Nov. 6, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Led by sophomore forward J.T. Adenrele who scored a team-high 19 points, UC Davis defeated Menlo College 97-76 in an exhibition men's basketball game on Tuesday night at The Pavilion.
With its exhibition schedule now completed, the Aggies will face the Oklahoma State Cowboys in their season opener this Friday.
In addition to Adenrele, one of three Aggies who scored double-digits against the Oaks, Ryan Sypkens and Josh Ritchart scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, to help their team earn another exhibition win. UC Davis beat UC Santa Cruz 82-50 last Thursday night in their other preseason matchup.
Tyler Les connected on all three of his three-point shots to finish with nine points, Ryan Howley added eight points on his 4-for-5 shooting performance, with Corey Hawkins, Darius Graham and Olivier-Paul Betu each chipping in seven points apiece.
"I really like this team offensively, players were passing up good shots to help their teammates take better shots. Our ball movement was really crisp," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les.
UC Davis led from start-to-finish against the Oaks, extending a 13-point halftime lead to its largest margin of the night at 29 during the latter moments of the game.
Thirteen players saw action for UC Davis, a collective effort that helped the Aggies score 50 points in the paint compared to Menlo's 24. In addition to dominating the paint, UC Davis also forced 16 Menlo turnovers that eventually led to another 19 points.
As a team, UC Davis shot 55.6 percent (35 for 63) from the field, sank half of its 20 shots from three-point distance, and converted on 17 of its 26 shots from the line. Menlo was 44.6 percent (29 for 65) from the field and 40 percent (14 for 35) from behind the arc.
A testament to the discipline UC Davis displayed on defense, Menlo only took four shots from the free throw line throughout the entire evening.
The Oaks, coached by former UC Davis player Jon Surface, were led by ChaRunn Jones and Malik Dunbar as the duo led their team with 24 points and 12 rebounds, respectively.
UC Davis will now prepare for its first regular season game against an Oklahoma State squad that finished last season with a 15-18 record.
Friday's game, as well as all Aggie games, can be heard on KSAC (105.5 FM).