Dec. 17, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Tyler Les led all scorers with a season-high 18 points, J.T. Adenrele had his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 boards, and UC Davis committed just four turnovers as the Aggies rolled past Eastern Washington 87-65 in a non-conference men's basketball game on Monday night at The Pavilion.
UC Davis did an exceptional job protecting the ball against Eastern Washington, turning the ball over just four times, including none in the second half. Its final miscue came with 2 minutes, 37 seconds left in the first half.
"To have 21 assists, and only four turnovers tells me that we have an unselfish team," said head coach Jim Les.
UC Davis snapped a four-game losing streak with the win, improving to 2-6 overall. Parker Kelly had 17 points and Venky Jois grabbed 12 rebounds for the Eagles who fell to 2-8.
Five players scored in double figures for the Aggies, the first time that has occurred since the Aggies downed Pacific 73-64 last February. Josh Ritchart added 14 points while Ryan Sypkens and Paolo Mancasola each had 10.
"You cannot help but feel the momentum with a win like this, especially at home. We are not going to be complacent with this win, we are going to use this as fuel for our next three games in Utah," said junior guard Tyler Les.
The Aggies raced out to a 10-0 lead just over two minutes into the game and built the lead to 26-6 on a bucket by Ritchart midway through the half.
"I thought we had some really good intensity and were disruptive defensively. When we were able to get that first rebound and push the tempo, especially early in the game, the guys were able to make create a scoring run on them," said J. Les.
However, a 26-10 run by the Eagles cut the lead to just 36-32 late in the half. UC Davis led 40-32 at halftime but gradually opened the lead to 61-42 eight minutes into the second half. The Eagles didn't get closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
Eastern Washington canned 17 three-pointers while the Aggies were 10 of 20. Les made four to lead the team. UC Davis held a 40-36 advantage on the boards.
"We trusted the game plan, trusted each other, and made the extra pass on offense. We trusted that everyone would rotate accordingly on defense, held each other accountable, and found our spots when we needed to and earned the win," said T. Les.
Of the 20 baskets the Eagles made throughout the evening, all but three were from behind the arc. During the first half alone, 10 of Eastern Washington's 11 field goals were from distance.
"I told my guys that it took Eastern Washington making 10 of 11 (three-point shots) to get back into the game. We were able to weather that storm and still maintain a lead at the half," said J. Les.
Clint Bozner also competed in his first game of the season for UC Davis. The sophomore forward logged 13 minutes, scored eight points, recorded two rebounds, and blocked a shot to earn a round of applause from the Aggie faithful once his evening ended.
"I thought he (Bozner) stepped up tonight, gave us some great energy and was really productive. I thought he did a great job battling their big guys," said J. Les
As a team, the Aggies shot 33-for-66 (50 pct.) for the game, were 10-for-20 (50 pct.) from three and made 11 of their 16 (68.8 pct.) free-throw attempts. Eastern Washington was 20-for-60 (33.3 pct.) overall, 17-for-41 (41.5 pct.) from three and made 8 of its 10 (80 pct.) shots at the line.
"We have had a tough schedule," said J. Les. "We have played a number of games on the road at Oklahoma State, at Nevada and at Stanford. These guys have been battle-tested and I think this, and a game like tonight, are going to pay dividends down the road."