Aggies Open League Play at CSUN, Long Beach State

Ryan Sypkens will take the court for the first time since his record-setting performance when the Aggies visit Cal State Northridge Thursday evening.
 
Ryan Sypkens will take the court for the first time since his record-setting performance when the Aggies visit Cal State Northridge Thursday evening.
 

Jan. 7, 2014

Game 16

UC Davis Aggies (5-10, 0-0 BWC)
at
Cal State Northridge Matadors (8-7, 0-0 BWC)

Thursday, Jan. 9 - 7 p.m.
The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, Calif.

Watch on ESPN3
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM)
Internet Audio
Live Stats
In-game Twitter Updates

The Last Meeting
Cal State Northridge61
UC Davis73
February 16, 2013
Davis, Calif.
UC Davis Sweeps CSUN With 73-61 Win
Final Stats
Led by Corey Hawkins who finished Saturday night's Big West Conference game against Cal State Northridge with 31 points, a 14-1 scoring run at the end of the first half and a stellar performance at the line, UC Davis earned its first-ever regular-season sweep with its 73-61 win at The Pavilion.

The Last Meeting
Long Beach State77
UC Davis76
March 7, 2013
Davis, Calif.
49ers Edge UC Davis In Big West Thriller, 77-76
Corey Hawkins scored a game-high 34 points but visiting Long Beach State got 24 from James Ennis while surviving a last-second three-point try from Ryan Howley that went in and out, as the 49ers edged UC Davis 77-76 in a Big West Conference men's basketball game before a soldout Pavilion on Thursday night.

Game 17

UC Davis Aggies
at
Long Beach State 49ers (4-10, 0-0 BWC)

Saturday, Jan. 11 - 4 p.m.
Walter Pyramid (4,200) - Long Beach, Calif.

Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM)
Video Stream
Internet Audio
Live Stats
In-game Twitter Updates

 

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will open league play at Cal State Northridge Thursday night in a game that will be available online on ESPN3. This Big West matchup is the first that will be produced by the conference’s new mobile production facility in conjunction with ESPN. 

The Aggies will enter the Matadome with a three-game win streak over CSUN, one they hope to extend in Northridge head coach Reggie Theus’ inaugural conference game. Another UC Davis victory Thursday evening will give the team its fifth win in the last six head-to-head contests. 

Two days later, the Aggies will end its road trip against the Long Beach State 49ers in a 4 p.m. matinee game from the Walter Pyramid. 

LISTEN LIVE TO UC DAVIS MEN’S BASKETBALL
For the third year, every UC Davis men’s basketball game will air on KSAC (105.5 FM). Scott Marsh will call the action and begin his broadcast 30 minutes before tip-off with his pregame show. Fans can also listen to Marsh online for every men’s basketball game this season through an internet broadcast available at ucdavisaggies.com. 

CRUNCH NUMBERS HERE
Find out what is happening during every UC Davis men’s basketball game through live stats. Links for every men’s basketball game  are available by clicking “Gametracker” (home games) or “Live Stats” (road games) on the team’s schedule page at ucdavisaggies.com. 

SECURE YOUR SEATS
Season tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets can be purchased through the “Tickets” link at ucdavisaggies.com, in person at the UC Davis Ticket Office, or by phone at (530) 752-AGS1. 

IT’S OK TO BE A FOLLOWER
UC Davis men’s basketball fans can follow their favorite team, and all other Aggie intercollegiate athletics programs on Twitter at the handle @UCDavisAggies. In-game updates are also available on the department’s secondary Twitter handle, @UCDavisInGame.

WATCH THE AGGIES IN ACTION FOR FREE
Live streaming for all Aggie men’s basketball Big West games are streamed for free at BigWest.TV. Basketball fans can also access the link needed to watch all UC Davis home games on BigWest.TV by accessing the link entitled “Live Stream Provided by BigWest.TV” on the sidebar of the men’s basketball homepage on ucdavisaggies.com.

UC DAVIS ATHLETICS THANKS YOU
UC Davis and UC Davis Health System faculty and staff have the opportunity to receive two (2) complimentary tickets, courtesy of the Intercollegiate Athletics Department, to watch the Big West Conference home opener for Aggie men’s and women’s basketball as part of Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night. The women will host Cal State Northridge on Thursday, Jan. 9, while the men open league play against UC Riverside the following week on Jan. 16.

Faculty and staff members who are interested in securing their tickets are asked to send an e-mail from their campus address to aggies@ucdavis.edu with the following information: 

First and Last Name
Department Name
Campus Address
Phone Number
Desired Game(s) - Jan. 9 and/or Jan. 16
Number of Tickets (1 or 2 per game)

Beginning Jan. 6, faculty and staff can pick-up their requested allotment of tickets anytime Monday-Friday from 12-5 p.m. at the Athletic Ticket Office located at Aggie Stadium.

All ticket requests must be received by 12 p.m. (PT) on the day of each respective game and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are valid for seating in any general admission section; additional tickets are available for purchase online at ucdavisaggies.com.

A CLOSER LOOK AT CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
A three-game win streak was snapped recently when Cal State Northridge lost both games of its recent road trip at Stephen F. Austin and South Dakota, pushing its road record 1-6. Now back at home for their next two games, the Matadors will look to improve its 5-1 home mark against UC Davis and Hawai’i this week. 

Thursday’s game will feature two of the league’s top three-point specialists in senior guards Ryan Sypkens and Josh Greene. Responsible for 37 of his team’s 63 treys, Greene became CSUN’s all-time record holder when he sank his 183rd three against Stephen F. Austin in the Matadors’ final game of 2013.

One of three players who average double digits in scoring this season, Greene (14.8 ppg), Stephan Hicks (17.6 ppg) and Stephen Maxwell (16.5) lead a CSUN attack responsible for 75.3 points, 35.3 rebounds and 12.9 assists per game.

Thursday’s conference opener will also feature six of the conference’s top free throw shooters; in addition to UC Davis’ Corey HawkinsBrynton Lemar and Darius Graham, CSUN’s Greene (No. 2/.859), Hicks (No. 5/.763) and Aaron Parks (No. 6/.753) will showcase their skills at the stripe.

Series Record: Cal State Northridge leads 17-11 
Last UC Davis Win: 73-61 (2/16/13) in Davis 
Last CSUN Win: 84-80 (1/14/12) in Northridge 
Current Streak: UC Davis +3 

A CLOSER LOOK AT LONG BEACH STATE
Long Beach State starts its league schedule off a non-conference slate that included four games against ranked opposition and an extended stay in St. Louis due to snowstorms after the 49ers faced Missouri. Prior to its game against the Tigers, Long Beach State pieced together a three-game win streak that included a one-point victory versus USC and an overtime triumph at Nevada.

Prior to their win over the Trojans, the 49ers dropped nine consecutive games.

Making an immediate contribution for the 49ers since becoming eligible on the same day his team hosted USC is junior transfer Tyler Lamb. In his four games in a Long Beach uniform, the former UCLA Bruin is averaging a team-high 20.8 points per game. 

Series Record: Long Beach State leads 18-2 
Last UC Davis Win: 82-76 (2/5/09) in Long Beach
Last Long Beach State Win: 77-76 (3/7/13) in Davis
Current Streak: Long Beach State +9 

REWRITING HISTORY (AGAIN)
Responsible for the most three-point field goals made in a single season and career, senior guard Ryan Sypkens now holds a hat trick of records thanks to his stellar shooting against Simpson (1/2). That evening, Sypkens canned 10 of 14 shots from distance to set a new program mark for the most treys scored in a single game.

The previous mark of eight was held by six Aggies, a list that includes Sypkens and teammates Tyler Les and Corey Hawkins

Kyle Brucculeri, J.P. Bergez and Kevin Vasquez also made eight threes each when the men’s basketball team was a Division II program.

BY THE WAY...
Sypkens finished that game against Simpson with a career-high 30 points and recorded all but three of the Aggies’ 13 three-point field goals.

ALSO TAKING PLACE THAT EVENING
Ryan Sypkens garnered most of the attention when UC Davis faced Simpson, and deservedly so with his once-in-a-lifetime shooting display. In that same game:

- Corey Hawkins tied a career high by finishing with seven assists
- Georgi Funtarov set two new career bests by finishing with nine rebounds and five assists
- Avery Johnson tied a career high, for the third time, with his three steals and set a new career mark by finishing with five assists

Iggy Nujic also set a new season high in scoring with 14 points and tied another four season highs in rebounds (8), field goals (5), free throws (3) and steals (1).

LET’S GET IT STARTED
Since joining the Big West Conference in 2007, UC Davis has split its six league openers. The Aggies earned their three victories against UC Riverside (2007-08 season) and Cal State Fullerton in back-to-back years (‘09-’10 and ‘10-’11).

For the second time as a Big West member, UC Davis will start its conference schedule inside the Matadome against the Cal State Northridge Matadors. On Jan. 5, 2009, the Aggies dropped their first league game of that season, to CSUN, by an 84-81 score. 

CAN YOU KEEP UP?
UC Davis has lit up the scoreboard at a rapid pace recently as the Aggies have scored 80 or more points in four of their last six games.

THEY WALK THE LINE, AND DO IT WELL
Three Aggies are making opponents pay for their mistakes as evident by their top-10 Big West rankings (as of 1/6) at the free throw line. Led by Corey Hawkins (No. 7/.750 pct.), Brynton Lemar (No. 8/.738) and Darius Graham (No. 9/.733) are making the most of their opportunities at the stripe this season.

Only one other Big West team sports three players with top 10 field goal percentages - Cal State Northridge, the Aggies’ upcoming opponent.

WHO’S NEXT?
Currently ranked No. 17 all-time in scoring with 1,095 points, Ryan Sypkens is within striking distance of Alan Steed (1967-70) who is ranked No. 16 with 1,107 points.

CLIMBING THE LEAGUE’S THREE-POINT LADDER
By collectively hitting 15 three-point shots in last week’s games, senior Ryan Sypkens continued his ascent up the Big West career chart. Now ranked No. 6 with 269 career treys, the senior guard needs another 15 baskets from distance to jump past Utah State’s Tony Brown (1999-02) and UNLV’s Anderson Hunt (1989-91) who are tied for No. 4 with 283 three-point field goals.

SHARING MEANS CARING
Redshirt freshman guard Darius Graham and junior guard Corey Hawkins have not been shy in sharing the ball this season as the two lead the team in assists. Graham, who has 60, and Hawkins, with 39, have earned over half of their team’s assists so far this season. Until Brynton Lemar finished with a team-high four at Stanford (12/14), either Graham or Hawkins ended each of UC Davis’ first 10 games with a team-high assist total. 

DON’T BLINK
If other Big West players are not aware of junior forward Avery Johnson’s quick hands, they certainly will be after facing the Aggies. Johnson has finished with a team-high steals total in six games and is responsible for 28 percent of the steals recorded by UC Davis this season.

#AGGIEPRIDE TRAVELS TO OHIO
UC Davis NLI signee Isaiah Walton was one of five players in the running for play of the week for the week ending on Dec. 24, an accolade he captured with just over 50 percent of the votes submitted thanks to the overwhelming support of the Aggie faithful. Watch video of Elyria’s leading scorer thrown down a vicious one-handed jam on a fast break alley-oop here