UC Davis Faces NAU in Sunday's Home Opener

Entering this week's action, Darius Graham is tied for second in the conference with his assists per game average. (Wayne Tilcock)
 
Entering this week's action, Darius Graham is tied for second in the conference with his assists per game average. (Wayne Tilcock)
 

Game 2

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (0-2)
at
UC Davis Aggies (0-1)

Nov. 18, 2012 - 2 p.m.
The Pavilion (5,931)
Internet Stream: BigWest.TV
Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM)
Internet Audio: ucdavisaggies.com
Live Stats: ucdavisaggies.com

OPENING TIPS
UC Davis will face the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks for the second straight season in the Aggies' home opener Sunday afternoon. Victorious in its meeting last season in Flagstaff, Ariz., another UC Davis victory will even the all-time series at two apiece, give the Aggies their first win of the 2012-13 season and extend the team's win streak in home-openers to three games.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA
UC Davis trails 2-1 

A WIN-WIN SITUATION
Aggie men's basketball fans will have an opportunity to "can the Lumberjacks" in this year's home opener and receive a discounted ticket for their effort. Discounted admission tickets can be purchased simply by donating a canned or non-perishable food item prior to entering The Pavilion. All proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of Yolo County to help local families in need. Individuals who are interested in volunteering for, or donating their time and/or items to the Food Bank of Yolo County are encouraged to visit 
www.foodbankyc.org.
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 on www.ucdavisaggies.com.

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

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.

THE START OF SOMETHING GREAT
UC Davis has won 25 of its last 34 home openers, and will look to continue its winning ways against a Northern Arizona squad still searching for its first win of the season. In their five years as a Division I program, the Aggies have won four home-openers. A win over the Lumberjacks will extend UC Davis' win streak in its home-openers to three games.

A CLOSER LOOK AT NORTHERN ARIZONA
After earning wins in their two exhibition games against Haskell and Adams State, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks began their season with back-to-back road losses at Oregon and UNLV.  Sunday's game will serve as a midpoint for the Lumberjacks's road swing as the team will play two games at the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., before ending its trip in Tucson against Arizona. 

READY TO PLAY
In the Aggies' season-opener on Nov. 9, at Oklahoma State, Ryan Howley earned his first career double-double by finishing with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Howley's previous best of nine rebounds was originally set on Nov. 21, 2011 vs. Bryant.

MAKING THE MOST OF A FIRST IMPRESSION
The Aggies' season-opener against the Cowboys also marked the first appearance in a UC Davis uniform for sophomore guard Corey Hawkins.  Forced to sit out he 2012-12 season after transferring from Arizona State, Hawkins scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed three rebounds in his Aggie debut.

ALSO MAKING A POSITIVE FIRST IMPRESSION
A true freshman guard, Darius Graham also turned in a solid performance throughout his 24 minutes of action in his first game as an Aggie. Graham finished with seven points and five rebounds, and also led all Aggies with four assists.

NEW YEAR, NEW ROSTER
There are seven new additions to the men's basketball program, a group of newcomers that is comprised of three true freshmen (Darius Graham, Tyler Ott and Olivier Paul-Betu), two junior college players (Clint Bozner and Spencer Clayton) and two four-year transfers (Avery Johnson and Iggy Nujic). Due to NCAA transfer rules, Johnson and Nujic will not compete for the Aggies this season.

WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART
For two Aggies, the start of the 2012-13 season could not arrive fast enough as Corey Hawkins and  Justin Dueck will now have the opportunity to take the floor for head coach Jim Les. A transfer who arrived to UC Davis last year, Hawkins was unable to compete due to NCAA rules and regulations, Dueck was a redshirt during his first year on campus. 
NBA PEDIGREES
UC Davis features two players whose fathers have played in the NBA. Tyler Les is the son of head coach Jim Les who spent seven seasons in the NBA, including four with the Sacramento Kings; Corey Hawkins is the son of former NBA sharpshooter Hersey Hawkins who is currently an executive with the Portland Trail Blazers.

A NEW TWIST ON A UNIQUE SITUATION
The 2012-13 season is the second opportunity for Tyler Les to compete for his dad, Jim.  Unlike most father-son coach-player duos, it was T. Les that was the first to arrive to UC Davis. The junior guard first competed as a Aggie during  the 2010-11 season, J. Les joined the team's coaching staff the following season.

POSSIBLE FIRST FOR THE PAVILION
The UC Davis-Long Beach State matchup scheduled to take place on Mar. 7, 2013 is a wildcard game for ESPN2.  If selected by the network, it will be the first nationally-televised Aggie basketball game from The Pavilion.

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 replacing Gus Argenal who is now at Rice. 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.

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.

DANGEROUS FROM DOWNTOWN
UC Davis junior Tyler Les, who canned 82 three-pointers last season including a school-record tying eight against San Jose State, was selected as No. 35 on CBSSports.com's preseason list of the top 50 shooters in NCAA Division I. Les, a 6-foot-2 guard from Peoria, Ill., ranked 27th among the nation's shooters in three-point percentage last season, making 41 percent of his 200 attempts. He was also ranked 45th in treys per game, averaging 2.7. Les was just one shy of the single-season Aggie record.

RITCHART RECOGNIZED FOR HIS RANGE
Josh Ritchart, one of the top three-point shooters in the Big West Conference who made at least five treys in a game five times last season, has been named to the 2012-13 Madness Big West Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference second team by College Sports Madness. Ritchart led the team in scoring 10 times and either led or shared rebounding honors in 10 games. He averaged 5.1 rpg, double his average from 2010-11 when he was named the Big West Co-Freshman of the Year and was a Freshman Mid-Major All-American by CollegeInsider.com.

DISSECTING UC DAVIS' ROSTER
In addition to the seven 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 and Josh Ritchart. Led by seniors Howley and Mancasola, this year's roster features five upperclassmen.

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.

CAUSEWAY CLASSIC RETURNS TO THE COURT 
UC Davis will take the court for the second time in three days when the Aggies face the Sacramento State Hornets in this year's Causeway Classic. Taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 20, the Aggies will visit The Nest in search of their second win over the host Hornets in the last three seasons. Tuesday's tip  is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. That game is the first of three consecutive road games that await UC Davis as the Aggies will travel to Reno, Nev. (Nov. 28), and Moscow, Idaho (Dec. 1) to face the Idaho Vandals and Nevada Wolfpack.