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FULLERTON, Calif. - Senior communication major Chima Moneke set new career highs by finishing with 29 points and 12 made free throws (out of 13 attempts), junior communication major TJ Shorts II posted 13 points and a game-high four assists in front of friends, family and supporters who made the drive from Tustin to Titan Gym, and the Aggies trailed by only five until Cal State Fullerton hit its threes to defeat the Aggies, 85-70, in Saturday night’s league tilt.
UC Davis, victorious in its last 16 straight at home, will look to extend this streak in Wednesday night’s 7 p.m. conference clash vs. Long Beach State, and will enter the Pavilion that evening with an 11-6 overall and 2-1 Big West record.
Cal State Fullerton will continue its season with records of 11-5 and 4-0.
In addition to Shorts II and Moneke, who notched his second 20-plus-point game of the week, seventh 20-point game of the season and 16th double-double of the year by collecting a game-high 12 rebounds, junior psychology major AJ John finished with nine points and five rebounds throughout his impressive 28 minutes on the court.
“This team’s DNA, and makeup, is on the defensive end. The formula is simple, but not easy to execute every night: When we defend and make things tough, we disrupt opponents’ rhythm offensively and generally enjoy success,” said UC Davis head coach Jim Les. “When we don’t, it makes things hard on us.”
Ten of Cal State Fullerton’s 28 field goals were from three, an anomaly when one considers that the Titans entered Saturday’s game, broadcasted by ESPN3, averaging five three-pointers per game and faced a UC Davis squad that led the league in three-point defense, allowing opponents to shoot a paltry .302 from distance.
“The other night against UC Riverside, we were able to pull out a win. But tonight, against a good offensive team, we were unable to do that,” Les added.
In recent seasons, UC Davis earned victories vs. Cal State Fullerton more often than not, and won seven of the last 10 head-to-head games. Of the four losses now suffered against the Titans since 2013, three took place on CSF’s home floor.
Kyle Allman and Khalil Ahmad led the Titans in scoring at 27 and 25 points apiece.
CAL STATE FULLERTON 85, UC DAVIS 70
UC DAVIS (11-6, 2-1 BWC)
Moneke, Chima 8-15 12-13 29; Shorts II, TJ 4-8 5-9 13; John, AJ 3-8 3-3 9; Mooney, Joe 2-3 1-2 7; Schneider, Siler 3-7 0-0 6; Hennings, Arell 1-4 2-2 4; Russell, Colin 1-1 0-2 2; Jackson, Delveion 0-1 0-0 0; Printup, Rogers 0-2 0-0 0; Onyebalu, Michael 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-52 23-31 70.
CAL STATE FULLERTON (11-5, 4-0 BWC)
Allman, Kyle 8-15 8-8 27; Ahmad, Khalil 8-17 4-6 25; Rowe, Jackson 3-5 2-3 10; Heinzl, Dominik 3-5 3-5 9; Awosika, Austen 2-7 0-0 4; Clare, Davon 2-4 0-0 4; Smith, Jamal 1-3 2-2 4; Robertson, Arkim 1-1 0-0 2; Pitts, Josh 0-0 0-0 0; Wang, Johnny 0-0 0-0 0; Ramos, Dwight 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 28-57 19-25
UC Davis.............................. 37 33 - 70
Cal State Fullerton........... 48 37 - 85
3-point goals--UC Davis 3-15 (Mooney, Joe 2-3; Moneke, Chima 1-2; John, AJ 0-2; Hennings, Arell 0-3; Jackson, Delveion 0-1; Printup, Rogers 0-2; Onyebalu, Michael 0-2), Cal State Fullerton 10-20 (Ahmad, Khalil 5-10; Allman, Kyle 3-6; Rowe, Jackson 2-2; Awosika, Austen 0-2). Fouled out--UC Davis-None, Cal State Fullerton-None. Rebounds--UC Davis 33 (Moneke, Chima 12), Cal State Fullerton 30 (Ahmad, Khalil 7). Assists--UC Davis 9 (Shorts II, TJ 4), Cal State Fullerton 15 (Allman, Kyle 4). Total fouls--UC Davis 22, Cal State Fullerton 24. Technical fouls--UC Davis-None, Cal State Fullerton-Ahmad, Khalil. A-1267
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