DAVIS, Calif. - After Cal Maritime opened Saturday night's non-conference game at the Pavilion by scoring the first three points, UC Davis scored 22 of the following 25 points, led by as many as 40 and cruised to a 78-41 victory over the Keelhaulers in the Aggies' final non-conference tune-up.
A three-point field goal from Cal Maritime's Blaine Shively with 11 seconds remaining prevented the Aggies from holding an opponent under 40 points for the first time as a Div. I program. Instead, the Keelhaulers became the second opponent the Aggies held to a program-low 41 points.
On Dec. 30, 2008, Dartmouth was held to 41 points in a game that also took place inside the Pavilion.
UC Davis will enter Wednesday's Big West opener at the Pavilion, against CSUN, with a 10-3 record. The Aggies' 10 wins, prior to the start of league play, are a new Division-I high, and twice as many compared to last year's pre-Big West slate.
Until Saturday night, the 2008-09 roster set the previous D-I program high by winning six games before facing its first league opponent.
Returning to the Pavilion for the first time in 26 days - the Aggies hit the road for four consecutive games after hosting Eastern Illinois on Dec. 9 - the Aggies saw Cal Maritime score the first three points before lighting it up from three themselves in the subsequent four-plus minutes.
What started with a three from Ritchart to tie the game, continues with back-to-back threes from Avery Johnson. Layups from Ritchart and J.T. Adenrele provided a brief scoring respite from distance before Ritchart and Johnson connected from behind the arc on back-to-back possessions.
Before the game was even six minutes old, Johnson tied a career high by canning three from three and Aggies led 19-6.
Johnson was one of four Aggies to score double figures; including his season-high 13 points, Adenrele and Josh Ritchart ended with a game-high 15 and 11.
Brynton Lemar led all players with a career-high nine rebounds, nearly twice as many as his previous best of five set at Stanford on Dec. 14, 2013.
Blaine Shively, one of 15 Cal Maritime players to see action against the Aggies, led his team with seven points.
Freshman guard Michael Onyebalu set two new career highs by finishing with seven points, on three field goals out of his six attempts. Onyebalu also nailed one of two shots from three.
From that point of the game until halftime, UC Davis outscored Cal Maritime 23-9 and entered the locker room at the break shooting 18-for-30 overall (.600 pct.) and 6-for-12 (.500 pct.) from three.
Of the Aggies' 18 baskets scored in the first half, assists were earned on all but two.
For the game, UC Davis shot 29-for-54 (.537 pct) overall, 12-for-20 from three (a season-high .600 pct.) - including a rare bucket from Adenrele, the second of his career and first since the 2012-13 season - and 8-for-14 from the line (.571 pct.).
Cal Maritime finished with shooting figures of 12-for-50 (a season-low .240 pct.), 5-for-22 (.227 pct.) and 12-for-18 (.667 pct.) respectively.
For the second time in as many games, UC Davis set a new season high by finishing with 22 assists. Before posting a season-high 19 in its last game at Seattle (12/30/14), the Aggies collected a then-season-best 17 at Air Force.
Tyler Les led all Aggies with a season-high seven assists, one shy of his career high. By comparison, Cal Maritime recorded 10 assists as a team throughout Saturday's game.
UC Davis will start its Big West schedule with CSUN visits Davis Wednesday evening. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
UC DAVIS 78, CAL MARITIME 41
Shively, Blaine 2-5 2-2 7; Barnes, Dominique 1-7 3-6 6; Fetzer, Alec 3-6 0-0 6; Dungo, Patrick 1-1 2-2 5; Delgado, Roman 2-6 0-0 5; Smith, Adam 1-2 2-4 4; Poole, Lionel 1-4 0-0 3; Davis, Zach 1-6 0-0 2; Ruder, Harley 0-3 2-2 2; Strandberg, Levi 0-2 1-2 1; Koustik, Austin 0-2 0-0 0; Jolly, Kyjel 0-1 0-0 0; Hoyt, Kameron 0-4 0-0 0; Sayers, Austin 0-0 0-0 0; Daily, Michael 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 12-50 12-18 41.
UC DAVIS (10-3)
Adenrele, J.T. 7-11 0-0 15; Johnson, Avery 4-7 2-4 13; Ritchart, Josh 4-4 0-0 11; Monson, Neal 3-4 2-2 8; Onyebalu, Michael 3-6 0-0 7; Graham, Darius 3-6 0-0 7; Les, Tyler 2-3 0-0 6; Fox, Josh 2-5 2-2 6; Lemar, Brynton 1-6 1-2 4; Dueck, Justin 0-0 1-4 1; Funtarov, Georgi 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-54 8-14 78.
Cal Maritime.................. 15 26 - 41
UC Davis........................ 42 36 - 78
3-point goals--Cal Maritime 5-22 (Poole, Lionel 1-1; Barnes, Dominique 1-4; Delgado, Roman 1-4; Dungo, Patrick 1-1; Shively, Blaine 1-4; Strandberg, Levi 0-2; Hoyt, Kameron 0-3; Daily, Michael 0-1; Fetzer, Alec 0-1; Jolly, Kyjel 0-1), UC Davis 12-20 (Ritchart, Josh 3-3; Johnson, Avery 3-5; Les, Tyler 2-3; Lemar, Brynton 1-2; Graham, Darius 1-2; Onyebalu, Michael 1-2; Adenrele, J.T. 1-1; Funtarov, Georgi 0-1; Fox, Josh 0-1). Fouled out--Cal Maritime-Davis, Zach, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--Cal Maritime 29 (Poole, Lionel 5; Barnes, Dominique 5), UC Davis 38 (Lemar, Brynton 9). Assists--Cal Maritime 10 (Hoyt, Kameron 4), UC Davis 22 (Les, Tyler 7). Total fouls--Cal Maritime 19, UC Davis 16. Technical fouls--Cal Maritime-None, UC Davis-None. A-1578
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