Jan. 24, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - J.T. Adenrele and Corey Hawkins each scored 22 points for UC Davis on Thursday night but guard D.J. Seeley countered with 32 for Cal State Fullerton, as the Titans came back to beat the Aggies 95-88 in a Big West Conference men's basketball game at The Pavilion.
Ryan Sypkens canned six three-pointers and finished with 18 points for the Aggies, who fell to 7-11 overall and 3-4 in the conference after having their two-game winning streak snapped. Josh Ritchart scored 11 points.
"The guys played hard and really did some things well tonight offensively by scoring 88, we just cannot rely on getting into shootouts with other teams," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les.
Of Adenrele's 22 points, 10 were earned at the line as the sophomore forward drained all but one of his attempts.
"Coach Les has been working with me and wanted me to focus on my rhythm when I am on the line," said Adenrele.
"I give J.T. (Adenrele) all the credit, he comes early to practice and stays late to take extra free throws. That has him develop confidence when he needs to step up to the line in a game," said Les.
His 10 free throws were a new career high, surpassing his previous mark of six recorded earlier this month against Pacific.
Kwame Vaughn helped the Titans with 20 points, Sammy Yeager added 16 and Alex Harris finished with 10 for Cal State Fullerton which improved to 11-8 overall and 4-3 in the conference.
UC Davis led 45-40 at halftime and opened a 55-47 lead through the first four minutes of the second half. However, the Titans gradually cut into the advantage before taking their first lead since the first half when Yeager's three-pointer made it 74-73 with nine minutes left.
Vaughn's three-point play with 7:46 to go put the Titans up for good, 76-74. The game remained tight the rest of the way but UC Davis wasn't able to overcome the deficit.
A spirited crowd of 2,866 witnessed six tied scores and 17 lead changes throughout Thursday's Big West game.
Both teams shot the ball well. The Titans made 55 percent of their attempts, including 12 of 23 (52.2 percent) from beyond the arc, while UC Davis converted 51 percent.
Prior to Thursday's game, UC Davis was a perfect 6-0 when leading with 10 minutes remaining in the game, a streak that was snapped by one of only seven teams in the country averaging 80 or more points per game.
"We are battling and competitive in every game we play, that is the first step. Now we have to find ways to win games and hold serve at home. If we win one on Saturday, then we are back in the thick of things and that is where we want to be - in the hunt with important league games in January and February," said Les.
The Aggies will return to action on Saturday, hosting UC Riverside at 7 p.m.