SEATTLE - A 12-2, UC Davis run late in the second half trimmed the team’s deficit in half, but Seattle was able to survive that scoring surge and hold onto its lead to down the Aggies, 76-67, in Tuesday night’s non-conference game from KeyArena in Seattle.
UC Davis will return to the Pavilion for the first time Dec. 9 and open the second of two season-long three-game homestands on Jan. 3 with a 9-3 record; Seattle improves to 7-6 in its final tune-up before league play.
Aggie swingman Josh Ritchart recorded his third 20-plus point performance of the season, and 10th of his career, by finishing with a team-high 21 points. Tyler Les set a new career high by collecting seven of his team’s 30 rebounds in addition to chipping in six points.
By finishing with three assists, Ritchart became the newest Aggie to reach the 100 for his career. Les reached the same milestone in the Aggies' season opener against Holy Names.
UC Davis earned a season-high 19 assists out of its 24 baskets; leading the way for the Aggies was Darius Graham who ended his evening with a season-high six. Avery Johnson also set a new season high with his five, tying his career best originally set nearly one year ago to the day versus Simpson (1/2/14).
The Redhawks were led by Isiah Umipig who earned 21 of his 33 points from distance.
"We definitely had some defensive miscues, but [Umipig] definitely hit some tough shots," said head coach Jim Les.
"When we were patient against the zone, we were able to create some really good scoring opportunities. When we were rushed in some instances, for whatever reason, that gave Seattle additional chances to score off our turnovers, or in transition."
Both teams posted similar shooting numbers as the Aggies hit 24 of 54 shots overall (.444 pct.) and 12 of 25 shots from three (.480). Seattle finished 23-for-52 (.442) from the floor and 12-for-23 (.522) respectively.
However, Seattle sank 18 of 27 attempts from the line (.667) compared to the Aggies who connected on 7 of 10 (.700) opportunities, and was able to score 16 points off 17 UC Davis miscues to hand UC Davis its third straight loss at KeyArena.
Down by 18 with 5:06 remaining, UC Davis held Seattle scoreless for over three minutes and turned Tuesday's game into a three-possession contest with 1:17 remaining.
What began with back-to-back-free throws from J.T. Adenrele continued with a three from Corey Hawkins, four straight from Ritchart and a three by Johnson. Only a layup from Seattle's William Powell during that timespan prevented the Aggies from reeling off 12 unanswered points.
With little time remaining on the clock, the Aggies were forced to shoot threes to accelerate its come-from-behind effort. UC Davis was unable to connect, and Seattle tacked on another three points from line and held on to collect the win.
In the final seven minutes of game time, UC Davis' defense only allowed two field goals.
Leading by nine at the break, Seattle increased its lead by knocking in four of its first five shots taken in the second half from three. By outscoring the Aggies 9-2 throughout the following four minutes, the Redhawks were able to push their lead to a game-high 18 points.
Both teams traded baskets for the subsequent five minutes before the Aggies shut down Seattle and started to climb back into contention prior to the under-four media timeout.
"We could have been able to weather Umipig's big night, and good players are going to have those on occasion, but it was the points off turnovers that hurt us the most," Les said.
Starting with its final non-conference game against Cal Maritime, on Jan. 3, UC Davis will play its next three games at home. Also visiting the Pavilion throughout the upcoming weeks are CSUN (Jan. 7), the Aggies' inaugural Big West opponent, and Long Beach State (Jan. 10) - a game that ESPNU will televise nationwide.
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY 76, UC DAVIS 67
UC DAVIS (9-3)
Ritchart, Josh 7-14 2-2 21; Hawkins, Corey 5-11 1-2 14; Fox, Josh 3-5 0-2 6; Les, Tyler 2-7 0-0 6; Adenrele, J.T. 1-3 4-4 6; Johnson, Avery 2-5 0-0 6; Graham, Darius 2-4 0-0 4; Lemar, Brynton 1-4 0-0 2; Monson, Neal 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-54 7-10 67.
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY (7-6)
Umipig, Isiah 11-21 4-6 33; Flora, Jarell 4-11 3-4 15; Powell, William 2-4 9-12 13; Murray, Emerson 2-3 1-2 6; Crook, Jack 2-7 1-2 5; Adenekan, Shore 2-3 0-1 4; Chibuogwu, Manny 0-0 0-0 0; Cohee, Jadon 0-1 0-0 0; Turner, Theo 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-52 18-27 76.
UC Davis.......................... 30 37 - 67
Seattle University............ 39 37 - 76
3-point goals--UC Davis 12-25 (Ritchart, Josh 5-8; Hawkins, Corey 3-5; Les, Tyler 2-6; Johnson, Avery 2-4; Lemar, Brynton 0-1; Graham, Darius 0-1), Seattle University 12-23 (Umipig, Isiah 7-15; Flora, Jarell 4-6; Murray, Emerson 1-2). Fouled out--UC Davis-Hawkins, Corey, Seattle University-Crook, Jack. Rebounds--UC Davis 30 (Les, Tyler 7), Seattle University 31 (Powell, William 8). Assists--UC Davis 19 (Graham, Darius 6), Seattle University 17 (Umipig, Isiah 6). Total fouls--UC Davis 21, Seattle University 13.
Technical fouls--UC Davis-TEAM, Seattle University-None. A-1635 Technical foul on UC Davis head coach at 8:36 in the first half.