BERKELEY, Calif. - In a game that was nationally televised by the Pac-12 Networks, Chima Moneke scored a career-high 24 points, on 10 of 15 shooting, recorded his third double-double of the season and second in the last two games by finishing with 10 rebounds in Saturday's non-conference game at Haas Pavilion, a performance that drew a raucous ovation from the 8,664 in attendance when he checked out of the game for good in the final minutes.
UC Davis opened the second half at Cal on a 12-5 run, which spanned 2:26, cut its halftime deficit by a third and pulled the team within 14 at 44-30 with a majority of the half still remaining. But a double-digit lead that the Bears built in the opening half held as the game progressed, and extended their home win streak to 26 games (matching a program record) by defeating the Aggies, 86-61.
Cal, a team that entered its first head-to-head game against the Aggies in six seasons receiving votes in both national polls, improves to 8-2. UC Davis will enter Wednesday's game at North Dakota State, the last of seven straight games played outside of Davis, with a 5-5 record.
By hitting two of his six shots from three, Brynton Lemar added 14 points; both he and Moneke now lead the team with seven double-figure scoring games this year.
In addition to his impressive defensive effort, Mikey Henn's effort off the bench was an impressive one with the freshman forward scoring nine points, canning all three attempts from three. The Bellevue, Washington, native finished with all but five of the Aggies' bench points.
Led by Moneke's 10 boards, the Aggies and Bears each finished with 28 rebounds.
"[Chima] loves these challenges, playing against a team of this caliber," said head coach Jim Les. "He had a great week of practice; he has a big heart and wants to be coached, which led to the way he played tonight."
UC Davis protected the ball well throughout the second half, committing only five turnovers throughout the final 20 minutes of action. Unfortunately, the Aggies made 16 miscues in the first half, which led to 19 of Cal's 39 points scored before halftime.
"When you turn the ball over that many time, and give up that amount of points, you are digging a hole for yourself," said Les.
"This was a great opportunity to come into this building a play an elite team, and we did not respond to that as well as I would have liked."
UC Davis shot .442 overall (23-for-52), .600 from three (6-for-10) and .500 at the free throw line, while Cal finished with respective percentages of .566 (30-for-53), .526 (10-for-19) and .800 (16-for-20).
Charlie Moore led all Bears with 22 points with Grant Mullins chipping in another 17.
Wednesday's game at North Dakota State is the second of two straight national broadcasts involving UC Davis, ESPN3 will air that matchup beginning at 5 p.m. (PT)/7 p.m. (CT).
CAL 86, UC DAVIS 61
UC DAVIS (5-5)
Moneke, Chima 10-15 4-10 24; Lemar, Brynton 6-13 0-1 14; Henn, Mikey 3-4 0-0 9; White, Lawrence 2-4 3-4 7; Graham, Darius 1-6 1-1 3; Schneider, Siler 1-6 0-0 3; Funtarov, Georgi 0-0 1-2 1; Hennings, Arell 0-0 0-0 0; Mooney, Joe 0-1 0-0 0; Adenrele, J.T. 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 23-52 9-18 61.
Moore, Charlie 7-9 4-4 22; Mullins, Grant 6-7 1-2 17; Welle, Cole 5-8 0-0 10; Moute a Bidias, R 3-4 2-2 9; Rabb, Ivan 3-8 0-0 6; Bird, Jabari 1-6 3-3 5; Davis, Roman 2-2 0-0 4; Okoroh, Kingsley 1-1 2-3 4; Coleman, Don 0-0 3-4 3; Hamilton, Nick 1-1 0-0 3; Singer, Sam 1-5 0-0 2; Domingo, Stephen 0-2 1-2
1; Kurdoghlian, Koko 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-53 16-20 86.
UC Davis...................... 18 43 - 61
Cal............................... 39 47 - 86
3-point goals--UC Davis 6-10 (Henn, Mikey 3-3; Lemar, Brynton 2-3; Schneider, Siler 1-3; Graham, Darius 0-1), Cal 10-19 (Mullins, Grant 4-5; Moore, Charlie 4-5; Hamilton, Nick 1-1; Moute a Bidias, R 1-2; Singer, Sam 0-2; Bird, Jabari 0-3; Welle, Cole 0-1). Fouled out--UC Davis-None, Cal-Rabb, Ivan. Rebounds--UC Davis 28 (Moneke, Chima 10), Cal 28 (Singer, Sam 5). Assists--UC Davis 14 (Lemar, Brynton 4), Cal 20 (Singer, Sam 6). Total fouls--UC Davis 19, Cal 18. Technical fouls--UC Davis-None, Cal-None. A-8664
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