Oct. 31, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis made 16 of its first 19 field goals and defeated Cal Maritime, 87-37, Wednesday evening in a men's basketball exhibition game at The Pavilion in Davis. The Aggies used a 29-2 run in the first half to break open the game. Five Aggies finished in double-figures, led by redshirt freshman Mark Payne's 13 points. Kyle Brucculeri and David Carter each scored 12. Shane Hanson added 11 while Vince Oliver finished with 10 points. Cody Gatton led Cal Maritime with 12 points.
UC Davis shot 62 percent from the field, and held Cal Maritime to 22 percent on 11-for-50 shooting. The Aggies went 9-for-19 from beyond the arc with Hanson and Brucculeri combining for five of those treys. In addition, UC Davis was a perfect 12-for-12 from he line.
"I was really pleased with our team cohesion and chemistry," said UC Davis head coach Gary Stewart. "We showed some intangibles that are critical to playing at a high level, the unselfish play and the communication on both sides of the floor. I liked our effort. This is a good starting point for us."
Brucculeri and Hanson connected on three-pointers in the Aggies' first two possessions to give UC Davis an early 6-0 lead. After the Keelhaulers cut the deficit to 8-7, the Aggies went on a 17-0 run over the next five minutes. Hanson's trey at the 12:48 mark put the Aggies in front 25-7. At that point, UC Davis was 9-for-10 from the field.
A tip-in by Gatton with 12:04 left in the half stopped one run for the Aggies but preceded another. UC Davis ran off another 12 points, capped off by an Adam Malik layup, increasing its lead to 37-9 with 8:19 left in the half. Malik's bucket was the Aggies' 14th in 16 attempts. In all, UC Davis started the game 16-for-19 before finishing the half at 65 percent.
The Aggies outscored the Keelhaulers, 41-23, in the second half and shot a consistent 59 percent in the final 20 minutes. In all, 12 Aggies played in the exhibition with 11 seeing at least 10 minutes of action.
Payne finished the night 6-for-6 from the field. Brucculeri was 5-for-6, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Hanson went 4-for-6 and made three of his four long-range attempts.
Malik scored nine points in 18 minutes for UC Davis. Jesse Lopez Low finished with six while Nathan Clark had five.
The Aggies outrebounded the Keelhaulers, 39-25. Payne, C.J. Portz and Lopez Low each grabbed a game-high six boards. Freshman Ryan Silva dished out a game-high nine assists against just one turnover in 20 minutes of action.
Wednesday's game was the only exhibition for the Aggies prior to the regular season. UC Davis opens its 2007-08 campaign Nov. 11 against La Verne at The Pavilion. The game will be the first of four for the Aggies as part of the Legends Classic.