Schneider hits game-winner at Pacific

Nov. 15, 2017

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STOCKTON, Calif. - Tied at 58 with 34 seconds remaining in Wednesday's non-conference game at the Alex G. Spanos Center, junior communication major Siler Schneider hit an 18-footer to snap a 58-58 tie. After two defensive stops, the Aggies sealed the victory when senior communication major Chima Moneke hit two free throws with four seconds left in the game to help UC Davis post a 62-58 win.

In addition to recording its first victory at Pacific since the 1939-40 season, UC Davis will head to Utah Valley for Saturday's 2 p.m. (PT) game, the third of a season-opening five-game road swing, with a 2-0 record. 

Pacific will continue its season with a 0-2 mark.

Schneider's game-winner capped a perfect shooting effort, as he ended his evening canning all six shots from the floor, included his lone attempt from three. Moneke led all players with 26 points and 10 rebounds to notch his first double-double this year. 

Wednesday's game marked the first head-to-head meeting since the Tigers left the Big West Conference, and joined the West Coast Conference before the start of the 2014-15 season. These teams will not wait that long to face one another again since Pacific will visit Davis on Dec. 6 for the back-half of this year's home-and-home series.

Down by four in the latter portion of the first half, UC Davis entered the locker room at the break on an 11-2 run to hold a lead that lasted the following 19 minutes until Pacific tied the score at 58 apiece.

But Schneider's clutch jumper silenced the crowd and prevented Pacific from holding an advantage since the 3:45 mark of the first half, as Moneke was fouled after collecting his 10th rebound with four seconds remaining.

Schneider's bucket capped an exciting evening that saw six tied scores and 10 lead changes.

In addition to shooting .512 overall (21 of 41), the Aggies converted on 14 of 16 attempts at the line and 6 of 14 shots from three.

UC Davis also saw TJ Shorts II, AJ John and Michael Onyebalu make key contributions throughout the night, which helped their team hold the lead for almost the entire second half.

Shorts II scored four of his eight points at the line (on as many attempts); John added seven points by hitting half of his six attempts from the floor; Onyebalu chipped in another five points, finished with a career-high four assists and three rebounds. 

Roberto Gallinat and Jehil Tripp led Pacific in scoring with 14 and 12 points apiece.


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