OREM, UT -- UC Davis senior Chima Moneke finished with his second double-double in as many games, scoring 18 points to go with a game-high 12 rebounds, while junior guard TJ Shorts II finished with a career-high 17 points, but a late 13-2 run by host Utah Valley lifted the Wolverines to an, 80-71 non-conference victory on Saturday afternoon at the UCCU Center in Orem, Utah.
The Aggies, who also got 11 points from Siler Schneider, suffered their first loss of the year, falling to 2-1 overall. Utah Valley, led by a game-high 21 points off the hands of Kenneth Ogbe, improved to 2-2 overall with the win, shooting 57 percent in the second half to power its rally from four down at the break.
Moneke finished 8-of-16 from the field in 36 minutes, recording his 16th career double-double and his 19th career double-digit rebounding game. Shorts II, whose previous Aggie career best was 15 points in the opener at Northern Colorado, finished 5-of-5 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the line -- including scoring 14 consecutive UC Davis points from the 3:04 mark of the first half to the 13:12 mark of the second half.
Trailing by as many as nine points with 13:16 remaining in the contest, the Aggies clawed their way back in it, using a 13-5 burst over the next four minutes to tie the game at 58-all, capped by a Joe Mooney jumper.
That's when the Wolverines found their winning kick as Jake Toolson scored on a driving layup and hit a pair of free throws following a technical foul to spark the decisive 12-0 run, putting Utah Valley ahead 70-58 and the Wolverines never looked back, trading baskets with the Aggies, but never letting them come closer than eight points at 73-65 the rest of the way.
UC Davis, which shot 47 percent for the game -- including a 52 percent clip in the opening half -- trailed by as many as seven points in the first period, but a furious finish turned the tables on the host Wolverines, good for a four-point, 37-33, lead at the break. Moneke scored inside twice and Schneider capped a 7-0 run with a three-pointer from the left elbow to tie the contest at 23-all.
That burst was part of a larger 12-4 run for the Aggies, as Shorts II scored his first basket of the game and Michael Onyebalu drained a three from the right corner for a one-point, 28-27, advantage -- its first lead since the 15:37 mark.
A three by A.J. John was answered at the other end by Utah Valley's Ben Nakwaasah before Shorts II went to work, hitting a pair of free throws out of the final media break to spark a personal 6-0 run to finish the period, and the defense held the Wolverines to without a field goal over the final 3:18 en route to the halftime advantage.
UC Davis remains on the road, but it's a much shorter drive for the Aggies next week, as they face Causeway rival Sacramento State at the Golden 1 Center on Tuesday (Nov. 21) at 7 p.m. After giving thanks, UC Davis closes its season-opening road trip in the Pacific Northwest, traveling to Seattle to take on Washington on Sunday (Nov. 26) at 5 p.m. in a game to be televised by the Pac-12 Network.
UTAH VALLEY 80, UC DAVIS 71
UC DAVIS (2-1)
Moneke, Chima 8-16 2-2 18; Shorts II, TJ 5-5 6-8 17; Schneider, Siler 5-13 0-0 11; Mooney, Joe 3-4 0-0 8; Onyebalu, Michael 2-4 1-1 6; John, AJ 2-4 0-0 5; Goode, Garrison 1-6 2-3 4; Hennings, Arell 0-1 2-2 2; Jackson, Delveion 0-1 0-0 0; Printup, Rogers 0-1 0-0 0; Russell, Colin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-55
UTAH VALLEY (2-2)
Ogbe, Kenneth 7-11 4-4 21; Manyang, Akolda 6-9 4-4 16; Toolson, Conner 5-10 2-4 16; Toolson, Jake 4-7 4-4 13; Randolph, Brandon 3-10 0-0 7; Nakwaasah, Ben 2-3 0-0 5; Neilson, Isaac 1-5 0-0 2; Tahvanainen, Joonas 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-57 14-16 80.
UC Davis....................... 37 34 - 71
Utah Valley................... 33 47 - 80
3-point goals--UC Davis 6-15 (Mooney, Joe 2-3; Schneider, Siler 1-4; Shorts II, TJ 1-1; John, AJ 1-3; Onyebalu, Michael 1-2; Moneke, Chima 0-2), Utah Valley 10-20 (Toolson, Conner 4-8; Ogbe, Kenneth 3-4; Toolson, Jake 1-3; Nakwaasah, Ben 1-2; Randolph, Brandon 1-2; Tahvanainen, Joonas 0-1). Fouled
out--UC Davis-None, Utah Valley-None. Rebounds--UC Davis 26 (Moneke, Chima 12), Utah Valley 33 (Manyang, Akolda 8). Assists--UC Davis 15 (Shorts II, TJ 5), Utah Valley 18 (Randolph, Brandon 6). Total fouls--UC Davis 20, Utah Valley 18. Technical fouls--UC Davis-Hennings, Arell, Utah Valley-Ogbe, Kenneth. A-2726
Kudos to Aggies;
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