Aggies Seek Season Split at Pacific

Olivier-Paul Betu and his teammates have already exceeded last season's Big West wins total.
 
Olivier-Paul Betu and his teammates have already exceeded last season's Big West wins total.
 

Feb. 1, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. -

Game 20

UC Davis Aggies (8-11, 4-4 BWC)
at 
Pacific Tigers (12-8, 6-2 BWC)

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 - 7:30 p.m. 
Alex G. Spanos Center (6,150) - Stockton, Calif.

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

Series Record: 
UC Davis trails 81-12
Last UC Davis Win: 73-64 (H) (2/14/12)
Last Pacific Win: 74-64 (H) (1/5/13)
Current Streak: Pacific +1
 

The Last Meeting
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January 5, 2013
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Hawkins and Adenrele Pace Aggies in Big West Home-Opener
For the first time since facing Eastern Washington on Dec. 17, 2012, UC Davis returned to The Pavilion to square-off against the Pacific Tigers in Saturday night's Big West Conference home-opener.

OPENING TIPS 
UC Davis will seek its fourth victory in the last five games this Saturday against the Pacific Tigers. A win at the Alex G. Spanos Center will not only help UC Davis earn a split of the season series for the second straight year, but also give the Aggies their first Division I road victory over the Tigers. Saturday’s game is also the first of three straight road games for a UC Davis team that will not compete inside The Pavilion until its game against Hawai’i on Feb. 14.


 

 

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.

FEELING GRAND
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 two more victories to accomplish this historical feat. 

THAT’S ONE WAY TO END A HALF
In its seven point victory on Jan. 26 vs. UC Riverside, UC Davis connected on its last 11 consecutive shots taken in the first half to enter the locker room with an 11-point advantage. During that 9:08 shooting streak, the Aggies took the lead for good with just under seven minutes remaining until halftime.

KEEP YOUR HEAD ON A SWIVEL
Playing all but three minutes against UC Riverside, junior guard Tyler Les ended that game with a career-high seven assists, and was responsible for more than one-third of his team’s total.

KING OF THE THREES
Junior guard Ryan Sypkens enters Saturday’s game at Pacific with 71 three-point field goals, 12 shy of tying the program record for the most threes made in a single season. The top total of 83 was set during the 2004-05 season, and is currently held by Fowzi Abdelsamad.

SCOUTING PACIFIC
In its final regular season matchup as Big West foes, UC Davis will seek its fourth win in the last five games Saturday evening at the Alex G. Spanos Center. That game will also mark the final opportunity for the Aggies to earn their first win in Stockton as a Big West Conference member.

Ranked No. 7 in scoring in the conference, the second-place Tigers have earned their spot near the top of the standings thanks to their defense. Even though Pacific only averages 68.6 ppg, it is allowing opponents to score only 64.3 ppg, one-tenth of a point shy of UC Irvine’s scoring defense entering Saturday’s round of games. 

As successful as the Tigers have been this season, not one player is found in the Big West’s individual top 10 in scoring, rebounding, field goal or three-point field goal percentages. Were it not for senior guard Lorenzo McCloud’s .761 free-throw percentage and 3.9 apg marks, high enough for a No. 10 ranking in each  category, no Tiger would grace any of the main statistical lists. Beside being the lone top-10 Tiger, McCloud is the only player who possesses a double figure scoring average (11.6 ppg) and is one of six Pacific Players averaging five or more points per appearance this season.

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, raised money to fight human trafficking through the childhood game of “Knockout” on Friday, Jan. 25. Knockout is a rapid-fire free-throwing basketball game, otherwise known as “Bump.” With each person bringing $10, organizers donated all money collected 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 according to recently released studies and reports.

SUITS AND SNEAKERS SATURDAY
The 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend was held from January 25 to January 27, with members of the UC Davis coaching staff participating last Saturday evening when the Aggies hosted 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.

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, Feb. 4, 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.

FANTASTIC FIVE
Five players scored double figures for the first time since UC Davis downed Pacific 73-64 last February in the Aggies’  22-point victory over Eastern Washington (12/17). Leading the way for the Aggies in scoring that evening were:  Tyler Les (18 pts.), Josh Ritchart (14), J.T. Adenrele (13), Paolo Mancasola and Ryan Sypkens (10).

Eleven games later against UC Riverside, the same quintet finished in double figures to lead the Aggies to another home victory. This time it was Adenrele (20) who led UC Davis’ scoring charge, followed by Sypkens (17), Ritchart (13), Les (12) and Mancasola (10).

ONWARD AND UPWARD
The 2011-12 campaign saw UC Davis defeat three Big West opponents in its 16 conference games. Before reaching the midpoint of their 2012-13 conference schedule, the Aggies have earned four victories in eight games played against their conference counterparts.

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). 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 ) 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). 

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.

THREE’S COMPANY
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 MAKES 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 Aggie to record 11 assists in a single game in the program’s history. 

DOUBLE-DIGIT DIMES
Paolo Mancasola became the first UC Davis player since Mark Payne finished with 10 assists vs. Cal State Fullerton (2/14) to post a double-digit assist total for the Aggies after ending with 11 at Hawai’i (1/19).

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 RECOGNITION EARNED BY HAWKINS
Two days after setting a new single-game school scoring record, and tying another two individual three-point shooting records at Hawai’i, 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.

HONORS CONTINUE TO HEAD HAWKINS’ WAY
ESPN is the most recent sports media outlet to recognize and reward Corey Hawkins for his performances in recent games at Cal State Northridge and Hawai’i by naming the sophomore guard its Mid-Major Player of the Week. 

As released last Thursday morning on its College Basketball Nation website, ESPN’s panel of writers and collegiate professionals highlighted Hawkins for his record-setting results against the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors on Jan. 19, and his efforts in helping UC Davis men’s basketball achieve its first win as a Division I program on Jan. 17, at Cal State Northridge.

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) and Hawai’i (1/19).  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 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).

SWEEPS WEEK
By defeating Cal State Northridge (1/17) and Hawai’i (1/19), 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 in 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).

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. 

AGGIES TRIPLE THEIR DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Scoring a program-record 40 points, and finishing with 12 rebounds at Hawai’i (1/19), Corey Hawkins was the third Aggie to end his evening with a double-double, the first of his college career. 

J.T. Adenrele was 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 during Adenrele’s tenure as an Aggie. 

Ryan Howley posted UC Davis’ first double-double (11 pts./13 reb.) of the year when he finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the team’s season opener at Oklahoma State (11/9). His second double-double was earned against Nicholls State (12/22) in the Aggies’ tournament finale at the World Vision Classic in Logan, Utah. Against the Colonels, Howley scored 10 points and recorded 13 rebounds.

YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST
UC Davis’ 74-71 victory at Cal State Northridge (1/17) was its 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), 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 10 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. 29. Ranked No. 6 with 786 points scored throughout his time at UC Davis, Sypkens sits two spots ahead of teammate Ritchart who occupies the No. 8 slot with 748 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. 29, the senior guard is ranked No. 3 in the conference with 408 career rebounds. 

FIRE AWAY!
Ryan Sypkens is ranked No. 4 in the nation with his .482 three-point percentage, and No. 6 nationally sinking an average of 3.72 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 at Pacific ranked No. 1 in the Big West with his three-point percentage and No. 11 in scoring at 14.3 ppg.

CALL HIM MR. WINDEX
Not only does Ryan Howley possess the fifth-highest rebounding average in the conference (7.7 rpg), the senior guard also leads all Big West players with 6.2 defensive rebounds per game. 

PICK YOUR POISON
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins currently possesses the top free-throw percentage in the Big West, his .920 success rate at the line is also the 5th-highest in the nation. In addition to being ranked No. 1 in the Big West/No. 19 nationwide in scoring at 19.4 ppg, Hawkins is also No. 6 in the Big West in steals (1.6 spg) and No. 9 in defensive rebounds (4.4 drpg).

EXCEPTIONALLY EFFICIENT
J.T. Adenrele is another Aggie that possesses a top-10 Big West ranking as the sophomore forward enters Saturday’s contest ranked No. 2 with his .597 field-goal percentage and  No. 4 in blocks averaging 1.5 per game.

THE PERFECT SETUP
Ranked No. 2 in assists at 4.4 per game and No. 8 with his 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all Big West players, senior guard Paolo Mancasola completes the list of Aggies who are turning in top10 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 is No. 3 in the Big West, allowing its opponents to record a .350 three-point percentage throughout the Aggies’ seven Big West games. 

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 possesses a -0.12 differential. 

BASKETBALL RETURNS TO 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.