Feb. 20, 2012
SEATTLE, Wash. - Josh Ritchart posted his second career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for UC Davis but Seattle received 16 points from Aaron Broussard as the Redhawks outscored UC Davis by 19 points in the second half for a come-from-behind 73-59 nonconference men's basketball win at Key Arena on Monday night.
UC Davis led by 14 points in the first half but Seattle outscored the Aggies 37-6 over a 12-minute span covering both halves to turn a 33-29 deficit into a 56-39 lead with 12 minutes remaining.
The Aggies, who also received 15 points from sophomore Harrison Dupont and 10 from senior Eddie Miller, saw their two-game winning streak end, sending their overall record to 4-23. Seattle won its fourth straight contest, improving to 10-14.
Eric Wallace and Prince Obasi each had 12 points for the Redhawks while Cervante Burrell had 11. Seattle benefitted from 13 second-half Aggie turnovers, turning them into 18 points.
The Aggies played much of the game without point guard Paolo Mancasola who was sidelined with injury in the first half and did not return as Seattle applied consistent fullcourt pressure.
"We handled the adversity of playing without Paolo in the first half really well," said head coach Jim Les. "I thought for the most part tonight, against the pressure, we did a nice job. We had a stretch there to start the second half where we got a little careless (and) maybe tried to do a little too much."
UC Davis fell behind by 21 points three times in Saturday's win at Northern Arizona but had the opposite fortune early on against the Redhawks, opening a pair of 14-point leads in the first half before settling for a 35-30 advantage at the break.
The Aggies trailed 10-7 in the opening minutes before an 8-0 run - keyed by the second of three first-half treys from Les - put them up 15-10. Ritchart later hit back-to-back three-pointers as UC Davis doubled a six-point lead to 27-15 midway through the half.
Adenrele's lay-in gave UC Davis the first of their two 14-point leads at 39-25 while DuPont's free throw near the four-minute mark provided the second at 33-19. Seattle, however, went on an 8-0 surge of its own, picking up five points from Prince Obasi to climb within 33-27.
The Aggies' defense held the Redhawks to 28.6 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes, including just 3 of 12 from beyond the arc. Broussard was the most effective scorer for Seattle, picking up 10 points despite shooting just 3 of 11 from the field.
Les had nine points in the first half - all on three-pointers - while Ritchart had eight and Miller, DuPont and Miller scored six each. Ritchart also had six boards.
Seattle, however, quickly turned that 35-30 halftime deficit into a lead catching UC Davis just over two minutes into the second half on a pair of free throws from Broussard. Clarence Trent then led a 17-1 surge, capping the run on a layup from Sterling Carter with 13:06 to go for a 54-38 lead.
The Redhawks continued to grow the advantage, going up by as many as 24 points before UC Davis closed the gap down the stretch. Seattle shot 51.6 percent from the floor in the second half.
Ritchart's double-double was the second of his career and of the season after scoring 16 points with 13 rebounds at Cal State Northridge on Feb. 9. Ritchart had four three-pointers, pushing his season total to 63, tying him with Kyle Brucceleri (2006) for seventh on the single-season list.
"Other than this second half, the last four or five games these guys have really come together and are playing good basketball," said Les.
UC Davis will play its home finale on Saturday night when the Aggies host Cal State Fullerton in a Big West Conference matchup. Seniors Eddie Miller and Adam Malik will be honored for their careers prior to the game. Tipoff is 7 p.m.