Dec. 15, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. -
J.T. Adenrele turned in his finest performance as an Aggie Saturday afternoon at Maples Pavilion, finishing with six rebounds and a career-high 23 points against the Stanford Cardinal.
UC Davis pulled within seven points of Stanford in the second half, but an 8-0 run helped the Cardinal pull away to defeat the Aggies by a final score of 75-52.
Saturday's action at Stanford is the first of five games scheduled to take place within an eight-day period for UC Davis. The Aggies will face Eastern Washington in its final home game of the calendar year Monday evening before heading to Logan, Utah, later this week to compete in the World Vision Challenge.
"Once I was able to find my rhythm, I tried to take advantage of the opportunities I had when my team was on offense," explained Adenrele.
Even the partisan crowd at Maples Pavilion gave the Roseville-native a rousing ovation once he left the game for good in the final moments of the second half.
Adenrele topped his previous mark of 19 points originally set in the Aggies' Causeway Classic victory against Sacramento State last November.
Forcing turnovers, drawing charges and altering Stanford's shots on one end of the court, Adenrele powered his way around the paint throughout Saturday's contest to keep UC Davis (1-6) within striking distance until forward Dwight Powell scored all eight points for the Cardinal (7-3) during its second-half run.
"When we stuck to the script and did the things we wanted to do, good things happened," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les. "We made them shoot 29 three-point shots, which was what we wanted to force Stanford to do.
Prior to Stanford's run, UC Davis recorded an eight point scoring run of its own to pull within seven during the inaugural minutes of the second half.
Adenrele and freshman guard Darius Graham scored the final four points of the first half; once play resumed, sophomore guard Corey Hawkins and Adenrele made consecutive shots to pull the Aggies within seven.
Graham finished with four points and two rebounds, Hawkins ended his day with 10 points and four rebounds. Hawkins has now recorded double-digit point totals in every game for UC Davis this season.
Powell led Stanford in scoring with 20, followed by forward Josh Huestis and guard Chasson Randle who posted 14 and 12 points each.
UC Davis will experience a quick turnaround as the Aggies will return to action Monday night inside The Pavilion against Eastern Washington. Tipoff for UC Davis' final home game of 2012 will take place at 7 p.m.