BOISE, Idaho - For a vast majority of Wednesday’s non-conference game in Boise, Idaho, a crowd of 5,592 braced itself to watch Boise State’s 14-game home win streak disappear since UC Davis dominated play throughout the first 32 minutes. With the score tied at 48-48, the Broncos scored eight straight before the Aggies chopped that deficit down to a 58-56 margin with 3:22 left in the game thanks to Siler Schneider’s clutch basket and a three from Darius Graham. However, Boise State scored the final six points of the evening to edge UC Davis, 64-56.
UC Davis will return home for its final home non-conference game vs. Holy Names, on Jan. 2, with a 4-8 record. Boise State will enter league play with a 9-4 mark.
"These guys were awesome," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les. "We asked everyone to embrace their underdog role coming into (Taco Bell Arena), to relish and enjoy this opportunity, and compete their tails off. They did that, and more.
"Everyone contributed tonight ... I could not be more proud of this team."
In a battle between defending league champions, the Aggies shot .500 from the field (24 of 48) and .308 from three (4 of 13) against a Boise State squad that finished with respective percentages of .408 (20 of 49) and .286 (6 of 21).
However, it was the free throw disparity that ended up being the difference as the Broncos sank 18 of 26 from the line compared to the Aggies who canned 4 of 7.
Schneider led all Aggies with a season-high 21 points on 9 of 14 shooting, Neal Monson added another 14 and fell one rebound shy of posting his third double-double of the season.
Of its 56 points, UC Davis scored 30 in the paint and 17 off 12 BSU miscues.
Georgi Funtarov scored a seven of his team's 11 bench points, and set another season high in scoring for the second time in as many games.
The Broncos jumped out to an early 3-2 lead before UC Davis scored 13 of the following 16 points to hold the lead throughout the final 15-plus minutes of the first half.
Led by Monson, who scored 11 points throughout the first 20 minutes of action, and Schneider who entered the locker room with nine of his own, UC Davis shot a blistering .538 from the field, limited the Broncos to only 29 points and led by two at halftime.
Including the final four minutes of the first half, and the opening minutes of the second, BSU regained the lead thanks to a 12-2 run of its own. However, the Aggies responded by scoring seven unanswered, which forced the Broncos to call an early timeout.
What started with a layup from Monson continued with a three and a layup by Schneider. As quickly as BSU gained momentum, and gave the crowd a reason to cheer for the first time all night, UC Davis silenced the building within 52 seconds.
Throughout the following eight minutes, UC Davis responded to every Boise State challenge with key baskets, turnovers, and floor burns by taking charges, and diving after every loose ball, to preserve its cushion until the 8:28 mark of the second half.
It was then when Boise State was able to even the score at 48 apiece; even after the Broncos scored the following eight points, everyone clad in orange and blue braced themselves for another UC Davis push.
Down by nine with 5:14 remaining in the game, a jumper from Schneider (that would have been a three had his toe not grazed the arc on his step-back attempt) and a three from Graham cut the Aggies' margin to four; a straightaway basket from Funtarov pulled UC Davis within two, with 3:22 still left to play.
From that point in the game, until the final buzzer, Boise State scored the final six points to escape with a win and extend its home court streak.
James Webb III led his team with 23 points, Anthony Drmic and Nick Duncan chipped in another 14 and 12 respectively.
BOISE STATE 64, UC DAVIS 56
UC DAVIS (4-8)
Schneider, Siler 9-14 2-3 21; Monson, Neal 6-11 2-3 14; Funtarov, Georgi 3-7 0-0 7; Graham, Darius 2-8 0-0 6; Lemar, Brynton 2-4 0-0 4; White, Lawrence 2-4 0-1 4; Printup, Rogers 0-0 0-0 0; Goode, Garrison 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-48 4-7 56.
BOISE STATE (9-4)
WEBB III, James 7-11 8-9 23; DRMIC, Anthony 4-9 3-6 14; DUNCAN, Nick 4-11 3-3 12; AUSTIN, Paris 1-3 3-6 5; HUTCHISON, Chandler 2-7 0-0 4; JACKSON, Lonnie 1-3 0-0 3; ALFORD, Montigo 1-3 0-0 2; THOMPSON, Mikey 0-2 1-2 1; HANEY, Zach 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-49 18-26 64.
UC Davis...................... 31 25 - 56
Boise State................... 29 35 - 64
3-point goals--UC Davis 4-13 (Graham, Darius 2-5; Funtarov, Georgi 1-5; Schneider, Siler 1-1; White, Lawrence 0-1; Monson, Neal 0-1), Boise State 6-21 (DRMIC, Anthony 3-6; WEBB III, James 1-4; JACKSON, Lonnie 1-3; DUNCAN, Nick 1-6; HUTCHISON, Chandler 0-1; AUSTIN, Paris 0-1). Fouled out--UC Davis-Goode, Garrison, Boise State-None. Rebounds--UC Davis 25 (Monson, Neal
9), Boise State 28 (WEBB III, James 9). Assists--UC Davis 11 (Schneider, Siler 3; Lemar, Brynton 3), Boise State 12 (DUNCAN, Nick 4). Total fouls--UC Davis 22, Boise State 13. Technical fouls--UC Davis-None, Boise State-None. A-5592
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