DAVIS, Calif. - Down by seven early in the second half of Wednesday's Big West Conference game at the Pavilion, jumpers from Siler Schneider, Darius Graham and Josh Fox trimmed their team's deficit to one point, but three straight three-pointers from Brynton Lemar -- the last canned with seven minutes and three seconds left in the game -- extended the Aggies' lead to 10 points -- an advantage UC Davis held for the rest of the evening to defeat Cal State Fullerton, 69-64.
With its result, UC Davis won its 11th straight Big West home game, improved to 8-11 overall and 3-3 in league play. The Aggies have now won four of the last five games on Hamilton Court and five of the last six head-to-head matchups against the Titans.
Khalil Ahmad led Cal State Fullerton with 27 points and Jamar Akoh recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for a team that will return to Orange County with an 8-11 overall and 1-5 Big West record.
Fox finished in double figures for the seventh game in a row and led all Aggies with 19 points; Schneider hit six of his 10 shots and finished with 15. Thanks to his red-hot shooting from behind the arc, Lemar ended his night with 12 points.
Graham chipped in another 13 points, on 4 of 8 shooting, but the two charges he drew against the Titans, at key moments of the second half, helped the Aggies turn a seven-point deficit into a 10-point lead.
UC Davis last saw four players record double-digit point totals during its road trip at Seattle; the same four Aggies, led by Fox, paced the team that night.
The Aggies' defensive presence, throughout the final 20 minutes of Wednesday's game, was another key element in the team's victory. Cal State Fullerton shot .318 overall and .167 from three vs. a UC Davis team that recorded a .423 overall shooting clip and .500 percentage from three in the second half.
On one end of the court, the Aggies' defense did a phenomenal job frustrating their opponent and forced the Titans to commit 16 turnovers. Off those miscues, UC Davis scored 19 points -- one shy of a season-high figure.
Ten of the Aggies' 33 rebounds took place on offense, which led to 14 second chance points.
Down by two at halftime, Cal State Fullerton started the second half with a 7-2 scoring throughout the first two minutes once play resumed. UC Davis then responded with a 6-0 scoring run, the first of two key second-half scoring runs, which pulled the team within one point at the 15-minute mark.
After the teams traded baskets for the next four minutes, a jumper from Schneider gave the Aggies their first lead of the half with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
With UC Davis leading 49-47 at that point of the night, Kennedy Esume trimmed that lead to one by connecting on 1 of 2 free throws on CSF's next possession.
It was then when Lemar energized the Pavilion by draining three shots from three, in as many attempts, which gave UC Davis the lead for good.
"He had some really good looks in the second half ... he took a shot in front of the bench that was half-way down, I told him to keep shooting," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les. "He's too good of a shooter not to get hot.
"I thought those three three-point shots were the difference, that and Darius taking charges and creating steals."
The Aggies will return to action on Saturday and host Cal Poly in the second game of a home doubleheader. The men's game will start at 5:30 p.m. or 35 minutes after the preceding women's game ends, whichever is later.
UC DAVIS 69, CAL STATE FULLERTON 64
CAL STATE FULLERTON (8-11, 1-5 BWC)
Ahmad, Khalil 7-14 11-12 27; Leslie, Lionheart 7-13 0-1 18; Akoh, Jamar 5-8 4-8 14; Esume, Kennedy 1-2 1-2 3; Allman, Kyle 0-6 2-2 2; Henderson, Malcolm 0-1 0-0 0; Myles, Tim 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-46 18-25 64.
UC DAVIS (8-11, 3-3 BWC)
Fox, Josh 7-15 5-7 19; Schneider, Siler 6-10 1-2 15; Graham, Darius 4-8 3-4 13; Lemar, Brynton 4 12 1-2 12; Monson, Neal 3-6 2-2 8; White, Lawrence 1-5 0-0 2; Goode, Garrison 0-0 0-0 0; Printup, Rogers 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-57 12-17 69.
Cal State Fullerton........... 37 27 - 64
UC Davis.......................... 35 34 - 69
3-point goals--Cal State Fullerton 6-17 (Leslie, Lionheart 4-10; Ahmad, Khalil 2-5; Allman, Kyle 0-2), UC Davis 7-16 (Lemar, Brynton 3-7; Graham, Darius 2-4; Schneider, Siler 2-3; Printup, Rogers 0-1; White, Lawrence 0-1). Fouled out--Cal State Fullerton-Akoh, Jamar, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--Cal State Fullerton 34 (Akoh, Jamar 10), UC Davis 33 (Fox, Josh 7). Assists--Cal State Fullerton 8 (Akoh, Jamar 3), UC Davis 9 (Schneider, Siler 4). Total fouls--Cal State Fullerton 19, UC Davis 19. Technical fouls--Cal State Fullerton-None, UC Davis-None. A-905
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