Packed Pavilion during ESPN’s fifth visit to UC Davis, in as many seasons, highlights another undefeated season on Hamilton Court
Dani Nafekh, Brynton Lemar and Alexis Brown receive top individual honors; student-athletes select recipients of six new awards
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
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: NCAA CAREER IN SPORTS FORUM PARTICIPANT... ALL-BIG WEST HONORABLE MENTION... BIG WEST CONFERENCE HUSTLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR... SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST... ALLSTATE GOOD WORKS AWARD NATIONAL NOMINEE... Graduated from UC Davis with the following D-I era career rankings: No. 2 in assists (418), No. 6 in free throws made (200), No. 7 in three-point field goals made (125), No. 9 in points (923) and No. 10 in field goals made (299)... Graham in the third player in the program's all-time history to collect 400 or more assists... Collected 113 assists throughout his senior season, a team-high figure that is the third-highest single-season assist total among all Big West Conference players, and the third-highest single-season total in the program's Division I era... His three, hit in the final minutes of his last home game as an Aggie, turned his team’s lead into a three-possession margin, and all but officially sealed a win vs. Hawai’i (3/2); finished with 10 points and four assists that night... Grabbed a season-high five rebounds, scored 13 points on three baskets, two threes, hit all five shots at the line vs. Long Beach State (2/25)... By finishing with a game-high seven assists vs. CSUN (2/23), Darius Graham became the third Aggie in program history to reach 400 for his career... Connected on 4 of 7 shots, including two from three, to finish with 11 points at Long Beach State (2/16)... Scored six points and earned a game-high five assists vs. UC Riverside (2/11)... His season-high six free throws made, in as many attempts, throughout the final minutes at UC Santa Barbara (2/4) helped UC Davis record a season sweep by virtue of its three-point victory... Nailed a season-high five free throws, led all players with five assists and scored 12 points vs. UC Irvine (1/28)... Hit two straightaway threes, the last breaking a 63-all tie with four minutes remaining to give his team the lead for all but 26 seconds of the of the final 4:12 played in the Aggies’ six-point victory at Hawai’i (1/21)... Back-to-back threes, and a layup that took place four possessions later helped UC Davis take the lead for good with 5:27 remaining at CSUN (1/14)... Earned half of the Aggies 10 assists vs. Cal Poly (1/7)... Earned a season high seven assists vs. Utah Valley (12/31)... Scored eight points and led all players with four assists at Seattle U (12/28)... With the Aggies down by five with 35 seconds remaining, his three spurred a 6-1 scoring run that helped his team tie Idaho (12/3) with six seconds left in regulation... In front of a hometown crowd, Graham scored the first basket in a college game in Golden 1 Center’s history and banked in buzzer-beating three right before halftime to give UC Davis the lead for good vs. Sacramento State (11/21)... Ended with 15 points, on 5 of 7 shooting, vs. Holy Names (11/17)... Scored 16 points and match his career high in field goals (6) and three-point field goals (4) vs. Northern Arizona (11/13).
2015-16: ALL-BIG WEST HONORABLE MENTION... BIG WEST HUSTLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR... Ended the season with the following Big West rankings: No. 10 in assists (2.7 apg)... One of the team’s three captains... His 102 assists is the fourth-highest single-season total in the program’s D-I era... The only Aggie named a starter in all 30 games; one of three players who appeared in every game... Earned All-Big West honors for the first time in his career when he received honorable mention... The second Aggie (Joe Harden is the first) to win the Big West Conference’s Best Hustle Award... His coast-to-coast layups, in the final minutes of double overtime at CSUN (3/5) helped UC Davis erase a four-point deficit and force triple overtime... Scored 18 points and earned four assists that evening against the Matadors... Finished with 14 points and tied a career high by nailing four threes; all but one of his field goals were from distance in the Aggies’ ESPN2 home game against UC Irvine (2/27)... Scored a team-high 14 points — three of his five field goals were from three — and posted a season-high six assists at Cal Poly (2/18)... Three of his five field goals were from three; he also hit all six shots at the line to finish with a game-high 19 points vs. UC Santa Barbara (2/11)... Led all Aggies with 16 points at Cal State Fullerton; three of his four baskets were from three, he also hit all five of his free throws... Finished with 12 points and four rebounds, but it was two drawn charges throughout the latter portion of the second half, a steal and coast-to-coast layup with less than a minute remaining that turned a seven-point deficit into a seven-point lead vs. Cal State Fullerton (1/27)... Scored a season-high 21 points, and hit a career-high four shots from three and seven shots at the line vs. UC Riverside (1/21)... Scored 12 points, on three treys and another three from the line, and set up the game-tying shot, which forced OT, at Seattle University (12/28)... Led the Aggies in scoring with 16 points, on a career-high six field goals, and fell one point shy of matching a season high vs. Air Force (12/19)... Set new career highs by scoring 17 points and draining three shots from three in front of a hometown crowd at Sacramento State (11/24).
2014-15: Ended the season ranked No. 7 in the Big West Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.38) and No. 10 in assists per game (3.19)... His only three-point field goal made vs. UC Riverside (3/5) took place with 1:08 remaining and gave UC Davis its first lead of the game; by winning that matchup, the Aggies captured their inaugural Big West championship... By finishing with three assists vs. Cal State Fullerton (2/12), Graham reached 200 for his career... Deflected the ball out-of-bounds off a Gaucho, and recorded his lone steal throughout the final two minutes of UC Davis' game vs. UCSB (1/29); those extra possessions helped the Aggies increase their lead to four points with :34 remaining in the game (one they eventually won by six)... Scored eight points, nailed all three shots at the line and earned a team-high six of the Aggies' 17 assists - tying a season high for the third time - at Cal State Fullerton (1/17)... Set or tied four season highs in the Aggies' come-from-behind victory vs. Long Beach State (1/10) on ESPNU... Knocked in three of his team's final five free throws, in OT, to seal the victory for the Aggies against the 49ers... Earned a season-high six assists for the second time in as many games, and chipped in seven points... Responsible for a game-high six of his team's 19 assists at Seattle (12/30)... Earned a team-high five of UC Davis' 17 assists at Air Force (12/20)... Recorded a game-high five assists at Eastern Illinois (11/20).
2013-14: Ended the season ranked No. 7 in the Big West with a 1.43 assist/turnover ratio and No. 9 with 3.00 assists per game... Shot 4 of 6 from the floor and connected on his only three-point attempt to finish with nine points at UC Riverside (3/6)... Earned his 100th assist as an Aggie against Hawai'i (1/23)... Dished a team-high five of the Aggies' 14 assists at Long Beach State (1/11)... Scored 13 points, made all four of his free throws and earned a team-high four assists at CSUN (1/9)... Connected on all four free throw attempts and earned a team-high five of the Aggies' eight assists vs. Furman (12/30)... Scored a career-high 16 points, including a career-high 12 from the line, at San Jose State (12/18)... Earned a career-high eight assists and posted a career-high two steals, including one in the final seconds to set up Ryan Sypkens' game-tying three with 1.2 seconds remaining to force overtime against Loyola Chicago (11/23)... Recorded a career-best five rebounds vs. Holy Names (11/11)...Set a new career high in scoring before reaching the midway point of the first half in the Aggies' season-opener at Portland (11/8).
2012-13: Recorded a season-high five rebounds and four assists in his inaugural game as an Aggie at Oklahoma State (11/9)... Tied his season high with four assists earned against Eastern Washington (12/17)...Also blocked his first shot as an Aggie vs. Eastern Washington... Earned a season-high five assists at Utah State (12/21).
SACRAMENTO HS ' 12: Averaged 10 points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals per game during his senior season for the Dragons... Had nearly identical statistics as a junior after playing on Sacramento HS team that made NorCal Regional finals in 2010... Named to All-Metro Conference first team and was All-Sac Metro honorable mention... Poured in 28 points against Pasadena HS, had 22 vs. Kennedy HS and added another 20 in win over Johnson HS - highlights of his senior season... Dished a season-high seven assists against Rosemont HS... Had six assists in at least 10 games as a junior... Earned honor roll accolades every quarter and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
PERSONAL: Born in Sacramento, California... Majoring in sociology... Parents are Sebastian and Darlene Graham... Favorite facility he has played in is Sacramento's Sleep Train Pavilion... Before every game he kisses his hands, touches his shoes where his grandfather's name is and points up to the sky... Would play badminton at UC Davis if not for basketball... Best players he faced were "everyone I went head to head against daily at Sac High"... His father, who played football, is both his sports and non-sports hero... If he could change anything about his sport, it would be "to take everyone 6-5 and above out."
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