UC Davis led for most of Wednesday night's Round One game until Utah hit free throws and pulled away late
Junior AJ John scores team-high 13 points in huge second half
UC Davis defeats UC Riverside for the third time this season, is one step closer to a successful Big West Tournament title defense
UC Davis' never-say-die attitude turns five-point deficit with 46 seconds left in overtime into the team's third championship in the last four seasons
UC Davis posts third 20-win season in the last four years with home win vs. Hawai'i, sets up a familiar opportunity in Saturday's 7:30 p.m. game at UC Irvine
Photos from UC Davis men's basketball vs. Nevada - Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017
CASPER COLLEGE (2016-17): Started 26 of 27 games played as a center for the Thunderbirds... Averaged 9.1 points per game... Finished the 2016-17 season shooting 105-for-162 from the field (.648), setting a new all-time school record... Recorded 35 offensive and 94 defensive rebounds for a total of 129... Also picked up 19 assists, 17 steals and 22 blocks.
PORTLAND (2015-16): Saw action in 30 games, shooting .350 from the floor... Recorded 57 total rebounds (30 off. and 27 def.), 10 steals and four blocks.
FOLSOM HS '15: Throughout his final two seasons, led the Bulldogs to a combined 60-8 record, a Division II Northern Region Title and a Sac-Joaquin Section title... Earned All-Metro honors from the Sacramento Bee.
PERSONAL: Born in Sacramento, Calif.... Parents are Jeff and Julie Russell... Has four siblings: Faith, Jared, Emma and Bella... Something most people don't know about him is that he can play five instruments... Favorite facility he has competed at is Arco Arena... Cites setting the field goal percentage record at Casper College as his career sports highlight... Chose UC Davis due to its proximity to home.
Kudos to Aggies;
I'm lovin' my new home