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DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis scored the first 11 points of Saturday's non-conference game at the Pavilion, held Holy Names scoreless for the first 7:28, forced six turnovers during those opening minutes, limited the Hawks to just 19 first-half points and cruised to a 89-62 victory, its seventh in as many head-to-head games, 15th consecutive overall at home and third in wire-to-wire fashion this year.
By scoring only 19 points throughout the first half, Holy Names became the 10th opponent in the Aggies' Division I era held to fewer than 20 points in any half. The Hawks' points total also doubled as the sixth-lowest allowed by UC Davis in any half during that same timespan.
With Saturday's result, UC Davis head coach Jim Les also collected his 250th career victory, and the Aggies will now enter Thursday's 7 p.m. Big West home opener vs. UC Irvine with a with a 9-5 overall record.
"I've been blessed and fortunate to be around some unique young men who have allowed me and my staff to mentor them. The wins are a byproduct of that. What I appreciate more are the relationships that were built throughout the last 16 years. I still hear and talk to a lot of former players, and that is what is most important to this staff as we continue to build this program," said Les.
Led by senior communication major Chima Moneke, five Aggies scored double figures to help the team post a season-high point total and field goal percentage (.569). Moneke scored 17 of his 19 points throughout his 12 minutes played in the first half -- his halftime total was two fewer points than the Hawks scored as a team prior to the break.
On 7 of 11 shooting, which includes two threes and another point scored at the line, junior communication major Siler Schneider ended his day with 17 points.
By hitting all five shots from the floor, including all four from behind the arc, senior American Studies major Arell Hennings added another 14 points. Hennings was part of an Aggie bench that outscored the Hawks' reserves by a 44-30 margin.
Also contributing to UC Davis' bench effort was junior psychology major AJ John, who scored 11 points and recorded a game-high nine rebounds, and junior human development major Colin Russell, who finished with 10 points and four rebounds, both career highs.
Another Aggie who was outstanding on defense was sophomore communication major Rogers Printup, who was singlehandedly responsible for nearly half of his team's 13 steals. By finishing with a career-high six, he doubled his career total and became the second UC Davis player this season to post five or more in a single game.
The other Aggie is junior communication major TJ Shorts II, the Big West Conference's leader in this category, who earned another two steals in addition to posting a game-high six assists.
While HNU's first-half scoring was sparse, UC Davis enjoyed a strong shooting performance from its entire roster by connecting on 57 percent of its shots from the floor (14-for-25) and entered the locker room at halftime with a commanding 19-point lead.
By comparison, HNU shot 28 percent overall and hit only seven of its 25 attempts from the field during the opening 20 minutes of action.
In addition to ending the final minutes of the first half with a 7-0 scoring run, UC Davis scored another six unanswered once action resumed to begin another half that was dominated by the Aggies. They led by as many as 29 points, thanks to a late 12-0 surge, and maintained a 20-point cushion for nearly the entire second half.
UC Davis more than doubled the Hawks' scoring in the paint (46-18), and added another 19 points to its season-high total off 19 HNU turnovers.
The Aggies posted a season-high percentage from the floor by connecting on 33 of 58 attempts (.569), sank 8 of 20 from three (.400) and 15 of 22 from the free throw line (.682). Holy Names recorded respective shooting percentages of .396 (19 of 48), .389 (7 of 18) and .708 (17 of 24).
Up next for UC Davis is the marquee matchup of the league's opening week when UC Irvine visits the Pavilion for Thursday's 7 p.m. rematch of last year's Big West Tournament title game.
UC DAVIS 89, HOLY NAMES 62
Green, Andre 5-13 4-5 16; Perry, Marcelas 5-8 2-3 14; Dean, Jacob 2-7 5-6 11; Sanders, Jewels 3-5 2-4 9; Arciniega, Fabian 1-1 4-5 6; Davis, Kyvonte 2-3 0-0 4; Kazar, Bobby 1-5 0-0 2; Strong, Jamie 0-2 0-0 0; oung, Zac 0-0 0-1 0; Leatherwood, Keo 0-0 0-0 0; Taylor, Alonzo 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 19-48 17-24 62.
UC DAVIS (9-5)
Moneke, Chima 7-10 5-8 19; Schneider, Siler 7-11 1-2 17; Hennings, Arell 5-5 0-0 14; John, AJ 4-8 3-5 11; Russell, Colin 4-5 2-3 10; Jackson, Delveion 2-5 2-2 7; Mooney, Joe 2-5 0-0 5; Shorts II, TJ 1-3 2-2 4; Printup, Rogers 1-6 0-0 2; Goode, Garrison 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-58 15-22 89.
Holy Names.................... 19 43 - 62
UC Davis......................... 38 51 - 89
3-point goals--Holy Names 7-18 (Perry, Marcelas 2-3; Dean, Jacob 2-4; Green, Andre 2-5; Sanders,
Jewels 1-2; Strong, Jamie 0-1; Taylor, Alonzo 0-2; Kazar, Bobby 0-1), UC Davis 8-20 (Hennings, Arell
4-4; Schneider, Siler 2-3; Mooney, Joe 1-4; Jackson, Delveion 1-3; Printup, Rogers 0-4; John, AJ 0-2).
Fouled out--Holy Names-None, UC Davis-None. Rebounds--Holy Names 26 (Green, Andre 6), UC Davis
35 (John, AJ 9). Assists--Holy Names 7 (Young, Zac 2), UC Davis 20 (Shorts II, TJ 6). Total fouls--Holy
Names 23, UC Davis 21. Technical fouls--Holy Names-TEAM, UC Davis-None. A-996
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