SAN FRANCISCO - Senior American Studies major Arell Hennings and junior communication major Siler Schneider each hit threes late in the second half of Friday’s non-conference game at San Francisco to lead a late Aggie scoring surge, but the Dons’ three-point shooting, combined with free throws made throughout the final minutes of the evening helped them record a 74-61 victory in each team’s opening game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.
Schneider set a new season high by leading all Aggies with 19 points, and senior communication major Chima Moneke recorded his seventh double-double of the season by finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic uses a unique format for its event: all eight participating teams will play their first two games at various locations before heading to the Orleans Arena, in Las Vegas, for its final two contests.
UC Davis will continue tournament play with a 7-3 record, and return to action Tuesday night at Nevada. Facebook live stream of the Aggies’ non-conference matchup against the Wolf Pack will start at 7 p.m.
San Francisco will continue its season with a 6-3 record.
“I thought our defensive game plan early on was good, we took them out of their comfort zone,” said head coach Jim Les. “And then they worked for some great looks and became comfortable. And once they got going, it was hard to stop that momentum.”
The Aggies enjoyed a strong start to the first game between these teams since 1976 by scoring eight of the first 11 points. San Francisco responded by hitting 4 of 9 shots from three and held a 10-point cushion at the break.
Once action resumed, junior economics major Garrison Goode hit a jumper, which started a 6-0 run. A Moneke dunk and layup from junior communication major TJ Shorts the II chopped UC Davis’ deficit to a two-possession margin within a two-minute timespan.
Throughout the entire second half, USF responded to each Aggie push by hitting shots from three; another six buckets were scored from distance, and that ended up being the ultimate difference in the game. Once the final buzzer sounded, the Dons’ finished with 10 threes versus the Aggies’ five, with the difference leading to USF's margin of victory.
Led by Frankie Ferrari and his 19 points, four San Francisco players finished with double-digit point totals. Combined, that group was responsible for all but one of their team’s field goals from three.
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