Dec. 2, 2013
SEATTLE – UC Davis opened the second half strong by scoring nine of the first 11 points to cut into its halftime deficit in Monday's non-conference game from Seattle, Wash., but the Seattle Redhawks were able hold onto their lead throughout the rest of the evening to down the Aggies 77-53 at KeyArena.
After competing in six games within an 11-day timespan, UC Davis will experience a four-day break and enter Saturday's 7 p.m. home game against Nevada with a 3-6 record; Monday's result improves Seattle's record to 4-3.
Down by 18 at halftime, Corey Hawkins and Josh Ritchart helped UC Davis chip its deficit down to 12 points before the first media break of the second half. After Hawkins began his team's run with a layup, Ritchart drained two baskets from three on back-to-back attempts, forcing Seattle to call a timeout.
Also aiding the Aggies' comeback was their performance on defense and Clint Bozner's effort in the paint.
Of Seattle's first four second-half possessions, UC Davis forced two turnovers; combined with Bozner who battled numerous Redhawk big men to collect his second and third rebounds of the game on consecutive possessions, UC Davis pulled itself within striking distance with 17-plus minutes still remaining.
Bozner ended his evening with seven points–he was 2-for-3 from the field and 3-for-4 at the line–and three rebounds.
Unfortunately for the Aggies, Seattle was able to preserve its lead throughout the rest of the half to keep its undefeated record at KeyArena intact. Led by Isiah Umipig and his career-high 30 points, Seattle recorded its fourth home victory of the year and third against Big West opposition.
Ritchart finished with a team-high 14 points and six rebounds, also finishing with six rebounds (and six points) was Ryan Sypkens.
For Ritchart, Monday's game was the eighth time this season and 48th time in his career where the senior forward scored 10 or more points.
Of the six Aggie bench players that saw action against Seattle, Georgi Funtarov led the way with five points and four rebounds throughout his 15 minutes on the court.
Kudos to Aggies;
I'm lovin' my new home