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LONG BEACH, Calif. - Of the career-high 31 points scored by junior communication major TJ Shorts II in Saturday's Big West Conference game at Long Beach State, none were bigger than the three featured in the video below because those points, scored with two seconds remaining in double overtime, lifted UC Davis to a 105-104 victory.
It was this basket in a game featured across the nation on ESPN3...
-- Big West MBB (@BigWestMBB) February 4, 2018
...that led to this, which helped the sixth-ranked public school in the nation sweep Long Beach State for the second time in the last four years, and remain in first place entering Thursday's 7 p.m. home game vs. UC Santa Barbara with a chance to extend its home win streak to 20 games.
"Coach drew up a great play," said Shorts about the game winner. "We inbounded it to Rogers (Printup), he found me on the wing, and I just knew I had a good look. I didn't want to go all the way to the rim.
"We were going to win it, or we were just going to fall right there. So putting that shot up and seeing it fall, it was great. The second I let it go, I thought it had a chance. And to see it go all the way through that net, it was a great feeling," he added.
"That play is only as good as the players who execute it. Those guys did it. From Joe's (Mooney) inbound pass to Rogers look to TJ, we thought they were going to try and deny him on the inbound and thought we could catch them on the second look," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les.
"And it's no coincidence, he does that shot all the time during shootaround. He does those running half-quarters, he probably has as much confidence in that as he does a layup."
Throughout both overtimes, neither team led by more than a basket in a game that ended with 20 tied scores and 16 lead changes.
With Long Beach State leading 104-102, sophomore economics major Joe Mooney inbounded the ball to sophomore communication major Rogers Printup, who found Shorts II racing downcourt on the near sideline. After Printup led his teammate with the perfect bounce pass, Shorts II took two dribbles, squared his shoulders and hit the game-winning bucket.
Even though Shorts II provided the heartbreaking moment for LBSU fans, and a highlight that no UC Davis fan will ever forget, it was a true team performance leading up to those final seconds that helped the Aggies post the second-highest point total, and second 100-point game in the team's Big West era.
Junior communication Siler Schneider scored 15 of his 27 points after halftime, junior economics major Garrison Goode scored a career-high 14 points (posting his first career double-figure scoring game), which included a career-high eight earned at the free throw line, and Printup, who hit three of his five baskets from three to chip in another 13.
Senior communication major Michael Onyebalu shattered his previous career high of six rebounds by finishing with 11, more than one-fourth of his team's total to notch his first career double-figure rebound game as an Aggie. In addition to scoring five points, Mooney also set a career high of his own by collecting four assists.
The entire team did a phenomenal job taking advantage of 14 LBSU turnovers, which led to 23 points; the Aggies also recorded all seven fast break points earned by either team, and owned the paint, where it scored 56 points.
Known across the league for its defense, the Aggies also shined on offense in crunch time by hitting 67 percent of their shots from the floor (8-for-12) and 60 percent of their attempts from three (3-for-5) throughout both overtime periods.
UC Davis also hit half of its shots or more throughout regulation, connecting on 13 of 26 attempts before halftime (50 pct.) and 16 of 31 (52 pct. once action resumed after the break.
UC DAVIS 105, LONG BEACH STATE 104 (2OT)
UC DAVIS (16-7, 7-2 BWC)
Shorts II, TJ 12-17 6-10 31; Schneider, Siler 10-17 7-7 27; Goode, Garrison 3-8 8-11 14; Printup, Rogers 5-7 0-0 13; Mooney, Joe 2-7 0-1 5; Russell, Colin 1-2 3-4 5; Onyebalu, Michael 1-5 1-2 4; Hennings, Arell 2-2 0-0 4; John, AJ 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 37-69 25-35 105.
LONG BEACH STATE (12-14, 6-4 BWC)
Levin, Gabe 10-20 24-28 45; Alberts, Bryan 4-11 1-2 13; Yussuf, Temidayo 4-8
4-7 12; Roberts, Jordan 4-8 2-4 10; Maxhuni, Edon 3-6 0-1 9; Byers, KJ 3-7
3-6 9; Riggins, Mason 1-2 0-0 2; Griffin, Jordan 1-2 0-0 2; Booker, Deishuan
1-5 0-0 2; Richard, Breamon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-69 34-48 104.
UC Davis............................... 35 47 11 12 - 105
Long Beach State.............. 34 48 11 11 - 104
3-point goals--UC Davis 6-17 (Printup, Rogers 3-5; Onyebalu, Michael 1-3; Shorts II, TJ 1-2; Mooney, Joe 1-4; John, AJ 0-1; Schneider, Siler 0-2), Long Beach State 8-19 (Alberts, Bryan 4-9; Maxhuni, Edon 3-4; Levin, Gabe 1-2; Byers, KJ 0-1; Griffin, Jordan 0-1; Booker, Deishuan 0-2). Fouled
out--UC Davis-John, AJ; Goode, Garrison; Schneider, Siler, Long Beach State-Yussuf, Temidayo. Rebounds--UC Davis 39 (Onyebalu, Michael 11), Long Beach State 48 (Levin, Gabe 9). Assists--UC Davis 14 (Shorts II, TJ 7), Long Beach State 15 (Booker, Deishuan 4). Total fouls--UC Davis 32, Long Beach State 26. Technical fouls--UC Davis-None, Long Beach State-None. A-2660
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