Feb. 12, 2015
DAVIS, Calif. - Josh Fox scored a game-high 18 points, UC Davis never trailed and the Aggies remained unbeaten on Hamilton Court this season with their 11th win as they downed Cal State Fullerton, 75-69, in Thursday's Big West Conference game from the Pavilion.
UC Davis picked up its fifth victory in a row, improving to 19-4 overall and 9-1 in the Big West. The Titans, who were led by 11 points from Josh Gentry, Alex Harris and Lanerryl Johnson, fell to 9-15 overall and 1-8 in league play.
Thursday's win was the Aggies' 10th in their last 11 and the fourth earned in wire-to-wire fashion this season.
"We did not play our best basketball, but we were able to grind one out," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les. "This group has a unique knack to make plays when they absolutely had to."
Balanced scoring was a key for the Aggies who also saw Tyler Les score 14 points. Avery Johnson added 11 for UC Davis, Brynton Lemar, who set a new season high, and Josh Ritchart each added 10.
Bench scoring was also a factor with UC Davis' reserves outscoring the Titans' 40-30. In addition to Les and Fox, Monson finished with eight points.
Johnson also frustrated the Titans on defense all evening long, and set a new career high by recording four of the Aggies' seven steals.
UC Davis led by as many as 11 points in the second half before Fullerton pulled within two at 45-43 The Aggies, however, used a 6-0 run to take a 57-47 advantage and didn't let the Titans get closer than six points the rest of the way.
The Aggies scored the first four points of the game before gradually extending their lead to 29-18 with 3:59 left in the first half. They took a 31-24 lead into the break.
Fox hit all six shots from the floor, sank 5 of 7 from the line, added six rebounds and an assist. Ritchart also led UC Davis with eight boards. The Aggies played their third straight game without standout Corey Hawkins who missed Thursday's action due to injury.
"For us to play without Corey the last three games, pick up wins, and have numerous guys step up in his absence is a great sign from this team," added Les.
UC Davis will not return to action until next Thursday's (Feb. 19) key Big West showdown - broadcasted on ESPN3 - at Long Beach State. The Aggies will then return home to host Hawai'i on Feb. 21.
UC DAVIS 75, CAL STATE FULLERTON 69
CAL STATE FULLERTON (9-15, 1-8 BWC)
Harris, Alex 5-11 1-1 11; Gentry, Josh 3-3 5-5 11; Johnson, Lanerryl 3-10 3-6 11; McClellan, Steve 3-4 2-2 8; Mason, Jordan 4-8 0-0 8; Akoh, Jamar 2-4 2-3 7; Esume, Kennedy 2-3 1-2 5; Morgan, Moses 2-7 0-0 4; Singleton, Temjae 1-4 0-0 3; Blackwell, Sheldon 0-0 1-2 1; Walker, Corey 0-0 0-0 0; Boyd, Joe 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-55 15-21 69.
UC DAVIS (19-4, 9-1 BWC)
Fox, Josh 6-6 6-9 18; Les, Tyler 3-6 5-6 14; Johnson, Avery 3-7 4-8 11; Ritchart, Josh 4-11 0-0 10; Lemar, Brynton 1-6 7-10 10; Monson, Neal 2-4 4-4 8; Graham, Darius 1-2 2-2 4; Adenrele, J.T. 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 20-46 28-39 75.
Cal State Fullerton........... 24 45 - 69
UC Davis.......................... 31 44 - 75
3-point goals--Cal State Fullerton 4-16 (Johnson, Lanerryl 2-5; Singleton, Temjae 1-4; Akoh, Jamar 1-1; Morgan, Moses 0-2; Harris, Alex 0-4), UC Davis 7-16 (Les, Tyler 3-4; Ritchart, Josh 2-4; Lemar, Brynton 1-3; Johnson, Avery 1-5). Fouled out--Cal State Fullerton-Akoh, Jamar, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--Cal State Fullerton 29 (McClellan, Steve 9), UC Davis 32 (Ritchart, Josh 8). Assists--Cal State Fullerton 11 (Harris, Alex 3; Gentry, Josh 3), UC Davis 11 (Lemar, Brynton 3; Graham, Darius 3). Total fouls--Cal State Fullerton 27, UC Davis 19. Technical fouls--Cal State Fullerton-None, UC Davis-None. A-1528
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