Dec. 2, 2017
PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior communication major Chima Moneke notched his fifth double-double of the season by finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds, junior human development major TJ Shorts II posted his first 20-point game as an Aggie by finishing with that total in Saturday's non-conference game at Washington State, which was broadcasted nationwide on the Pac-12 Network, and the Aggies out-rebounded the Cougars, 37-29 to record an 81-67 wire-to-wire victory.
By earning its first win over a Pac-12 opponent in 12 years -- the Aggies topped Stanford inside the Pavilion on Dec. 4, 2005, by a 64-58 score -- UC Davis will return home with a 5-2 record.
"Before the game, we talked about preparing for a battle from the start since Washington State is a really good offensive team, and the second-best shooting team in the country. We really needed to get after them right away and disrupt everyone before they were able to settle in an offensive rhythm," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les.
He added, "Our defense allowed us to become the aggressor on the defensive end, and dictate what they were able to do."
After suffering its first loss of the season, Washington State is now 6-1.
Shorts II's phenomenal game also included a game-high five assists, a career-high five rebounds and five steals.
"He is a stud, I cannot say enough about how quickly he acclimated to Division I basketball and our system. I can see it now, he is also progressing more and more as a leader. He is a guy that makes everyone around him better, and we are grateful to have him," Les said.
"This guy is capable of putting up these type of numbers regularly," added Moneke. "He deserves All-Big West awards when he plays like this."
"It feels great to enter this environment and earn a solid road win against a tough team. When we arrived (to Pullman) and conducted our walk-through, we knew that attention to detail was key to defeat Washington State. We accomplished that, executed our game plan and won the game," Shorts II said.
Junior communication major Siler Schneider rounded out the trio of Aggie double-digit scorers by posting 12 -- in addition to five rebounds -- which included consecutive free throws, scored with 1:31 remaining, that iced the game for the Aggies.
From the opening tip, the Aggies were able to establish themselves in the paint, on both ends of the court, and out-hustled the Cougars whenever action entered the lane. Beside out-rebounding its opponent, 37-29, UC Davis nearly doubled up on points scored in the paint, finishing with 42 compared to WSU's 22.
This was a true team victory for the Aggies; their bench shined the entire afternoon and scored three times as many points compared to Washington State's reserves (23-7).
Junior communication major Rogers Printup, who came off the bench in the first half to score a career-high nine points on three shots from distance (another career high), helped fuel his team's 12-2 scoring run throughout the final minutes of the first half. Led by Printup, that outburst provided the Aggies with a comfortable cushion entering halftime, leading 42-25.
"With (Washington State) playing a 1-3-1 defense, I called Rogers' number and told him to be ready. That's not an easy thing to do to sit there and become ready to compete on a moment's notice. He created some great looks because he played aggressively, and his teammates have confidence in him to connect on those shots," Les said.
The Aggies remained hot once action resumed, and scored the first six points of the half, which forced WSU to burn an early timeout trailing UC Davis by 23 points, its largest deficit of the day.
Thanks to Robert Franks, who scored 20 of his game-high 32 points throughout the second half, Washington State was able to pull within 10 points of the Aggies, on two occasions. As was the case throughout the entire afternoon, UC Davis found ways to respond to each WSU scoring push and increased its lead.
In the first quarter, it was junior psychology major AJ John and senior American Studies major Arell Hennings who, like their teammate Printup, hit three in clutch situations to generate momentum and extend their team's lead to a more comfortable cushion. In the second half, senior communication major Michael Onyebalu and junior economics major Garrison Goode stepped up on defense and made key plays.
Goode also finished with seven points and matched a season-high by collecting seven rebounds.
Throughout his 18 minutes on the court, freshman undeclared major Delveion Jackson created easy scoring opportunities for his teammates, and finished with a career-high four assists.
Even though WSU shot a respectable .421 overall and .353 from three, the Aggies out-shot their counterparts across the board from start-to-finish, and left Beasley Pavilion with the following figures: 30 of 55 overall (.545), 7 of 17 from three (.412) and 14 of 21 at the free throw line (.667).
Saturday's victory also included 18 Aggie points scored off 17 WSU miscues.
UC Davis will remain local for the next few weeks, starting with Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. home game vs. Pacific. This will open a brief two-game homestead for the Aggies -- a team that holds the 10th-longest home win streak in the nation (12) -- before the team preps for its upcoming week of finals.
UC DAVIS 81, WASHINGTON STATE 67
UC DAVIS (5-2)
Shorts II, TJ 8-12 4-6 20; Moneke, Chima 6-10 7-8 19; Schneider, Siler 5-9 2-3 12; Printup, Rogers 3-6 0-0 9; John, AJ 3-7 0-0 8; Goode, Garrison 3-4 1-2 7; Hennings, Arell 2-3 0-0 6; Onyebalu, Michael 0-2 0-0 0; Jackson, Delveion 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 30-55 14-21 81.
WASHINGTON STATE (6-1)
Franks,Robert 12-18 3-5 32; Flynn,Malachi 6-14 2-2 19; Bernstine,Drick 3-5 0-1 6; Acquaah,Milan 1-7 0-0 3; Hinson,Kwinton 1-3 0-0 3; Pollard,Jeff 0-1 2-2 2; Chidom,Arinze 1-3 0-0 2; Skaggs,Carter 0-1 0-0 0; Shpreyregin,Steven 0-0 0-0 0; Langston,KJ 0-1 0-0 0; Daniels,Viont'e 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 24-57 7-10 67.
UC Davis................................ 42 39 - 81
Washington State.............. 25 42 - 67
3-point goals--UC Davis 7-17 (Printup, Rogers 3-6; John, AJ 2-5; Hennings, Arell 2-2; Onyebalu, Michael 0-1; Jackson, Delveion 0-1; Schneider, Siler 0-1; Shorts II, TJ 0-1), Washington State 12-34 (Flynn,Malachi 5-11; Franks,Robert 5-9; Acquaah,Milan 1-5; Hinson,Kwinton 1-3; Skaggs,Carter 0-1;
Langston,KJ 0-1; Daniels,Viont'e 0-4). Fouled out--UC Davis-None, Washington State-None. Rebounds--UC Davis 37 (Moneke, Chima 11), Washington State 29 (Franks,Robert 8). Assists--UC Davis 13 (Shorts II, TJ 5), Washington State 13 (Acquaah,Milan 6). Total fouls--UC Davis 14, Washington State 17. Technical fouls--UC Davis-None, Washington State-TEAM. A-3183
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