Nov. 15, 2011
DAVIS, Calif. - Freshman guard Tyrell Corbin scored a game-high 16 points and went 10-for-10 from the line in the second half as UC Davis rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half to beat UC Santa Cruz 84-78 in a nonconference men's basketabll game played before 849 fans on Tuesday night at The Pavilion.
The win was Jim Les' first as Aggie head coach and improved UC Davis' record to 1-3. The Banana Slugs, who took the lead midway through the first half and didn't surrender it until there were just over two minutes remaining, are 0-1. Forward Hunter Tyler scored 15 points and guards Nathan Morhi and Jamien Jones each had 11.
The matchup began a three-game homestand for UC Davis which hosts Stanford on Friday night and continues with rival Sacramento State on Nov. 22.
Harrison Dupont, making his Aggie debut, scored 15 points before fouling out while Paolo Mancasola and Josh Ritchart each had 11. UC Davis also went 29 of 35 from the free throw line in the game, including 20 of 25 after halftime. Corbin made all 10 of his free throws in the second half during the final seven minutes of the game.
"I kind of liked him seizing the moment and being aggressive, and I thought on both ends," said Les who also picked up his 155th career win. "I liked his aggressiveness attacking the basket. He showed he was a competitor and he wouldn't allow us to lose."
The Banana Slugs shot 65.5 percent (19 of 29) from the field in the first half, helping them open a pair of 12-point leads that eventually evaporated to just 46-44 just before halftime. But UC Santa Cruz, which led 48-44 at the break, re-opened the advantage to a dozen points, taking a 61-49 lead on Brent Jacobs' free throw with 15 minutes, 4 seconds left.
But UC Davis slowly bit into the lead, got into single digits for good midway through the half and struck to within 73-72 after two free throws by Mancasola with 4:07 to go. Corbin hit a pair with 2:02 left, putting the Aggies in front 76-75, their first lead since early on.
UC Davis wouldn't trail the rest of the game but the Banana Slugs, an NCAA Division III program, stayed close, trailing just 79-76 in the final seconds before Mancasola drew a key charge from Samuel Allen with 17 ticks left. Sypkens made a free throw two seconds later for a four-point margin and UC Santa Cruz didn't wasn't able to make it a one-possession thereafter.
The lead changed hands nine times in the first half with the Aggies enjoying their biggest lead at 20-14 with 13:42 left. Allen hit a three-pointer - one of five in the opening 20 minutes for the Banana Slugs - as UC Santa Cruz took a 28-27 lead with 9:23 to go, part of a 22-5 run that eventually gave them their first 12-point lead. UC Davis closed the half on a 13-5 surge that made it a four-point game at the break.
The Aggies beat the Banana Slugs in their home opener for the third straight year and for the 16th time in 17 overall meetings. Jacobs added 10 points for UC Santa Cruz.
UC Davis will now turn its attention to Stanford on Friday night. The Cardinal are making their first appearance at The Pavilion since Dec. 4, 2005 when the Aggies posted a 64-58 on Hamilton Court.
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