Pacific Visits The Pavilion in Aggies' Big West Home Opener

Josh Ritchart set two new season highs, and tied another two in the Aggies' previous game at UC irvine.
 
Josh Ritchart set two new season highs, and tied another two in the Aggies' previous game at UC irvine.
 

Jan. 4, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. -

Game 13

Pacific Tigers (6-7, 0-1 BWC)
at
UC Davis Aggies (4-8, 0-1 BWC)

Jan. 5, 2013 - 7 p.m. PT
The Pavilion (5,931) - Davis, Calif.

Internet Stream: BigWest.TV
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM)
Internet Audio: ucdavisaggies.com
Live Stats: ucdavisaggies.com
In-game Twitter Updates: @UCDavisAggies

OPENING TIPS
UC Davis will face its Big West regional rival for the final time (beginning July 1, 2013, Pacific will officially become the newest member of the West Coast Conference) when the Pacific Tigers visit The Pavilion in the Aggies' 2012-13 Big West home opener. The Aggies defeated the Tigers in Davis 73-64 last season, and look to earn their third home victory over Pacific in the last four years when the teams open their season series Saturday evening. 

Series Record: Pacific leads 80-12
Last UC Davis Win: 73-64 (H) (2/14/12)
Last Pacific Win: 64-48 (A) (1/21/12)
Current Streak: UC Davis +1

LISTEN LIVE TO UC DAVIS MEN'S BASKETBALL
For the second year, all UC Davis men's basketball games will be aired on KSAC (105.5 FM). Pregame begins 30 minutes before tip-off, Scott Marsh will call the play-by-play with Bill Herenda providing analysis for most contests this season. All games will also be streamed free of charge at ucdavisaggies.com.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH LIVE STATS
Live stats are available for all home and most UC Davis road games by visiting ucdavisaggies.com. Media are advised to select "Media View" on Gametracker as stats updated the quickest on this medium when covering home games.


 

 

AGGIE SPORTS UPDATE
UC Davis Athletics, in partnership with KSAC (105.5 FM) in Sacramento, debuted "Aggie Sports Update" on Dec. 4. A weekly radio show featuring interviews with coaches and student-athletes, updates on all 23 varsity teams and opportunities to win tickets and prizes, the 30-minute show is hosted by longtime Aggie broadcaster Scott Marsh (with KSAC Sports Director Phil Getman also taking the microphone from time to time) and will air every Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. Besides airing on KSAC, "Aggie Sports Update" will stream live on UC Davis' official athletics website, www.ucdavisaggies.com. 

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Season and single-game tickets for Aggie home games can be purchased through the "Tickets" link at www.ucdavisaggies.com, in person at the UC Davis Ticket Office, or by calling the ticket office at (530) 752-1915.

MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE
Media members, UC Davis men's basketball fans and anyone else that is interested in learning more about the Aggie men's basketball program can download the 2012-13 media guide in PDF format at the men's basketball homepage on ucdavisaggies.com

INHOSPITABLE HOSTS
UC Davis will seek its fourth Big West home-opening victory throughout its six seasons as a conference member when the team takes the floor to face the Pacific Tigers. Recognized as an official member of the conference prior to the start of the 2007-08 campaign, Aggie men's basketball fans were treated to victories in the team's first three conference home openers.

Big West Home Openers

Jan. 5, 2012 vs. UC Riverside L, 60-58
Jan. 6, 2011 vs. UC Santa Barbara L, 77-65
Jan. 2, 2010 vs. Cal State Fullerton W, 67-63
Jan. 8, 2009 vs. UC Riverside W, 65-58
Jan. 4, 2008 vs. UC Riverside W, 58-54

SECOND-SEASON STARTS
UC Davis began its Big West schedule on the road for the third consecutive season on Dec. 29, 2012, when the Aggies faced the UC Irvine Anteaters inside the Bren Events Center. Since joining the conference during the 2007-08 season, UC Davis is 3-3 in its six Big West openers. The Aggies have won both conference home openers vs. UC Riverside (2007-08) and Cal State Fullerton (2009-10), and earned its first road conference-opening win during the 2010-11 season at Cal State Fullerton. 

Big West Openers

Dec. 29, 2012 at UC Irvine L, 69-58
Dec. 29, 2011 at Cal State Fullerton L, 65-64
Dec. 28, 2010 at Cal State Fullerton W, 88-72
Jan. 2, 2010 vs. Cal State Fullerton W, 67-63
Jan. 5, 2009 at Cal State Northridge L, 84-81
Jan. 4, 2008 vs. UC Riverside W, 58-54

MARCH TO 1,000
Competing in its 101st season, the UC Davis men's basketball program inches itself towards the 1,000-victory milestone with every win accumulated this season. Entering the 2012-13 campaign with 990 wins, the Aggies need six more victories to accomplish this feat. 

TOP-TEN ALL-TIME TOTALS
Junior guard Ryan Sypkens and junior swingman Josh Ritchart are amongst the top-ten active Big West career scoring leaders this season. Currently ranked No. 6 with 695 points scored throughout his time at UC Davis, Sypkens sits one spot ahead of teammate Ritchart who occupies the No. 7 slot with 676 points.

HE'S ALSO ON THE LIST
Ryan Howley is another Aggie who finds himself alongside the top names in the Big West as the senior guard is ranked No. 3 amongst all active players in the conference with 380 rebounds. 

RECORD BREAKER
Senior guard Ryan Howley set two new tournament records during UC Davis' tenure at the World Vision Challenge in Logan, Utah. Just two days after setting a single-game rebounding record with 15 boards earned vs. Southern Illinois (12/20/12), Howley capped his three-game stint by earning 11 rebounds against Nicholls State (12/22/12) to finish with an all-time tournament total of 38 rebounds, shattering the previous mark of 33.

SCOUTING PACIFIC
The other Big West team to enjoy a bye during last Thursday's schedule of games, the Pacific Tigers will visit The Pavilion for the final time as a member of the Big West Conference in Saturday's Big West home opener. In their conference opener on Dec. 29, 2012, the Tigers fell on the road to Long Beach State 67-63, suffering their third loss out of their last four played (the lone victory was earned in the team's final non-conference tune-up vs. Cal Maritime on Dec. 21). Earlier this season, Pacific went 3-2 throughout five-game swing of action against Xavier (W), Saint Mary's (W) and Cal (L) at the DirecTV Classic in Anaheim, Calif., followed by a road game at Gonzaga (L) and home contest versus Nevada (W in OT). 

Senior guard Lorenzo McCloud leads all Tigers with 12.4 ppg and 49 assists, with junior guard Sama Taku possessing a team-high 3.8 rpg average. Junior forward Ross Rivera is No. 2 on the team in scoring and rebounds at 9.4 ppg and 3.7 rpg. In addition to Rivera, senior guard Colin Beatty and junior forward Travis Fulton are also averaging 3.7 rpg.

UC DAVIS VS. THE NATION
Through games of Dec. 30, UC Davis finds itself amongst the nation's top-50 men's basketball programs in a number of statistical categories. The Aggies' are ranked  No. 42 in free-throw percentage (.738) and No. 43 in assists per game (15.9 apg). UC Davis narrowly misses the top-50 threshold in three-point field goals per game as the team is ranked No. 51 averaging 7.3 3FGM.

FIRE AWAY!
Ryan Sypkens is ranked No. 5 in the nation with 3.92 three-point field goals made per game. The junior guard is also ranked No. 5 with his .511 three-point field goal percentage, a mark that is also the top three-point shooting percentage in the Big West. Sypkens also enters UC Davis' Big West home-opener tied for No. 8 in scoring at 15.0 ppg and No. 9 in the Big West with his .512 field goal percentage.

CALL HIM MR. WINDEX
Senior guard Ryan Howley, the conference's No. 2 rebounder, is one of two players in the Big West to sport a double-digit rebound average entering Saturday's slate of games. Not only does he possess the second-highest rebound figure in the conference, and the 22nd-highest average in the nation at 10.0 rpg, Howley also leads all Big West players with 8.0 defensive rebounds per game.

PICK YOUR POISON
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins currently possesses the top percentage at the charity stripe this season in the Big West and the 19th-highest free throw percentage in the nation at .900. In addition to being ranked No. 69 in the country in scoring at 17.8 ppg, Hawkins' average also doubles as the Big West's fourth-highest figure. Hawkins also occupies top-10 Big West rankings in steals (1.5 per game/No. 7), assist/turnover ratio (1.7/No. 8) and assists (3.8 apg/No. 10).

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT
J.T. Adenrele is another Aggie that sits near the top of a statistical category as the sophomore forward enters this weekend's Big West home opener ranked No. 2 in the conference with his .580 field goal percentage. He is also No. 4 in blocks averaging 1.6 per contest.

OPPONENTS BEWARE
Tyler Les is another Aggie sharpshooter that is dangerous from behind the arc as the junior guard's .405 three-point field goal percentage is the seventh-highest mark in the conference.

THE PERFECT SETUP
Ranked No. 5 in assists (4.3 apg) and No. 7 with his 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all Big West players, senior guard Paolo Mancasola completes the list of Aggies who are turning in top-10 performances on a consistent basis for head coach Jim Les

HOW LOW DID THEY GO?
Against Eastern Washington (12/17/12), the Aggies only committed four turnovers, a program-low since starting Division I competition during the 2004-05 season. 

RITCHART REIGNS AT IRVINE
Junior swingman Josh Ritchart tied/set four new season highs when UC Davis visited the Bren Events Center for its Big West opener on Dec. 29, 2012. Ritchart set two new season bests by scoring 15 points on six field goals, and tied another two by recording seven rebounds and draining three three-pointers for the third time this season.

ALL-TOURNAMENT ACCOLADES FOR HAWKINS
Throughout the three-game World Vision Classic in Logan, Utah, sophomore guard Corey Hawkins averaged 16.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 4.0 apg to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Hawkins also led the team in scoring with 20 points against Southern Illinois (12/20/12). 

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE AREN'T FREE
UC Davis minimized the number of extra Eastern Washington possessions by brilliantly making the most of its possessions on offense. The Aggies did not commit a turnover throughout the final 22:37 of action against the Eagles on Dec. 17. In that game UC Davis only committed a total of four turnovers. 

FANTASTIC FIVE
Against the Eastern Washington Eagles (12/17/12), five players scored double figures for the Aggies for the first time since UC Davis downed Pacific 73-64 last February. Leading the way for UC Davis in scoring against the Eagles were Tyler Les (18 pts.), Josh Ritchart (14), J.T. Adenrele (13), Paolo Mancasola and Ryan Sypkens (10).

AN ALL-AGGIE AFFAIR
Five Division I school are nicknamed the Aggies, nearly half of that list faced one another on Dec. 21, when UC Davis faced Utah State. North Carolina A&T, New Mexico State and Texas A&M are the other Aggie athletics programs that compete at the D-I level. Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Delaware Valley College also use the Aggies moniker, the only schools to do so at the Division II and Division III levels respectively.

UC DAVIS' DOUBLE-DOUBLE LIST DOUBLES
J.T. Adenrele is the second Aggie to record a double-double this season after finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds versus Eastern Washington. The sophomore forward followed those totals with an 18-point, 11-rebound effort to record his second double-double in as many games vs. Nicholls State at the World Vision Challenge. The double-doubles are the first two of Adenrele's collegiate career. Ryan Howley posted UC Davis' other double-doubles (11 pts./13 reb.) in the team's season opener at Oklahoma State (11/9/12) and against Nicholls State (10 pts./13 rebs, 12/22/12) in the Aggies' tournament finale at the World Vision Classic in Logan, Utah.

BRYNTON LEMAR INKS NLI WITH AGGIES
Brynton Lemar, a 6-foot-3 guard from St. Augustine High School in San Diego has signed a national letter of intent to join the UC Davis men's basketball program. Throughout his three years at St. Augustine under the tutelage of head coach Mike Haupt, he has led his team to victories in more than two-thirds of its games played. With Lemar in the lineup, the Saints have compiled a 59-30 overall record. 

Lemar averaged 25.0 points per game throughout the 2011-12 season for a St. Augustine squad that finished with a 23-7 overall record and advanced to its California Interscholastic Federation section quarterfinals for the third consecutive season. Shortly after his junior campaign concluded, Lemar was the only member of his team to earn a coveted spot on the All-Western League's first team. 

During his sophomore season, the combo guard averaged 22.0 ppg and helped his team advance to the quarterfinals after posting a 23-7 mark. He averaged 15.0 ppg throughout the 2009-10 season, his first as a member of the Saints' boys basketball program.

`TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE
Toys for Tots held a toy drive during the Aggies' home game vs. San Jose State (12/5/12), an opportunity that numerous fans took full advantage of by donating new and unused toys for local children in need. The men's basketball program thanks everyone who made last Wednesday's toy drive a successful event, and encourages people who are interested in donating their time and/or additional items to visit www.toysfortots.com.

TRULY A TEAM EFFORT
Aggie men's basketball would also like to thank all fans that participated in the team's food drive during its home opener vs. Northern Arizona on Nov. 18. Due to the generosity of its supporters, 315 pounds of food was donated to the Food Bank of Yolo County to help local families in need. Individuals who are interested in volunteering for the Food Bank are encouraged to visit www.foodbankyc.org.

BIG WEST TOUR RETURNS IN 2013
The Big West Tour presented by ampm returns for 2013, running January 24 through February 28.  Over the five weeks of the Tour, Big West representatives will make stops at the nine Big West campuses in California, giving fans opportunities to win prize packs, receive ampm scratcher cards and enter drawings at each campus for an iPad Mini.  Most tour stops will also provide samples of products found at ampm stores as the 2013 Big West Basketball Tournament at Honda Center draws closer.

Aggie men's basketball fans can participate in the Big West Tour at the Memorial Union on Jan. 24, 2013, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and at The Pavilion later that evening when UC Davis takes on Cal State Fullerton.

Returning as the presenting sponsor of The Big West Tour, ampm will provide prizes at each tour stop, and will also distribute scratcher cards available on each of the tour campuses throughout the conference season.  Scratcher prizes include free ampm products as well as Big West Tournament tickets, bookstore giftcards, iPad Minis and a grand prize of a $1,000 electronics shopping spree.  ampm has been a proud partner of the Big West Tour since 2010.

The Big West Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament returns to Honda Center for the 2013 season, the event's fourth year at the Anaheim-based arena.  The tournament runs March 12-16, with the women's first and second rounds March 12-13 at the UC Irvine Bren Events Center, the women's semifinals and finals at Honda Center March 15-16, and the entire men's tournament at Honda Center March 14-16.

AGGIES CAPTURE CAUSEWAY CLASSIC
In front of a standing-room only crowd at The Nest, UC Davis scored 63 points in the second half to defeat Sacramento State 87-76 in the 111th Causeway Classic (11/20/12). The Aggies connected on 22 of 34 shots (64.7 percent) throughout the final 20 minutes of action, and built a lead as large as 14 before ending on its final 11-point margin. As a team, the Aggies were a perfect 13-for-13 from the line and won the battle of the boards from start-to-finish, outrebounding the Hornets by a final margin of 45-31. The road team has now won the last three Causeway Classics.

A PERFECT PERFORMANCE
In this season's Causeway Classic matchup, UC Davis made all 13 of its attempts from the free throw line en route to an 11-point victory over the host Sacramento State Hornets. This was the first time that the Aggies shot a perfect 100 percent from the charity stripe since its 16-for-16 performance at UC Irvine on Mar. 16, 2008.

LES ASSEMBLES STRONG STAFF 
Head coach Jim Les went near and far when assembling his staff of assistant coaches. Kevin Nosek, a member of the Aggies' 1998 NCAA Division II Championship team, returns for his 11th year with the program. Chris Davis, who Les faced in the Missouri Valley while he was at Bradley and Davis at Drake, will start his second season with Aggies after spending three seasons in the Big East at Providence where he was the Friars' recruiting coordinator.  Kyle Vogt, most recently at Western Illinois University and who has been a part of nearly 180 wins during his coaching career, joined the UC Davis men's basketball program as an assistant coach in July. Mark Darnall enters the 2012-13 season, his second on the Aggie staff, continuing his role as UC Davis' first-ever Director of Basketball Operations after assisting Les at Bradley University as the team's video coordinator.

THE AGGIES ARE BACK IN THIS YEAR'S BRACKETBUSTERS
UC Davis is one of 122 teams that will participate in the 11th-annual BracketBusters, a two-day men's college basketball event pitting potential NCAA Championship hopefuls against each other. Thirteen games from this year's event will be nationally televised on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. ESPN2 will feature five BracketBusters games, while ESPNU and ESPN3 will each house four games. The 13 BracketBusters matchups with dates, times and networks will be announced Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. The televised matchups are selected by ESPN, while a Committee of Conference Commissioners determines the additional non-televised games.

BracketBusters, named because of the success of the teams in NCAA Championship play, will provide the 26 televised teams an opportunity to play other top non-conference opponents three weeks before Selection Sunday. The 96 teams not selected for BracketBusters will compete against each other through the same three days.

The 122-team field will feature teams from 13 conferences, including all 10 Big West schools. As part of the agreement, all 13 of the BracketBusters home teams in televised games, as well as the remaining 58 home squads, will play a return game at the home facility of their opponent in November or December of the 2013-14 season.

BON VOYAGE 
UC Davis faced a number of top-caliber teams throughout its 10-day trip throughout Italy and France this past summer. Under NCAA rules, collegiate teams can make a foreign trip every four years. Nearly 60 Div. I teams made such excursions, a list that also included Big West counterparts Pacific (France, Aug. 10-20) and Cal State Northridge (Canada, Aug. 21-26). While overseas, the Aggies competed against Latina Basket, a member of the Italian B-1 League, a U.S. military team based in Camp Darby and a local professional team - Don Bosco Livorno - while in Livorno, Italy, Golf-Juan, a French National 2 team and Cagnes Sur Mer, member of the NM3 Division in France. The Aggies ended their trip with a 4-1 record out of their five games played. 

DISSECTING UC DAVIS' ROSTER
In addition to the eight newcomers to the program, six letterwinners also return to the team this season. Continuing their careers as an Aggie are J.T. Adenrele, Ryan Howley, Tyler Les, Paolo Mancasola, Josh Ritchart and Ryan Sypkens. Led by seniors Howley and Mancasola, this year's roster features eight upperclassmen.

BY POSITION

Guards (9): Darius Graham, Corey Hawkins, Ryan Howley, Avery Johnson, Tyler Les, Paolo Mancasola, Olivier Paul-Betu, Josh Ritchart, Ryan Sypkens
Forwards (6): J.T. Adenrele, Clint Bozner, Justin Dueck, Igor Nujic, Josh Ritchart, Tyler Ott
Center (1): Spencer Clayton

BY CLASS

Seniors (2): Ryan Howley, Paolo Mancasola
Juniors (6): Spencer Clayton, Avery Johnson, Tyler Les, Igor Nujic, Josh Ritchart, Ryan Sypkens
Sophomores (3): J.T. Adenrele, Clint Bozner, Corey Hawkins
Redshirt Freshmen (1): Justin Dueck
Freshmen (3): Darius Graham  Tyler Ott, Olivier Paul-Betu

A BIT O'BACKGROUND ON UC DAVIS MEN'S BASKETBALL
UC Davis will begin its sixth season as a member of the Big West conference when the Aggies start their 2012-13 schedule at Oklahoma State. The Big West is the fourth conference the men's basketball team has been affiliated with, other conferences include:

Far West Conference
1925-1982

Northern California Athletic Conference
1982-1998

California Collegiate Athletic Conference
1998-2004

Division I Independent
2004-2007

Big West Conference
2007-present

NOTE: The Far West Conference became the Northern California Athletic Conference in 1982.

BASKETBALL IS BACK ON BIGWEST.TV
For the eighth year, all 10 Big West member institutions will air all home and conference matches on BigWest.TV. For the 2012-13 season, all BigWest.TV events will air free of charge. BigWest.TV brings together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West schools. BigWest.TV covers conference sports, press conferences, interviews and features, including every UC Davis home and conference game for both the men's and women's programs. Also covered are select contests in men's and women's soccer, baseball, softball, and Big West Championships.