DAVIS, Calif. - Junior communication major Siler Schneider scored the first points of Wednesday's non-conference game vs. Pacific, and for the second game in a row, the Aggies held that advantage until the final buzzer to defeat the Tigers, 71-67.
In addition to sweeping this year's series against Pacific for the first time since the 1939-40 campaign, UC Davis earned its 13th home victory in a row. The team will have another opportunity to extend this streak when William Jessup visits the Pavilion for Saturday's 2 p.m. matchup, and the Aggies will return to Hamilton Court with a 6-2 record.
Pacific finished with 10 points fewer than its season average, thanks to the Aggies' effort on defense, and will continue its season with a 5-5 record.
Schneider ended his night with a season-high 18 points, senior communication major Chima Moneke notched his fourth 20-point game of the year by finishing with that exact number, junior human development major TJ Shorts II scored a career-high eight of his 14 points at the free throw line, and senior communication Michael Onyebalu set two new career highs by finishing with 10 points and six boards.
"Even though [our record] is 6-2, we have not played our best basketball," said head coach Jim Les. "Good teams find ways to win, even when they are not playing their best."
Leading 69-67 with 7.3 seconds left in the game, Shorts II hit back-to-back free throws to turn his team's lead into a two-possession margin. Now leading by four, the Aggies' defense forced the Tigers to take an awkward final-second shot from three, which never came close to its intended target.
That possession symbolized the Tigers' play on offense throughout the entire night since they only made 22 of their 61 shots from the floor (.361) and scored the fewest points in any half played this season when they entered the locker room at halftime with 25
By comparison, UC Davis hit 23 of 43 attempts (.535), and made 16 of their 20 free throws throughout the second half.
Of those 16 points, 11 were scored throughout the final 2:34 when the Aggies were in the double bonus. By capitalizing on those chances, capped by Shorts II's clutch shots, the Aggies never allowed Pacific to take the lead at any point of the game.
As was the case with UC Davis, four Pacific players scored double figures, led by Robert Gallinat and his 19. Anthony Townes recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Kendall Small finished with 13 and Jack Williams added another 12.
UC DAVIS (6-2)
Pacific.......................... 25 42 - 67
UC Davis...................... 33 38 - 71
3-point goals--Pacific 4-13 (Gallinat,Roberto 3-8; Williams,Jack 1-4; Dorsey,Lafayette 0-1), UC Davis 5-10 (Schneider, Siler 2-2; Onyebalu, Michael 2-3; John, AJ 1-3; Hennings, Arell 0-1; Printup, Rogers 0-1). Fouled out--Pacific-Tripp,Jahlil, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--Pacific 42 (Tripp,Jahlil 12), UC Davis 22 (Moneke, Chima 9). Assists--Pacific 12 (Small,Kendall 5; Tripp,Jahlil 5), UC Davis 6 (Shorts II, TJ 4). Total fouls--Pacific 20, UC Davis 19. Technical fouls--Pacific-None, UC Davis-None. A-2177
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