Scoring runs, lock-down defense leads to 64-47 win

Chima Moneke led all players in Tuesday's Golden 1 Center game, between Causeway rivals, by finishing with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Nov. 21, 2017

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A 15-point scoring run, which took place over a 4:47 timespan before and after the under-4 media break in the second half of Tuesday's Causeway Cup game at the Golden 1 Center, helped UC Davis pull away from Sacramento State and win its second game, in as many seasons, inside the Sacramento Kings' downtown home with its 64-47 result.

With the victory, UC Davis will now enter Sunday's 5 p.m. game at Washington, televised by the Pac-12 Networks, with a 3-1 record. The Hornets will continue their season with a 1-3 mark.

UC Davis has now won the last three in a row against the Hornets and four of the last six matchups.

Senior communication major Chima Moneke notched his third double-double in as many games by finishing with 19 points and 15 rebounds, both game-high figures. By canning four of his six field goals from three, junior communication major Siler Schneider scored a season-high 16 points, and junior psychology major AJ John impressed a crowd of 2,200 with his hustle on both ends of the court and posted 12 points and four rebounds, both career highs.

Sacramento State held its only lead of the night by scoring the game's first four points until UC Davis eventually tied the score at eight apiece with 12:09 remaining until halftime.

From that point until the break, UC Davis outscored the Hornets 28-12, and entered the locker room with a 36-20 lead.

Throughout the second half, the Hornets chipped away by hitting their shots from distance; five of their six threes took place throughout the final 20 minutes of play, which helped them pull within two with 7:44 left in the game.

After back-to-back baskets from junior human development major TJ Shorts II, Jordan Tolbert chopped an Aggie six-point lead in half, until UC Davis' trademark defense shut down the Hornets in every facet of the game until the final buzzer.

During the next 4:47 seconds, UC Davis scored 15 unanswered points to pull away from their opponents once again. Throughout that run, Moneke scored six points, Schneider connected on consecutive shots from three and Shorts added another point by hitting a free throw.

Once freshman undeclared major Delveion Jackson capped the Aggies' run with a layup of his own, all Sacramento State could do was influence UC Davis' final margin of victory. Even though Justin Strings ended UC Davis' streak with a layup, only 98 ticks were left until the UC Davis faithful in attendance celebrated another Causeway Cup victory.

Strings led Sacramento State with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

UC Davis dominated the paint, outscoring the Hornets 32-18 down low, and made the most of their extra possessions by scoring 24 points off 22 Sacramento State turnovers. It also enjoyed a luxury that Sacramento State did not have: bench scoring.

Compared to the Hornets' reserves, who only scored four points, the Aggies' bench chipped in 17.

 
Postgame Quotes - UC Davis
Junior forward AJ John, junior guard Siler Schneider and senior forward Chima Moneke

Feelings about the game
Schneider:  "It was exactly what we needed coming off a loss. it showed that this is a game of runs, and we were able to fight back and start some runs of our own. It was a big win, especially against a rival like Sacramento State."

John: "It was definitely a big win. Coming off a loss, we had to respond. Coach Les challenged us to step up to the plate. It wasn't a perfect performance by any means, but definitely something to build off of." 

Siler on Golden 1 Center and its rims
Schneider: "I love it here. I've been to couple of Kings games. It's a great facility. It's one of the best I've ever been in. It's fun and I really wanted to embrace the opportunity. We had shootaround today and I took a lot of shots, which helped me get comfortable here."

Sacramento State cutting the lead to two
Schneider: "It's a game of runs. Teams are going to give you a punch and you're just going to have to punch back. And we did that, especially with a group of a lot of new guys. I think it shows a lot of maturity early in the season."

Where the team is early in the season
Moneke: "I think we have a lot of things that we have to improve. We're buying into the defense. In three of the four games we've played, we've held opponents under 60 points, and tonight we held Sacramento State to 47. With a lot of new guys, it will take some time to figure out what our identity is, but it all starts with defense."

Causing Justin String's 10 turnovers
Moneke: "When you're a main player on your team, there's going to be more attention on you. For example, Siler and I had five turnovers each. It's something the other team focuses on. I think both teams did a good job of double-teaming main players; I think we did a good job guarding Strings. Ten turnovers? That's pretty good. I think we paid attention to the great scouting report by our coaching staff."


Head Coach Jim Les

Playing at Golden 1 Center
"First of all, I love this venue. I can't thank the Kings organization enough. For them to welcome the two local college programs into their house and give us this opportunity is truly unique for our guys. At shootaround today, they had their cameras out. They were snapping, tweeting, and Instagramming. That is what college basketball should be. It's about all these experiences that we can provide."

"They come to a lot of Kings games, they watch them on TV and to be on that same floor is truly special. So I can't say enough about that."

Tonight's win
"I think tonight was a little bit of who we are right now with a new group. We had some stretches where we played really good basketball. We were connected on both ends of the floor and did some really good things. We had a four-minute stretch where we are getting stops and executing well offensively. Then we went through some lulls where we showed some of our inexperience."

"Teams are paying a lot of attention obviously to Chima and Siler. We're looking for that third guy to step up and play. Tonight, it was AJ. His 12 points is easy to look at as a contribution, but his defense, rebounding and hustle plays out on the floor on loose balls, those are energizers. Those are the things we want to build upon. I see it with this team. I see an opportunity to be really good if we stay after it and work."


UC DAVIS 64, SACRAMENTO STATE 47

SACRAMENTO STATE (1-3)
STRINGS, Justin 6-14 3-4 17; HICKS, Kevin 3-9 0-0 9; TOLBERT, Jordan 2-9 3-3 8; PATTON, Joshua 1-5 3-3 5; M.LE'AFA, Izayah 2-9 0-0 4; WU, Jeff 2-4 0-0 4; PEREZ, Cristian 0-0 0-0 0; HERRICK, James 0-0 0-0 0; MARTIN, Calvin 0-0 0-0 0; FOWLER, Bryce 0-0 0-1 0; WRIGHT, Jamion 0-0 0-0 0; JACOBS, Chibueze 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-50 9-11 47.

UC DAVIS (3-1)
Moneke, Chima 6-17 7-12 19; Schneider, Siler 6-12 0-1 16; John, AJ 5-6 0-1 12; Shorts II, TJ 3-7 2-4 8; Onyebalu, Michael 2-2 0-1 4; Hennings, Arell 0-1 3-3 3; Jackson, Delveion 1-3 0-0 2; Goode, Garrison 0-2 0-0 0; Mooney, Joe 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-51 12-22 64.

Sacramento State..............   20   27  -   47
UC Davis...............................   36   28  -   64

3-point goals--Sacramento State 6-18 (HICKS, Kevin 3-7; STRINGS, Justin 2-5; TOLBERT, Jordan 1-3; WU, Jeff 0-1; M.LE'AFA, Izayah 0-2), UC Davis 6-13 (Schneider, Siler 4-6; John, AJ 2-3; Hennings, Arell 0-1; Jackson, Delveion 0-2; Shorts II, TJ 0-1). Fouled out--Sacramento State-PATTON, Joshua, UC Davis-Goode, Garrison. Rebounds--Sacramento State 33 (STRINGS, Justin 12), UC Davis 38 (Moneke, Chima 15). Assists--Sacramento State 11 (TOLBERT, Jordan 4), UC Davis 11 (Shorts II, TJ 7). Total fouls--Sacramento State 20, UC Davis 15. Technical fouls--Sacramento State-None, UC Davis-None. A-2200


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