DAVIS, Calif. - By nailing 10 of its season-high 14 threes throughout the first half of Thursday's Big West Conference game inside the Pavilion -- the first of a season-long three-game homestand -- UC Davis jumped out to a 56-38 lead at halftime and never looked back as the Aggies won their eighth-straight game against CSUN, seventh in a row on Hamilton Court and their 12th in the last 14 head-to-head games with a 96-85 victory.
UC Davis will enter Saturday's 5 p.m. ESPN3 game vs. Long Beach State in first place with a 17-11 overall and 9-4 Big West record. CSUN will enter Saturday's game at UC Irvine with records of 11-15 and 7-6.
Brynton Lemar needed five points to reach the 1,000 career-point milestone and easily passed that by finishing with a game-high 28 points, on 9 of 12 shooting overall, hitting all but one of his field goals from three.
Lemar was not the only one who reached a program milestone because Darius Graham became the third player all-time in the team's history to collect 400 career assists. The senior guard tied a season high by leading all players with seven assists, in addition to scoring 10 points.
With their torrid shooting from distance throughout Thursday's game, the Aggies also set a new Division I record by finishing with a .700 three-point percentage, shattering the previous mark of .667 which was set at Pacific just over six years ago (Feb. 12, 2011).
Schneider also shot 9 of 12 against the Matadors, hitting three of his four shots from distance and both attempts at the free throw line to finish his night with a career-high 23 points. The Big West's Sixth Man of the Year candidate guard posted his seventh-straight double-figure point total, and is averaging 17.7 points per game throughout the last three weeks.
Thursday's game had two tied scores before the under-16 media timeout of the first half; after that break, the Aggies' 17-6 scoring run helped them pull away from CSUN for good, with just under 30 minutes of action still remaining.
UC Davis entered the locker room at halftime with 56 points, the most scored in any half, of any game this season. Before Thursday's game tipped, the Aggies previous high was 47 points, which took place on four occasions.
The Aggies' 96 points are a season-high total, and the most scored since they scored 93 vs. Simpson University (1/2/14) and at Hawai'i (1/19/13) -- a game that was highlighted by Corey Hawkins' 40-point performance.
Limited tickets remain for Saturday's nationally televised game vs. Long Beach State; since a men's ticket is also valid for the women's 2 p.m. game vs. UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis Athletics encourages everyone to arrive to campus early to avoid the rush from an expected sellout crowd.
UC DAVIS 96, CSUN 85
CSUN (11-15, 7-6 BWC)
Johnson, Darin 8-13 8-8 24; Warren, Micheal 4-8 5-5 14; Parks, Aaron 3-9 7-8 13; Dawson, Tavrion 4-10 2-2 12; Theus Jr., Reggie 5-6 1-1 12; Smith, Kendall 4-11 0-0 8; Johns, Dylan 1-1 0-0 2; Wilbut, Jerron 0-2 0-0 0; Kaba-Camara, Mahamad 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-60 23-24 85.
UC DAVIS (17-11, 9-4 BWC)
Lemar, Brynton 9-12 2-4 28; Schneider, Siler 9-12 2-2 23; Moneke, Chima 8-13 3-4 19; Graham, Darius 3-7 2-2 10; White, Lawrence 4-5 0-2 9; Adenrele, J.T. 1-2 2-4 4; Henn, Mikey 1-3 0-0 2; Hennings, Arell 0-0 1-2 1; Goode, Garrison 0-3 0-0 0; Onyebalu, Michael 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-57 12-20 96.
CSUN........................... 38 47 - 85
UC Davis...................... 56 40 - 96
3-point goals--CSUN 4-14 (Dawson, Tavrion 2-3; Warren, Micheal 1-2; Theus Jr., Reggie 1-1; Wilbut, Jerron 0-1; Smith, Kendall 0-4; Parks, Aaron 0-1; Johnson, Darin 0-2), UC Davis 14-20 (Lemar, Brynton 8-11; Schneider, Siler 3-4; Graham, Darius 2-4; White, awrence 1-1). Fouled out--CSUN-None, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--CSUN 24 (Warren, Micheal 5), UC Davis 34 (Adenrele, J.T. 7). Assists--CSUN 11 (Parks, Aaron 5), UC Davis 19 (Graham, Darius 7). Total fouls--CSUN 16, UC Davis 22. Technical fouls--CSUN-Johnson, Darin, UC Davis-White, Lawrence. A-1621
Kudos to Aggies;
I'm lovin' my new home