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DAVIS, Calif. - CSUN may have enjoyed an early lead during Thursday night’s game at the Pavilion, but UC Davis’ trademark defense — it held the Matadors scoreless for 8:06 — led to a 63-56 victory, the team’s 18th straight at home. In addition to topping CSUN for the ninth straight game at home, and ninth-consecutive head-to-head matchup, its 56 points are the fewest scored by an Aggie opponent this season.
With this result, UC Davis will enter Saturday’s 5 p.m. home game vs. Cal Poly with a 13-7 overall and 4-2 Big West record. CSUN will enter its weekend home game vs. Long Beach State with records of 5-15 and 2-4. These teams will meet again next Thursday in Northridge in the first of two ESPN3 broadcasts featuring the Aggies next week.
Junior communication major TJ Shorts II led all Aggies with 16 points, senior communication major Chima Moneke collected his league-high 11th double-double of the season by finishing with 15 points and 13 rebounds, and junior communication major Siler Schneider scored 14 points along with his team-high five points.
CSUN could not contain the Aggies down low throughout the entire evening; UC Davis, the sixth-ranked public school in the nation, scored 46 of its points in the paint and outrebounded the Matadors 34-27 overall.
“We are going to get everyone’s best shot, nobody will overlook this team. We are talking about this (home) streak, and I am sure other teams are too because they want to become the team to end it,” said UC Davis head coach Jim Les.
“They made some shots early in the game, and late in the shot clock throughout the game. And I though we played very good defense. We told the guys at halftime that there are some halves that may not go our way, but good teams overcome adversity and find ways to win. In the second half, we were the aggressors and made them miss (their shots).”
Throughout the final 20 minutes, CSUN shot 39 percent the floor (11-for-28) compared to the Aggies who hit nearly 59 percent (16-for-27) of their attempts.
The decisive portion of Thursday’s game started with a layup from junior economics major Garrison Goode, and continued with a three from Schneider and another layup from Shorts II. That 7-0 run cut CSUN’s lead from 10 to three at halftime; the Matadors’ advantage disappeared throughout the inaugural minutes of the second half with another 11-0 run, which gave UC Davis a 34-26 lead until they ended an eight-minute scoring drought four minutes into the second half.
Said Les. “When we lock in on defense, we have a chance to be good. The challenge for all of us is being consistent over the course of 40 minutes. It’s a lot to ask for that for the full 40, but our goal has to be that.
“I do not think we have played our best basketball, I think this team has a high ceiling. It’s up to us as a staff to help the guys reach it.”
UC DAVIS 63, CSUN 56
CSUN (5-15, 2-4 BWC)
Warren, Micheal 7-14 3-3 20; Dawson, Tavrion 5-12 2-5 12; Gomez, Terrell 3-11 1-1 9; Theus Jr., Reggie 3-7 0-0 6; Kaba-Camara, Mahamad 2-2 2-2 6; Guevara, Jonathan 1-2 0-0 3; Pipkins, Jalon 0-2 0-0 0; Shreiner, Lyrik 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 21-53 8-11 56.
UC DAVIS (13-7, 4-2 BWC)
Shorts II, TJ 6-11 4-5 16; Moneke, Chima 6-12 3-3 15; Schneider, Siler 6-12 1-2 14; Goode, Garrison 3-4 0-1 6; John, AJ 2-5 0-0 4; Mooney, Joe 1-3 0-0 2; Printup, Rogers 1-1 0-0 2; Hennings, Arell 0-3 2-2 2; Onyebalu, Michael 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-54 10-13 63.
CSUN............................ 26 30 - 56
UC Davis...................... 23 40 - 63
3-point goals--CSUN 6-23 (Warren, Micheal 3-6; Gomez, Terrell 2-8; Guevara, Jonathan 1-2; Shreiner, Lyrik 0-2; Dawson, Tavrion 0-5), UC Davis 1-10 (Schneider, Siler 1-2; John, AJ 0-2; Mooney, Joe 0-2; Hennings, Arell 0-1; Onyebalu, Michael 0-2; Shorts II, TJ 0-1). Fouled out--CSUN-None, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--CSUN 27 (Dawson, Tavrion 6; Guevara, Jonathan 6), UC Davis 34 (Moneke, Chima 13). Assists--CSUN 15 (Guevara, Jonathan 4), UC Davis 12 (Schneider, Siler 5). Total fouls--CSUN 16, UC Davis 16. Technical fouls--CSUN-None, UC Davis-None. A-1075
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