Jan. 23, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -
Cal State Fullerton Titans (10-8, 3-3 BWC)
UC Davis Aggies (7-10, 3-3 BWC)
Jan. 24, 2013 - 7 p.m.
The Pavilion (7,100) - Davis, Calif.
Series Record: UC Davis trails 11-7
Last UC Davis Win: 78-75 (H) (2/25/12)
Last Cal State Fullerton Win: 65-64 (A) (12/29/11)
Current Streak: UC Davis +1
UC Riverside Highlanders (5-13, 2-4 BWC)
UC Davis Aggies
Jan. 26, 2013 - 7 p.m.
The Pavilion (7,100) - Davis, Calif.
Series Record: UC Davis trails 29-26
Last UC Davis Win: 82-52 (H) (1/27/11)
Last UC Riverside Win: 59-54 (A) (2/4/12)
Current Streak: UC Riverside +3
Entering Thursday's Big West contest with wins in its last two games played, UC Davis has a chance to earn its first three-game win streak since the 2009-10 season (12/30/09-1/04/10), and its first Big West win streak since the 2008-09 campaign (1/15/09-1/22/09) against Cal State Fullerton in the first of two home games scheduled this week. Including their three-point home victory last season (2/25/12), the Aggies have defeated the Titans in six of the last nine head-to-head meetings.
The Aggies will look to snap its three-game skid against UC Riverside when the Highlanders visit The Pavilion Saturday night. Riverside will face the Pacific Tigers on Thursday before making the drive to Davis, three home games await the Highlanders once they complete their road swing through Northern California.
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 (@scottmarsh1140) will call the play-by-play with Bill Herenda (@billherenda) 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, 2012. 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 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 ucdavisaggies.com, in person at the UC Davis Ticket Office, or by calling the ticket office at (530) 752 AGS1.
MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE
Media, UC Davis basketball fans and anyone else that is interested in learning more about the team can download the 2012-13 media guide in PDF format at the men's basketball homepage on ucdavisaggies.com. A link to download the basic Adobe Acrobat Reader for free, if needed, is also available.
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 three more victories to accomplish this historical feat.
FROM YALE BLUE AND GOLD TO BLACK
Thursday's basketball game against Cal State Fullerton is UC Davis' annual Black Out Night, a game where Aggie basketball fans are encouraged to wear black to the game. The first arriving students will receive a commemorative black UC Davis Basketball shirt compliments of Sequoia Equities.
BIG WEST TOUR VISITS UC DAVIS ON BLACK OUT NIGHT
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. 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, including 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.
UC DAVIS MEN'S BASKETBALL HELPS "KNOCKOUT" SLAVERY
The UC Davis men's basketball team, in addition to several campus ministries and hundreds of students and community members, aim to break a world record and raise money to fight human trafficking through the childhood game of "Knockout" 6 p.m. this Friday at The Pavilion.
Knockout is a rapid-fire, free-throwing basketball game, otherwise known as "Bump." The world record for the largest game of knockout is 571 people, and the goal is to break that record, with more than 600 students and community members participating in Davis. With each person bringing $10, organizers hope to donate more than $6,000 to the International Justice Mission, which investigates human trafficking. IJM conducts raids to free slaves, rehabilitates victims and corrects local justice systems to prevent recurrence of the problem.
There are more than 27 million slaves in the world, mostly women and children, a news release said.
To join the men's basketball team in supporting this worthy cause, individuals can sign-up through the event's Facebook page or by visiting:
SUITS AND SNEAKERS SATURDAY
The 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend will be held January 25 to January 27, with members of the UC Davis coaching staff participating Saturday evening when the Aggies host UC Riverside. Suits and Sneakers is a national Coaches vs. Cancer event that is designed to raise awareness about the fight against cancer and the American Cancer Society by encouraging member coaches and their coaching staffs to wear sneakers with their suits at games held that weekend to show support for the Coaches vs. Cancer program. By wearing sneakers, participating coaches help raise awareness about cancer and the importance that nutrition and physical activity play in reducing one's risk of the disease. Additionally, this weekend helps promote the American Cancer Society as a place for people facing cancer to turn for free information, day-to-day help, and emotional support.
SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON
Two teams sharing identical 3-3 Big West records will face one another Thursday night when Cal State Fullerton visits The Pavilion for a 7 p.m. showdown. As successful as last week was for UC Davis, Fullerton's fortunes last week were anything but as the Titans fell to UC Irvine last week by 27, and capped their week of conference action with a 10-point loss to Long Beach State. Both of those games took place inside Titan Gym, Starting with Thursday's game in Davis, five of the Titans' next seven games will take place on the road.
After being held to under their season scoring average for the fourth-straight contest, the Titans fell to No. 4 in the nation in scoring at 82.2 points per game. However, Fullerton remains as one of only seven teams in the country that are averaging 80 or more points per games. Other teams averaging 80-plus include: Northwestern State (85.0 ppg), Indiana (84.4 ppg), and Mississippi (82.4 ppg), with Iona (81.5 ppg), Iowa State (80.5), and the Virginia Military Institute (80.2 ppg).
SCOUTING UC RIVERSIDE
In its last three Big West games prior to its Northern California road swing at Cal State Fullerton, against Long Beach State and UC Irvine, UC Riverside has collectively made more than half of their shots taken against those three teams (81-for-158, .513 pct.) and more than a third of their threes (21-for-55, .382 pct.). In each of those contests, the Highlanders scored 60 or more points, a feat that was only accomplished in seven of their first 13 games.
Before Riverside makes its appearance at The Pavilion this Saturday, the team will compete against the Pacific Tigers in a Big West game for the final time in Stockton as Pacific will leave the Big West and join the West Coast Conference this summer. Last season was the first occasion in the Highlanders' history that wins were earned on the road at both Pacific and UC Davis.
FEELING FABULOUS AT 40
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins became the first Aggie in recorded history to score 40 points in one game when UC Davis faced Hawai'i (1/19/13). His total is a new UC Davis single-game scoring record, breaking a 34-year old individual scoring record held by Mike Lien when he recorded 39 against Cal State Stanislaus at The Pavilion on Feb. 17, 1979.
A 13-FOOT, NINE INCH PUNCH TO THE GUT
Throughout the final 1:53 seconds of the Aggies' game against the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors, Corey Hawkins sank all 12 of his shots from the line to finish with a perfect 1.000 free-throw percentage for the eighth time this season. It was the second time this season Hawkins finished 12-for-12 from the stripe this season as he also recorded numbers against Southern Illinois (12/20/12)at the first game of the World Vision Challenge in Logan, Utah.
Hawkins' shooting performance against the Rainbow Warriors was the seventh occasion in the program's history that an Aggie finished with a perfect free-throw percentage (min. 10 attempts).
The distance from the free-throw line to the middle of the basket is it is 13 feet, nine inches
AGGIES TIE AND SET TEAM THREE-POINT RECORD
At Hawai'i, UC Davis finished with 16 three-point field goals to tie a single-game program record set in a double-overtime game at UC San Diego on Jan. 25, 2003.
However, UC Davis' 16 threes are a new single-game, regulation record, a one-basket improvement over the 15 threes recorded at home against Notre Dame De Namur on Dec. 4, 2010.
MAKING HISTORY IN HAWAI'I
UC Davis tied two Hawai'i single-game opponent records by finishing with 16 three-point field goals, tying a mark set earlier this season when Chaminade visited the Stan Sheriff Center. Corey Hawkins also tied the Rainbow Warriors single-game individual opponent three-point record with his eight baskets, tying Steffan Johnson's (Idaho) record set on Mar. 6, 2010.
By making eight threes against the Rainbow Warriors, seven of which were earned in the first half, Corey Hawkins became the third member of the Aggies' current roster to tie a single-game, UC Davis individual record with eight three-point field goals. Last November, at Nevada (11/28/12), junior guard Ryan Sypkens set a new career high, and tied the program's record with his eight threes. Last season at San Jose State (12/20/11) junior guard Tyler Les made all but one of his nine three-point attempts to tie the Aggies' all-time individual record.
MANCASOLA MADE IT HAPPEN IN HAWAI'I
Senior guard Paolo Mancasola earned 11 assists against the Rainbow Warriors to set a new career-high and a spot on UC Davis' all-time top-10 list. Finishing two shy of tying an Aggie single-game program record, Mancasola is now the fourth player to record 11 assists in a game. Other Aggies sharing a similar assist total are Marcus Knott, Danny Yoshikawa and Glendell King.
Paolo Mancasola became the first UC Davis player since Mark Payne finished with 10 assists vs. Cal State Fullerton (2/14/09) to post a double-digit assist total for the Aggies after ending with 11 at Hawai'i (1/19/13).
HAWKINS NAMED BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins broke a 34-year old UC Davis single-game scoring record, tied another two individual records and helped the Aggies sweep their conference road games last week to earn Big West Men's Basketball Player of the Week accolades as announced on Monday, Jan. 21. For the week, Hawkins averaged 28.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals. He shot 15 of 26 (57.7 pct.) from the field, 9 of 12 (75 pct.) from three and was 18 of 19 (94.7 pct.) from the line.
The 6-3 guard erupted for 40 points in a 93-82 road victory at Hawai'i last Saturday to help UC Davis hand the Rainbow Warriors their first home Big West loss of the season. A businesslike 10 of 14 from the floor, Hawkins also tied a program record with eight field goals out of his nine attempts from three, equaling the efforts of teammates Ryan Sypkens at Nevada last November, and Tyler Les at San Jose State last season.
Hawkins also aided the Aggies in a 74-71 victory at Cal State Northridge last Thursday with 17 points, three rebounds, five assists and four steals. He made all but one of his seven free throw attempts to help UC Davis defeat CSUN at The Matadome for the first time since Nov. 22, 1986, when both programs competed at the Division II level as members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Junior forward/guard Josh Ritchart was the last Aggie to earn Player of the Week accolades when he was recognized on Feb. 27, 2012, for posting a double-double against Seattle and scoring 20 points in an upset victory over Cal State Fullerton the following game.
NATIONAL ACCOLADES EARNED BY HAWKINS
Two days after setting a new single-game school scoring record, and tying another two individual three-point shooting records, College Sports Madness named sophomore guard Corey Hawkins its National Mid-Major Player of the Week.
Even though College Sports Madness highlights a performance from a Big West player in its weekly report, Hawkins is the first to receive national recognition over players from 17 other mid-major conferences.
COLLEGE INSIDER RECOGNIZES HAWKINS
Corey Hawkins received additional acclaim for his efforts in last week's Big West games from College Insider as its Lou Henson National Player of the Week. Hawkins is the second Big West Conference player this season to receive the Lou Henson Award, presented weekly to the top mid-major player in Division I college basketball.
The award is the third received by the sophomore guard after helping his team earn back-to-back road victories at Cal State Northridge (1/17/13) and Hawai'i (1/19/13) as he also garnered Big West Conference and College Sports Madness national Mid-Major Player of the Week honors.
The award is named in honor of Lou Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005, Henson was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779, and still remains the most successful men's basketball coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. Henson is also one of only 12 head coaches in the history of the game to reach the Final Four with two different teams.
HAWKINS EARNS SECOND-PLACE SPOT AT THE STAN SHERIFF CENTER
Corey Hawkins' 40 points is the second-highest point total recorded by a Hawai'i opponent in the 17-year history of the Stan Sheriff Center. Cal State Fullerton's Josh Akognon holds the all-time Hawai'i opponent record with his 41 points scored against the Rainbow Warriors on Nov. 16, 2008.
THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME
The 40 points scored by Corey Hawkins, at Hawai'i, is the most by a Big West player since Cal State Fullerton's Josh Akognon scored 41 vs. CSU Bakersfield (12/13/08).
By defeating Cal State Northridge (1/17/13) and Hawai'i (1/19/13), UC Davis won two straight road wins for the first time since joining the Big West Conference.
Those victories were the first back-to-back triumphs for the Aggies since last season when UC Davis defeated Pacific (2/14/12) before recording its next win Flagstaff, Ariz., four days later against Northern Arizona.
It has been nearly two years since the Aggies earned consecutive victories against Big West opponents; on Jan. 27, 2011, Aggie fans witnessed a 30-point victory over UC Riverside inside The Pavilion before being treated to a one-point, double-overtime victory over UC Irvine that weekend (1/29/11).
RELIVING THE 90's
Against Hawai'i, UC Davis scored 93 points to defeat the Rainbow Warriors by 11. January 29, 2011 was the last time the Aggies scored 90 or more points as the team scored 108 in its one-point double-overtime win against UC Irvine.
YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST
UC Davis' 74-71 victory at Cal State Northridge was the Aggies first road win over the Matadors as a Division I program. The last time UC Davis earned a victory inside The Matadome, both teams competed at the Division II level as members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Prior to its win on Jan. 17, the Aggies last left the Valley victorious on Nov. 22, 1986.
OH, WHAT A NIGHT!
Led by senior guard Paolo Mancasola who finished with a team-high 18 points and six assists, UC Davis snapped its eight-game losing streak in games played inside The Matadome. In addition to scoring 18 points on six field goals, both career highs, Mancasola matched three career marks by finishing with three rebounds, two three-point field goals and four made free throws. His final three-point basket was scored with 28 seconds left in the game, a shot that extended the Aggies' lead to five at that time, a basket that ultimately represented UC Davis' margin of victory.
HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Last season, head coach Jim Les' first at the helm of the men's basketball program, the Aggies won five of their 31 games played. This year, UC Davis earned its fifth victory 14 games into the season, and could have done so even sooner if the Aggies were not on the wrong side of an overtime decision at UC Irvine, or suffered a heartbreaking last-second loss at Nevada. With its three-point victory at Cal State Northridge (1/17/13), UC Davis surpassed its win total from last season.
RITCHART REACHES REBOUND MILESTONE
In addition to finishing with a season-high eight rebounds, junior swingman Josh Ritchart recorded his 300th career rebound in the Aggies three-point road win at Cal State Northridge.
NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T
Led by sophomore guard Corey Hawkins and his season-high four, UC Davis recorded eight steals at Cal State Northridge, narrowly missing its season high of nine earned at Idaho last December. In addition to Hawkins, sophomore forward J.T. Adenrele, senior guard Ryan Howley, junior guard Tyler Les and junior swingman Josh Ritchart all finished with one steal.
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 as of Jan. 22. Ranked No. 6 with 751 points scored throughout his time at UC Davis, Sypkens sits two spots ahead of teammate Ritchart who occupies the No. 8 slot with 724 points.
HE'S ALSO ON THE LIST
Ryan Howley is another Aggie whose occupies a spot on one of the Big West's all-time active leaders list. As of Jan. 22, the senior guard is ranked No. 3 in the conference with 401 career rebounds.
Senior guard Ryan Howley set two new tournament records at the World Vision Challenge in Logan, Utah. Just two days after setting a single-game rebounding record with 15 boards earned against Southern Illinois (12/20/12), Howley finished with 12 rebounds at Utah State (12/21/12) and added another 11 the following day against Nicholls State (12/22/12) to finish with a total of 38 rebounds - shattering the tournament's previous mark of 33.
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).
HOME SWEET HOME
UC Davis ended its season-long three-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 12, against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. The Aggies' third home game within an eight-day timespan, UC Davis collectively competed in as many home games throughout the months of November and December. Of the 30 games on the Aggies' schedule this season, 13 will take place inside The Pavilion.
AGGIES STUN CAL POLY, SET SEASON HIGH
On Jan. 10, versus Cal Poly, the Aggies erased a 16-point deficit and ended their evening on sophomore guard Corey Hawkins' buzzer-beating, game-winning shot to hand the first-place Mustangs their first Big West loss of the season. In that game, UC Davis shot 26-for-43 from the field to set a new season-high with its .605 field goal percentage. Ironically, UC Davis' 43 field goal attempts are fewest recorded by the Aggies in a single game this year.
Ryan Sypkens is ranked No. 6 in the nation (through games of Jan. 20) with his .480 three-point percentage, and No. 8 with 3.59 three-point field goals made per game - a mark that also doubles as the Big West's top figure. Sypkens also enters UC Davis' game against Cal State Fullerton ranked No. 2 in the Big West with his three-point percentage and No. 13 in scoring at 13.9 ppg.
CALL HIM MR. WINDEX
Not only does Ryan Howley possess the third-highest rebounding average in the conference (8.2 rpg), the senior guard also leads all Big West players with 6.6 defensive rebounds per game. Howley's 8.4 total rpg average is also the 91st-highest in the nation.
PICK YOUR POISON
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins currently possesses the top free-throw percentage in the Big West, his .916 success rate at the line is also the 7th-highest in the nation. In addition to being ranked No. 1 in the Big West/No. 23 nationwide in scoring at 19.2 ppg, Hawkins is also No. 7 in the Big West in steals (1.5 spg) and No. 9 in defensive rebounds (4.3 drpg).
J.T. Adenrele is another Aggie that possesses a top-10 Big West ranking as the sophomore forward enters Thursday's contest ranked No. 2 with his .580 field-goal percentage, No. 4 in blocks averaging 1.4 per game and No. 14 in rebounding at 5.6 rpg.
RETURN TO THE RANKED
Tyler Les returns to the Big West's top-10 list after a one week hiatus as the junior guard is now No. 10 with his .389 three-point field goal percentage.
THE PERFECT SETUP
Ranked No. 4 in assists at 4.2 per game, and No. 9 with his 1.8 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.
YOU WANT THREE, YOU GET ZERO
Since conference competition began last December, the Aggies have locked-down their opponents from behind the arc. UC Davis leads all Big West teams by allowing its opponents to record a .307 three-point percentage throughout the Aggies' six Big West games, 24 percentage points ahead of second-ranked UC Riverside.
NEW YEAR, NEW RESULT
Ending the 2011-12 season ranked last in the conference with its -5.7 rebounding margin, UC Davis has improved its performance underneath the basket throughout the 2012-13 season and is currently ranked No. 7 with a +0.2 differential.