Causeway Cup Continues With Aggies at Hornets

Nov. 22, 2010

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UC Davis (1-4, 0-0)
Sacramento State (1-2, 0-0)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
7:05 p.m. (PST) - Sacramento, Calif.
Hornets Nest (1,200)
KFSG (1690 AM)

- UC Davis took their first loss at home, falling 67-47 vs. the Boise State Broncos on Sunday.
- The Aggies committed 23 turnovers and the Broncos outscored UC Davis 42-21 in the second half.
- The game served as a rematch from last year’s ESPNU Bracketbuster game, in which UC Davis won on the road, 82-74.
- UC Davis has used the same starting lineup in all five games this season.
- Joe Harden recorded a team best 15 points and 8 rebounds vs. the Broncos and now needs just 22 points to reach 1000 career points.   
- Sacramento State comes into the game with a 1-2 record, after a recent 64-60 loss vs. North Dakota.  
- The Hornets’ coach, Brian Katz, is in his third year at Sacramento State.
- Sultan Toles-Bey has filled up the stat sheet for the Hornets in their first three games, tallying 18.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting  52 percent from the field, 50 percent from behind the arc and 93 percent at the line.
- Sacramento State’s lone win came against Bethany University, a NAIA Division II member.  
- With UC Davis’ lone win coming against a NCAA Division III member in UC Santa Cruz, Tuesday’s game will give the winner their first win vs. a NCAA Division I member in the 2010-11 season.

ALL-TIME SERIES                
Tuesday’s game will mark the 109th time UC Davis and Sacramento State have met, with the Hornets holding a 63-45 advantage in the all-time series.  UC Davis dropped a 59-57 contest at home last season vs. Sacramento State. Mark Payne led the way for the Aggies in the loss, with game high 21 points.

HEAD COACHES               
Gary Stewart is in his 18th year as a head coach and his 8th season with the Aggies.  He currently owns a 221-251 overall record and a 79-132 mark on the sidelines with UC Davis.  Stewart was with the Aggies during all four years of the transition to Division I and is set to lead the program into their fourth year as a D1 member.

Brian Katz holds a 12-50 overall record in his third year with the Hornets and his third overall year as a head coach. Prior to Sacramento State, Katz spent 19 years as a junior college head coach, compiling a 435-185 record (.702 winning percentage) while leading his teams to the playoffs 18 times, including three Sweet 16 appearances, three Elite 8 appearances and one trip to the Final Four.

The Hornets come into Tuesday’s contest with a 1-2 overall record after a win vs. Bethany University and losses to CSU Bakersfield and North Dakota.  Despite the 1-2 record, the two losses on the young season have been by a combined six points.  In the most recent game on the road at North Dakota, Sultan Toles-Bey had 19 pints on 6 of 10 shooting, but couldn’t help the Hornets to a win.   

Tuesday’s contest will air on KFSG (1690 AM) with Scott Marsh on the call. The broadcast will be simulcast on through Game Central by Stretch Internet.  The game will also be streamed live and available to watch on on Big Sky TV for free.  Live stat are available via, with a tip time set for 7:05 p.m. PT.

The Aggies took their first home loss of the season vs. the Boise State Broncos after a 67-47 score.  After leading at the break, UC Davis let the game get away from them midway through the second half, when Boise State surged for a 19-2 run to take control for good.  Boise State outscored the Aggies 43-21 in the second half, after UC Davis held a 26-24 advantage at the intermission.  La’Shard Anderson led all players with 18 points, including 16 second half points.  For the Aggies, Joe Harden had a team best 15 points, to go along with 8 rebounds.

CAUSEWAY CUP CONTINUES                               
UC Davis jumped ahead in the Causeway Cup standings after a dramatic 17-16 win in the Causeway Classic on Saturday. The Causeway Cup awards points to either UC Davis or Sacramento State. Each of the schools’ 18 common teams usually compete against each other at least once during the year. The winner is given the pre-determined amount of points of either five or 10. If the two schools meet just once in a season, then all the points will go to the winning team. But if the teams play each other two times or more, the points are divided by how many meetings occur. A win in men’s basketball action would give the Aggies a commanding 37.5 - 15.0 lead in the 2010-11 Causeway Cup standings.  The winner of the cup must score more than 50 points out of a possible 100.  Last year, UC Davis took a 55.83 - 44.17 victory over Sacramento State.

CHECK THAT...                                   
After checking the stats from previous games, an interesting correction has been made to the first game of the season vs. Florida Atlantic. In that game, Mark Payne was originally credited with 13 free throws on 13 attempts.  After the error was revealed, Payne was 14 of 14 at the line vs. FAU.  Not only did the correction give Payne a 20-10 game, but the 14 free throws made ties a career high for the senior guard.

AGGIES INK JT ADENRELE                               
The UC Davis men’s basketball team announced Wednesday, Nov. 17 that JT Adenrele from Oakmont High School in Roseville, has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Aggies next fall. Adenrele, a 6-foot-6 220-pound forward, helped lead Oakmont to an impressive 25-8 overall record during the 2009-10 season.  They also finished second place in their division with a 9-3 record and advanced to the section semifinals under head coach Rick Campbell. Adenrele averaged 11.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game at Oakmont as a junior.  For his play in the 2009-10 season, he was awarded SFL League Honorable Mention.  Adenrele also played AAU during the off season from spring through summer, under coach Ernest Taubodo with the E-Times Hoops Academy.

DOUBLE TROUBLE                                   
Joe Harden and Mark Payne have both put together double-doubles this season, with Harden posting two consecutive in the most recent games.  Throughout the season, all double-doubles by the Aggies will be monitored on a game-by-game basis.  

Joe Harden    Mark Payne
UC Santa Cruz 11-17 - 16 pts./11 rebs.    Florida Atlantic 11-12 - 20 pts./11 rebs.
Wisc.-Milwaukee 11-14 - 21 pts./11 rebs.

1000 POINT WATCH                                   
Seniors Joe Harden and Mark Payne entered the season just shy of the 1000-point plateau, with each player starting the year with over 900 points.  Payne reached the career milestone on Nov. 14 vs. Wisc.-Milwaukee, scoring 17 points in the game and becoming the 17th member of the UC Davis 1000-point club.  Harden should join Payne soon, with just 22 points needed to reach 1000.  The progress of Harden and the overall career standing of Payne will be monitored on a game-by-game basis.

Mark Payne -1034 career points - Ranks 17th overall in UC Davis career scoring
Joe Harden - 978 career points

NO PAYNE NO GAIN                                   
Despite missing eight games due to injury last season, senior guard Mark Payne was the Big West active career leader in three separate categories entering the 2010-11 season, including points (964), assists (352) and steals (149).  

In the UC Davis record books, Payne is also in the top ten in career assists and steals and climbing the leader board.  His progress will be monitored on a game-by-game basis.

CAREER ASSISTS                                  CAREER STEALS
1. Angelo Rivers, 1982-86        467        1. Dante Ross, 1996-99            186
2. Dante Ross, 1996-99            380       2. Angelo Rivers, 1983-86            180
3. Mark Payne, 2007-Present        364    3. Chris Familetti, 1988-89, ‘90-92        172
                                                           4. Mark Payne, 2007-Present        151

WINNING BREEDS WINNING                               
There has been a common theme for the UC Davis men’s basketball team over the past three years: consistent improvement.  

2007-08 season: nine wins, two conference wins.  2008-09 season:  13 wins, seven conference wins.  2009-10 season:  14 wins, eight conference wins.

Coach Stewart is hoping that the Aggies will look to improve on that mark again this season.  

“The theme is return and advance,” said Stewart.  “We want to get to the upper echelon of the conference, return to the conference tournament and advance farther than we did last year.  The charge again is to continue to move the program forward, trying to build on some of the successes that we had last year.  We feel like if we can remain healthy, we have a golden opportunity to do that.”

COACH Gary Stewart ON TWITTER       
This season we will keep up with head coach Gary Stewart on Twitter, “retweeting” his latest tweets, starting with the most recent ones.  

“I am fired up! Go Ags!”
15 Oct

“First day of “official” basketball practice! We are two hours away from taking the floor.........”
15 Oct

“Coach Gross is an incredible teacher/coach. Without question, she will continue the long line of outstanding wbb coaches to lead the Ags!”
8 Oct

“and.......Congratulations to Jennifer Gross, who was named the Head Women’s Basketball Coach for the 2011-12 season and beyond!”
8 Oct

“I am looking forward to seeing him coach one last season at the helm of the Ags!”
8 Oct

“On behalf of the entire men’s basketball program at UC Davis, we wish him a retirement filled with joy and great health.”
8 Oct

“UC Davis Women’s Basketball Coach, Sandy Simpson, announces his retirement. Simple put, he is an outstanding coach and a wonderful person.”
8 Oct

“First day of school, 2010-11. Go Ags!”
23 Sep

Cal and perennial national power UCLA highlight a schedule that features three non-conference teams that reached the 20-win plateau. Pac-10 regular-season champion Cal, which beat Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual national champion Duke in the second, finished 24-11. The Bears will host the Aggies on Dec. 1 at Haas Pavilion as the teams meet for the first time since the 1986-87 season. The Aggies and Bruins will play on Dec. 13 at legendary Pauley Pavilion, facing each other for the second time in the past four seasons. Cal joins Wisc.-Milwaukee (20-14) and Portland (21-11) as 20-game winners on the Aggies’ non-conference schedule.

TELEVISED GAMES                                   
UC Davis has a guarantee of three televised games this season, with the possibility of more to come.  Currently, the Aggies will make appearances in games vs. UCLA, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara.  In the Dec. 13 matchup with the Bruins, the game will be televised on Prime Ticket.  ESPNU will cover the Long Beach State game on Jan. 12, while the Feb. 2 tilt with UC Santa Barbara will also be on Prime Ticket.  

HARDEN’S PRESEASON PLAUDIT                           
Senior guard Joe Harden was named to the Big West Preseason All-Conference Team, voted on by a panel of media members.  Harden has been selected to the Big West All-Conference Second Team the past two seasons.  Last season, he was also named to the 2010 Big West All Tournament Team and he was named the 2009-10 Best Hustle Player in the Big West.  Entering the 2010-11 season, Harden was third in active career leaders in points (908) and rebounds (445).