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DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis opened Tuesday’s home exhibition against Bethesda by scoring 13 of the first 15 points, and never let up as the first half progressed. After the first media timeout, the Aggies returned to the floor and built a 20-9 scoring run throughout the following seven-plus minutes to take a commanding 33-11 lead midway through the first half, which ultimately became a 56-20 score at the break.
Once action resumed, the Aggies opened the second half by scoring 13 of the first 17 points, and ended the night by recording 16 of the game’s final 21 points. That, combined with multiple defensive stops on the other end of the court, helped the Aggies cruise to a 111-56 victory.
Bethesda will continue its Northern California road trip tomorrow night at Pacific.
“I thought we had a really nice team effort tonight. All the guys worked really hard, especially on the defensive end. We made it difficult for them to score, and then were were able to execute our offense off those stops,” said head coach Jim Les.
UC Davis will open the 2017-18 season on Monday at Northern Colorado, the first of a five-game road swing. Tipoff from the Bank of Colorado Arena in Greeley, Colo., will take place at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT. Video, audio and live stats links for this non-conference matchup are available at UCDavisAggies.com.
Additional road games will take place at Pacific next Wednesday (Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.) and at Utah Valley on Nov. 18 (2 p.m. PT) before Aggie basketball fans will have an opportunity to watch the defending Big West Tournament champions, and last year’s NCAA Tournament participant, compete locally.
On Nov. 21, UC Davis and Sacramento State will square off in this year’s Causeway Cup rivalry at the Golden 1 Center. When these rivals met last season, the Aggies left the state-of-the-art downtown home of the Sacramento Kings with a victory in the facility’s inaugural college basketball game.
The Aggies will return to the road after the Thanksgiving holiday to face Washington, one of two Pac-12 teams on this year’s schedule. Afterwards, UC Davis will return to the Pavilion to face Northern Colorado, in its home opener, in the second part of this year’s home-and-home series.
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