DAVIS, Calif. - Five lead changes took place throughout the first 12 minutes of Saturday's Big West Conference game at the Pavilion, and then UC Davis' rout of UC Riverside began with a 20-5 run that helped it take a 14-point halftime lead, continued with another 6-0 run once play resumed in the second half, and the Aggies led by as many as 22 points in a game they won by a 77-63 score.
With the win, UC Davis, and the 2,607 fans in attendance, helped extend the team's undefeated home record to 8-0, improve its overall record to 16-9 and Big West mark to 8-2. UC Riverside will return home with records of 7-15 and 5-6.
Led by Brynton Lemar who tied a career high by hitting four of his five baskets from three -- finishing with 14 points -- four Aggies scored double figures.
By canning three shots from distance within a three-minute timespan, Siler Schneider scored 13 points. Mikey Henn added another 11 by hitting 4 of 6 shots from the floor and 3 of 4 free throws, and J.T. Adenrele added his name to this list by ending his evening with 10 points and six rebounds.
Helping UC Davis collect its seventh win in the last 10 head-to-head games against the Highlanders was its stingy defense, which frustrated UCR all night long. Three days after Cal State Fullerton committed 22 turnovers, a season-high total by an Aggie opponent, UC Riverside nearly matched that total by finishing with 21.
Those Highlander miscues led to 26 points for UC Davis.
"You can see it, the guys are live, they are long, athletic and helping each other," said head coach Jim Les regarding the team's defense. "They are enjoying playing that level of defense, and it leads to opportunities on the other end."
Trailing 15-14, Arell Hennings hit two free throws that turned a one-point deficit into a one-point lead -- an advantage the Aggies held for the rest of the game.
UC Davis quickly extended its lead to double digits by nailing numerous shots from distance. In addition to Schneider's three shots from behind the arc, Lemar also hit a three of his own in the waning moments of the first half.
Combined with Adenrele's last-second layup before halftime, UC Davis entered the break up by 14 and never looked back.
Victorious in six of their last seven games, the Aggies' next contest will take place on Thursday when the Big West's first place team heads to Long Beach for ESPN3's national broadcast. Tipoff from the Walter Pyramid is set for 7 p.m.
UC DAVIS 77, UC RIVERSIDE 63
UC RIVERSIDE (7-15, 5-6 BWC)
Rosser, Brandon 6-7 2-4 15; Johnson, Secean 4-10 5-5 13; Dijkstra, Menno 5-7 0-0 12; Martin, Dikymbe 3-11 2-2 9; Thomas, Gentrey 3-6 0-0 7; Larsson, Alex 2-7 1-2 5; Flippin, Koh 0-3 1-4 1; Jackson, James 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 23-51 12-19 63.
UC DAVIS (16-9, 8-2 BWC)
Lemar, Brynton 5-10 0-0 14; Schneider, Siler 4-12 2-2 13; Henn, Mikey 4-6 3-4 11; Adenrele, J.T. 4-8 2-3 10; White, Lawrence 3-8 2-4 8; Moneke, Chima 0-5 7-10 7; Graham, Darius 1-2 4-4 6; Hennings, Arell 0-2 4-4 4; Goode, Garrison 1-1 2-3 4; Onyebalu, Michael 0-0 0-0 0; Funtarov, Georgi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-54 26-34 77.
UC Riverside.................. 20 43 - 63
UC Davis........................ 34 43 - 77
3-point goals--UC Riverside 5-16 (Dijkstra, Menno 2-2; Martin, Dikymbe 1-5; Rosser, Brandon 1-2; Thomas, Gentrey 1-2; Flippin, Koh 0-3; Johnson, Secean 0-2), UC Davis 7-17 (Lemar, Brynton 4-7; Schneider, Siler 3-8; Hennings, Arell 0-1; Henn, Mikey 0-1). Fouled out--UC Riverside-Rosser, Brandon, UC Davis-Schneider, Siler. Rebounds--UC Riverside 31 (Johnson, Secean 10), UC Davis 36 (Moneke, Chima 8). Assists--UC Riverside 14 (Martin, Dikymbe 4; Johnson, Secean 4), UC Davis 17 (Graham, Darius 5). Total fouls--UC Riverside 23, UC Davis 19. Technical fouls--UC Riverside-None, UC Davis-None. A-2607
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