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DAVIS, Calif. - Junior communication major Siler Schneider scored 14 of his career-high 29 points in the first half of Wednesday’s Big West Conference game vs. Long Beach State, junior psychology major AJ John posted career-high figures by scoring 13 points on five field goals, including three buckets from three, and junior communication major TJ Shorts II led all players with a career best seven assists, in addition to scoring 15 points, to help UC Davis record an 84-75 victory.
That home win is the Aggies’ 17th in a row (earned on Jan. 17, no less) and their 39th in the last 46 played on Hamilton Court.
UC Davis will enter Saturday’s 9 p.m. PT game at Hawai’i with a 12-6 overall and 3-1 Big West record; Long Beach State falls to 9-12 and 3-2 respectively.
"I think AJ had a really good mindset after a couple solid practices, his defensive presence and physicality was a nice plus," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les.
"Siler has been due for a breakout. He has had some tough games with shots going in and out ... but to his credit, he has been playing hard, kept defending, arrived to the gym early and stayed late to work on his shot. I am not surprised he enjoyed a big night."
Early in the game, Long Beach State held a three-point lead until the Aggies converted a rare five-point play, and scored 11 of 15 points before halftime to take the lead away from the 49ers for good.
On a three-point basket scored by sophomore economics major Joe Mooney, a foul was called underneath the basket on Long Beach’s Deishuan Booker, who was a bit too aggressive with his efforts for a potential rebound. Since UC Davis earned another possession due to that foul, Mooney struck again with a 15-foot jumper to complete the five-point play.
As the half continued, the 49ers struggled to find their rhythm against the Big West Conference’s No. 1 defense, and the Aggies took advantage of their play on one end the floor by scoring 11 of 15 points on the other end to take a five-point lead into the locker room at halftime.
Once action resumed, the Aggies slowly began to pull away, led by as many as 12 points and hit all six shots at the stripe during the game’s final two minutes to score a season-high point total against a Division I opponent.
Schneider hit four of his team’s 10 threes; nearly one-third of the team’s points were recorded from distance since they finished 32 of 60 (.533 pct.) from the floor, shot 10 of 17 from three and 10 of 14 from the free throw line.
UC Davis also took full advantage of the 49ers’ 19 turnovers by scoring 18 of its points off those miscues.
Led by John, the Aggies’ bench outscored their counterparts 25-22 with Mooney and senior communication major Michael Onyebalu each chipping in seven points, with senior American Studies major Arell Hennings adding another five to help UC Davis collect another victory on Hamilton Court.
"I think the guys are taking pride in this home streak, and it means something to them. To be in the conference race in late February and early March, you need to win games at home and pick up a few on the road. I like this team's focus and fortitude with regards to this home streak, they are embracing this experience and running to it, and not away from it," said Les.
UC DAVIS 84, LONG BEACH STATE 75
LONG BEACH STATE (9-12, 3-2 BWC)
Levin, Gabe 7-16 4-5 18; Maxhuni, Edon 4-8 0-0 10; Booker, Deishuan 4-6 0-0 9; Roberts, Jordan 4-7
0-0 8; Yussuf, Temidayo 3-9 2-6 8; Riggins, Mason 2-2 3-5 7; Byers, KJ 2-6 2-6 6; Richard, Breamon 0
3 6-6 6; Griffin, Jordan 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 27-60 17-28 75.
UC DAVIS (12-6, 3-1 BWC)
Schneider, Siler 11-19 3-5 29; Shorts II, TJ 6-12 3-5 15; John, AJ 5-7 0-0 13; Mooney, Joe 3-5 0-0 7;
Onyebalu, Michael 2-4 2-2 7; Moneke, Chima 3-8 0-0 6; Hennings, Arell 1-1 2-2 5; Goode, Garrison 1-2
0-0 2; Russell, Colin 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 32-60 10-14 84.
Long Beach State.............. 37 38 - 75
UC Davis............................... 42 42 - 84
3-point goals--Long Beach State 4-11 (Maxhuni, Edon 2-2; Griffin, Jordan 1-2; Booker, Deishuan 1-2; Byers, KJ 0-2; Richard, Breamon 0-2; Levin, Gabe 0-1), UC Davis 10-17 (Schneider, Siler 4-6; John, AJ 3-4; Onyebalu, Michael 1-3; Mooney, Joe 1-2; Hennings, Arell 1-1; Shorts II, TJ 0-1). Fouled out--Long Beach State-Byers, KJ; Booker, Deishuan, UC Davis-Goode, Garrison; John, AJ; Moneke, Chima. Rebounds--Long Beach State 41 (Yussuf, Temidayo 14), UC Davis 28 (Moneke, Chima 7). Assists--Long Beach State 12 (Richard, Breamon 2; Maxhuni, Edon 2; Yussuf, Temidayo 2; Booker, Deishuan 2; Roberts, Jordan 2), UC Davis 18 (Shorts II, TJ 7). Total fouls--Long Beach State 21, UC Davis 22. Technical fouls--Long Beach State-None, UC Davis-None. A-2169
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