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LAS VEGAS - A slam dunk from freshman undeclared major Delveion Jackson punctuated a stellar second-half performance by UC Davis which helped turn a seven-point deficit into a 77-68 victory in its first-ever head-to-head game against Lamar, which took place inside the Orleans Arena, site of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic’s final two days.
The Aggies will end tournament play Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. when they face Radford, who defeated North Carolina A&T earlier in the day.
Both UC Davis and Lamar will enter tomorrow’s action with an 8-4 record.
Junior communication major TJ Shorts II led all players with 25 points, and hit all 13 attempts at the free throw line. Not only are those both career highs, and team highs for the season, Shorts’ 13 made free throws is the second-highest individual total since the Aggies joined the Big West in 2007; of the 70 Aggies who posted a perfect shooting percentage at the stripe (min. six made), his total is the second-highest recorded in a single game.
As a team, UC Davis hit all but one of its 20 free throws to record the third-highest team percentage during that same timespan.
The Aggies’ also hit eight shots from three, and the timing of those baskets were crucial to their comeback since they trailed by as many as seven in the first half, but entered the locker room at the break on a 10-4 run, then scored nine of the first 13 after the break to take the lead for good.
It was a 12-2 run early in the second half that rocked Lamar, a scoring spurt that gave the Aggies a comfortable lead until the final buzzer. What started with two free throws from Shorts II continues with a three from sophomore economics major Joe Mooney — he scored two of his three baskets from three to finish with eight points. Another jumper from Mooney took place before junior psychology major AJ John canned a three of his own, and followed that with an emphatic dunk on his team’s ensuing possession, which forced Lamar to call a timeout.
“It was hard for the bench to contain itself after that dunk, that was a special play. Everyone saw how hard AJ worked last season, his dunk gave everyone a little extra juice as the game progressed,” said head coach Jim Les.
John scored double figures for the second game in a row by ending wth 10 points, junior communication major Siler Schneider hit a three, another two from the floor and all four at the line to chip in another 11.
UC Davis also posted a season-high 17 assists out of its 25 field goals and scored 30 of its points off 17 Lamar turnovers.
Since there is no video stream for Saturday’s game, UC Davis basketball fans can listen to Scott Marsh’s broadcast on TuneIn Radio by searching the phrase UC Davis Sports Network online, or through its app, and on KSAC 105.5 FM starting at 2 p.m. with his pregame show. Tipoff will take place at 2:30 p.m.
UC DAVIS 77, LAMAR 68
Harrison, James 6-11 2-2 17; Garth, Nick 5-5 1-1 14; Weisbrod, Colton 4-12 4-6 12; Nzeakor, Josh 5-9 0-1 10; Frenchwood, Joey 3-6 2-2 9; Noel, Torey 2-6 0-2 4; Bosha, Zjori 1-6 0-0 2; Robinson, Da'Shawn 0-0 0-0 0; Sullivan, Avery 0-0 0-0 0; Atwood, T.J. 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-56 9-14 68.
UC DAVIS (8-4)
Shorts II, TJ 6-9 13-13 25; Schneider, Siler 3-10 4-4 11; John, AJ 4-7 0-0 10; Mooney, Joe 3-5 0-0 8; Goode, Garrison 3-5 2-3 8; Onyebalu, Michael 2-2 0-0 6; Russell, Colin 2-2 0-0 4; Printup, Rogers 1-2 0-0 3; Jackson, Delveion 1-3 0-0 2; Hennings, Arell 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-47 19-20 77.
Lamar......................... 30 38 - 68
UC Davis...................... 29 48 - 77
3-point goals--Lamar 7-21 (Garth, Nick 3-3; Harrison, James 3-7; Frenchwood, Joey 1-2; Noel, Torey 0-3; Bosha, Zjori 0-3; Atwood, T.J. 0-1; Weisbrod, Colton 0-2), UC Davis 8-19 (John, AJ 2-5; Mooney, Joe 2-4; Onyebalu, Michael 2-2; Printup, Rogers 1-2; Schneider, Siler 1-4; Jackson, Delveion 0-1; Shorts II, TJ 0-1). Fouled out--Lamar-None, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--Lamar 29 (Nzeakor, Josh 7; Weisbrod, Colton 7), UC Davis 28 (Jackson, Delveion 5; Onyebalu, Michael 5). Assists--Lamar 10 (Frenchwood, Joey 5), UC Davis 17 (Hennings, Arell 3; Goode, Garrison 3). Total fouls--Lamar 18, UC Davis 18. Technical fouls--Lamar-None, UC Davis-None.
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