Aggies cruise to 57-42 victory in season opener

J.T. Adenrele returned to the court for the first time in more than a year when UC Davis hosted Holy Names in Sunday's season opener.
Nov. 16, 2014

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis scored the first 10 points in Sunday's 2014-15 season opener from the Pavilion and maintained a sizable double-digit cushion for all but 2:56 of the following 37:04 of game time to secure a 57-42 win versus Holy Names.

With the result, UC Davis starts its season with a 1-0 record while the Hawks fall to 0-3.

Since joining the Big West Conference prior to the 2007-08 season, the Aggies have won six of their eight home openers.

Senior forward Josh Ritchart led all players with 13 points and seven rebounds, teammate Corey Hawkins narrowly missed out on posting similar numbers by finishing with 12 points and six rebounds. The senior guard also finished with a game-high six assists. 

After suffering a season-ending injury that forced him to miss the entire 2013-14 campaign, junior forward J.T. Adenrele finished with eight points on 4 of 5 shooting, recorded two steals and one blocked shot.

Junior guard Josh Fox, one of two newcomers that made their UC Davis debut, chipped in four points and three rebounds while sophomore center Neal Monson posted three rebounds, two points, one blocked shot and a steal.  

"I liked how we shot on offense tonight and finished with a high percentage, but I also thought that we made some unnecessary turnovers," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les.

UC Davis sank 25 of 50 field goal attempts and connected on seven of its 16 shots from three.

Both teams only took six free throws combined throughout the entire evening; the Aggies missed both of their shots from the stripe. 

Even though the Aggies committed 13 turnovers, which led to 12 Holy Names points, they were also able to score 17 points off 18 Hawks miscues. 

Added Les, "I like our depth and our ability to attack teams by bringing a wave of guys off the bench. If you look at the amount of guys we played and their minutes, there is a really good balance. 

"We can ride the hot hand, encourage players to play hard for six or seven minutes before they come out of the game, continue playing with positive energy and lose little, if any production."

All nine UC Davis players that saw action Sunday afternoon scored; of that group, six played between 22 and 26 minutes.

Dante Robinson led Holy Names in scoring with 11 points, Terrance Swayne ended his evening with a game-high seven boards.

UC Davis' defense limited the Hawks to 18 of 56 shooting (32 pct.) from the floor and 4 of 11 from three. Holy Names also made 2 of 4 free throw attempts. 

The men's basketball program also hosted its annual canned food drive throughout Sunday's event, thank all students and fans that participated and will donate all canned and non-perishable items received to the Yolo Food Bank. 

UC Davis will hit the road for its next two games starting with Thursday's non-conference matchup at Eastern Illinois. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m. (PT).




Robinson, Dante 5-11 0-0 11; Simi, Nick 3-10 0-0 8; Crum, Joshua 2-11 2-3 6; Moss, Jamarae 2-4 0-0 4; Dale, Dalton 2-4 0-1 4; De La Cruz, Juan 1-1 0-0 3; Swayne, Terrance 1-4 0-0 2; Vernaza, Yasin 1-4 0-0 2; Winn, Toreno 1-3 0-0 2; Kasim, Josh 0-1 0-0 0; Hardy, Dorian 0-1 0-0 0; Craig, Richard 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-56 2-4 42.

UC DAVIS (1-0)

Ritchart, Josh 6-13 0-0 13; Hawkins, Corey 5-11 0-0 12; Adenrele, J.T. 4-5 0-0 8; Lemar, Brynton 2-2 0-0 5; Johnson, Avery 2-4 0-0 5; Graham, Darius 2-5 0-0 5; Fox, Josh 2-6 0-2 4; Les, Tyler 1-2 0-0 3; Monson, Neal 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-50 0-2 57. 

Holy Names....................   17   25  -   42 

UC Davis......................   34   23  -   57 

3-point goals--Holy Names 4-11 (Simi, Nick 2-7; De La Cruz, Juan 1-1; Robinson, Dante 1-2; Hardy, Dorian 0-1), UC Davis 7-16 (Hawkins, Corey 2-3; Graham, Darius 1-2; Ritchart, Josh 1-4; Lemar, Brynton 1-1; Les, Tyler 1-2; Johnson, Avery 1-2; Fox, Josh 0-2). Fouled out--Holy Names-None, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--Holy Names 37 (Swayne, Terrance 7), UC Davis 26 (Ritchart, Josh 7). Assists--Holy Names 11 (Hardy, Dorian 3), UC Davis 16 (Hawkins, Corey 6). Total fouls--Holy Names 8, UC Davis 8. Technical fouls--Holy Names-None, UC Davis-None. A-779