. Kansas (3/17)... Recorded his 14th double-double of the season and led all players with 18 points and 12 rebounds in the Aggies’ First Four game (3/15)... Scored nine points, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, recorded three of his team’s five shots and earned Big West Conference Tournament honors by helping his team defeat UC Irvine (3/11)... It was his putback that won the game in overtime since it snapped a 64-64 tie vs. Cal State Fullerton (3/10); earned his league-high 12th double-double in the process... Grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds, the second-highest individual total in Big West Tournament history, also matching UC Davis’ Division I-era record, scored 11 points to post his team-high 12th double-double of the season and blocked two shots in the Aggies’ quarterfinal game vs. Cal Poly (3/9)... Recorded two steals, scored 14 points and fell one rebound shy of recording another double-double vs. Hawai’i (3/2)... Earned double-double No. 11 by scoring 18 points, posted 17 rebounds and four assists — both career highs — in the Aggies’ ESPNU game vs. Long Beach State (2/25)... Scored 19 points, on 8 of 13 shooting, recorded six rebounds and blocked two shots vs. CSUN (2/23)... Notched his league-high 11th double-double by finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds at Cal State Fullerton; nearly responsible for one-third of his team’s rebounds (34 team rebs.) that night... Led all players with 13 rebounds at Long Beach State (2/16), the fifth time this season he collected at least that many in a single game... Blocked a season/career-high three shots, scored 14 points and led all players with seven rebounds vs. Cal State Fullerton (2/8)... Recorded his 11th game with 10 or more rebounds by earning that exact number at UC Santa Barbara (2/4)... Double-double No. 9 was earned at Cal Poly when he finished with a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds... Recorded his seventh 20-point game of the season by finishing with 22 vs. UC Irvine (1/28)... Set a new Division-I era record by collecting his eighth double-double of the season at Hawai’i (1/21); scored a career-high 26 points and ended his evening with 13 rebounds — both game-high figures... Matched a UC Davis Division I record by earning his seventh double-double when he posted 17 and 11 at UC Riverside (1/12)... Joe Harden (2009-10 season) and Moneke are the only Aggies during the D-I era to record seven double-doubles in a season... Scored double figures for the eight straight game when he finished with 18, on 8 of 11 shooting, vs. Cal Poly (1/7)... Posted his third double-double in as many games, and sixth of the season, by finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds vs. UC Santa Barbara (1/4)... Named Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week (announced on 1/2/17) for recording double-doubles at Seattle U and at home against Utah Valley; shot 56 percent from the floor, averaged 17 points and a team-high 12 rebounds per game throughout the Aggies’ final week of nonconference action... Recorded his second double-double in as many games, and for a league-high fifth time of the season, by scoring 12 points and collecting 12 rebounds vs Utah Valley (12/31)... Earned his league-leading fourth double-double of the season, and 20 and 10 stat line by finishing with 22 points and 12 rebounds — both game highs — at Seattle U (12/28)... Finished in double figures for the fourth straight game by scoring 13 points at Air Force (12/22)... It was all sixes for Moneke vs. William Jessup (12/17): He recorded six field goals, and made six free throws, finished with six rebounds and scored 18 points (a multiple of six, to continue the theme)... Scored 20 or more points for the third time in the last four games by posting 21 points at North Dakota State; connected on a career-high 11 free throws... Became the first Aggie to hit 10 or more free throws since Josh Fox accomplished the feat at UC Irvine (1/7/16)... Led all players with a career-high 24 points (on 10 of 15 shooting) and 10 rebounds at Cal (12/10)... Recorded UC Davis’ first double-double of the season when he finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, throughout his 22 minutes played, vs. Sacramento State at the Golden 1 Center (11/21)... Led all players with 21 points, on 9 of 11 shooting overall in UC Davis’ home opener vs. Holy Names (11/17); also earned his first career start... Scored 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting at Santa Clara (11/12)... Collected 14 rebounds and scored eight points in his Aggie debut vs. Tennessee State (11/11).2015-16: Named the Big West Conference’s representative at the 2016 NCAA Leadership Forum, a prestigious invitation-only event; he is the first UC Davis men’s basketball player selected in school history... Redshirted his first year at UC Davis.
NORTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE (2013-15): Posted averages of 17 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals per game as a sophomore... Also shot 57 pct. from the floor that year... As a freshman, Moneke averaged 10.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg and 1.2 spg... Earned first team all-region honors both seasons.
LAKE GINNINDERRA COLLEGE '13: Competed on a team that finished his senior season as Australian National School Championship runners-up... Averaged 16 points and 18 rebounds per game in his final year at Lake Ginninderra College... Averaged 18.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game as a junior... Named MVP Team Player at the Australian Schoolboys Championships... In his two seasons competing for LGC, his basketball teams won a collective 35 of 44 games.
PERSONAL: One of Eucharia and Sydney's five children... His brother, Obieze, played basketball at Wingate University... Not many people know that he has lived on five continents... Competing in the NCAA Tournament is his proudest personal accomplishment... Dante Exum, Josh Jackson and Ben Simmons are the best athletes that he has competed against... Leading his team to the NCAA Tournament and playing Division I basketball are his career sports highlights... LeBron James, Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo and Cam Newton are his sports heroes... Non-sports heroes are his parents.
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