Nov. 27, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. -
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UC Davis will continue its three-game road trip Wednesday evening inside the Lawlor Events Center when the Aggies face the Nevada Wolf Pack. Nearly seven years have passed since these two teams last faced one another; coming off an impressive 11-point victory in the Causeway Classic last Tuesday, UC Davis will look to capture consecutive victories before ending its trip at Idaho on Saturday.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. NEVADA
UC Davis trails 28-74
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. IDAHO
UC Davis trails 0-2
‘TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE
All fans who attend the Aggies’ next home game against San Jose State on Wednesday, Dec. 5, will have an opportunity to donate a new or unused toy as part of the men’s basketball holiday gift drive. Toys for Tots will receive all items donated that evening. Visit www.toysfortots.com to learn more about the various ways individuals can support this organization throughout the year.
TRULY A TEAM EFFORT
Aggie men’s basketball would like to thank all fans who participated in the team’s food drive during its home opener versus Northern Arizona on Nov. 18. Due to the generosity of its supporters, 315 pounds of food was 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 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.
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.
A CLOSER LOOK AT NEVADA
The Nevada Wolf Pack will open its brief two-game homestand against UC Davis Wednesday evening, and face Drake two days later before returning to the road. Dropping its season opener by 14 points at UC Irvine, the Wolf Pack won their next three straight in its own tournament, the World Vision Classic, before falling at Marshall last Saturday. Junior guard Deonte Burton and senior guard Malik Story lead the team in scoring at 17.6 ppg and 16.2 ppg respectively, with freshman forward Cole Huff leading the Wolf Pack in rebounding with his 6.6 rpg average.
A CLOSER LOOK AT IDAHO
The Idaho Vandals will compete in its fourth home game of the season when UC Davis visits the Cowan Spectrum this Saturday. As is the case with the Aggies, Idaho also has its first game of the week scheduled on Wednesday evening, a game that will force the Vandals to travel all of nine miles to Pullman, Wash., to compete in the battle of the Palouse against Washington State. Senior center Kyle Barone is shooting .636 from the field and has made at least 50 percent of his shots in each one of Idaho's four games played this season.
BRYNTON LEMAR INKS NLI WITH AGGIES
Brynton Lemar, a 6-foot-3 guard from St. Augustine High School in San Diego has signed a national letter of intent to join the UC Davis men’s basketball program. Throughout his three years at St. Augustine under the tutelage of head coach Mike Haupt, he has led his team to victories in more than two-thirds of its games played. With Lemar in the lineup, the Saints have compiled a 59-30 overall record.
Lemar averaged 25.0 points per game throughout the 2011-12 season for a St. Augustine squad that finished with a 23-7 overall record and advanced to its California Interscholastic Federation section quarterfinals for the third consecutive season. Shortly after his junior campaign concluded, Lemar was the only member of his team to earn a coveted spot on the All-Western League’s first team.
During his sophomore season, the combo guard averaged 22.0 ppg and helped his team advance to the quarterfinals after posting a 23-7 mark. He averaged 15.0 ppg throughout the 2009-10 season, his first as a member of the Saints’ boys basketball program.
UC DAVIS VS. THE NATION
Entering its third week of action, UC Davis finds itself amongst the nation’s top-30 men’s basketball programs in two statistical categories. As of last Monday, the Aggies’ are 21st in the country with their 10.3 rebound margin, and 28th with their 8.7 3-pt. field goals made per game average.
ALL EYES ARE ON HIM
The Big West Conference’s most successful three-point shooter this season, Ryan Sypkens’ 4.33 3-pt. field goals made per game average is the highest in the nation. The junior guard’s .591 3-pt. percentage is also the sixth-highest figure amongst all players nationwide.
CALL HIM MR. WINDEX
The second of three Aggies to earn a top-10 statistical spot, senior guard Ryan Howley is third in the nation with his 12.3 rpg average.
POSTING PROLIFIC PERCENTAGE AND POINT TOTALS
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins competes the trio of Aggies who are nationally-ranked this week. Hawkins possesses the sixth-highest scoring average at 24.0 ppg and is shooting .952 from the line, the 15th-highest free throw percentage in the country.
AGGIES CAPTURE CAUSEWAY CLASSIC
In front of a standing-room only crowd at The Nest last Tuesday, UC Davis scored 63 points in the second half to defeat Sacramento State 87-76 in the 111th Causeway Classic. The Aggies connected on 22 of 34 shots (64.7 percent) throughout the final 20 minutes of action, and built a lead as large as 14 before ending on its final 11-point margin.
Down by seven when play resumed after the break, UC Davis scored 14 unanswered points within a 3:57 timespan to take a 50-38 lead midway though the final half - an advantage that UC Davis (1-2) possessed for the rest of the game. As a team, the Aggies were a perfect 13-for-13 from the line and won the battle of the boards from start-to-finish, outrebounding the Hornets by a final margin of 45-31.
A PERFECT PERFORMANCE
In its Causeway Classic matchup, UC Davis made all 13 of its attempts from the free throw line en route to an 11-point victory over the host Sacramento State Hornets. This was the first time that the Aggies shot a perfect 100 percent from the charity stripe since its 16-16 performance at UC Irvine on Mar. 16, 2008.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS
Recording double-digit rebound totals in two out of the three games played - he fell one rebound shy of making it a perfect three-for-three - senior guard Ryan Howley is dominating the glass for UC Davis this season. The team’s leading rebounder in every game played so far this season, Howley’s 12.3 rpg and 9.00 defensive rpg averages are the best in the Big West. Howley is also the only player in the conference to average double-digit rebounds this season and is pulling almost four full boards per game more than the conferences’ second-ranked player.
Opposing players will need to respect the long-range shooting prowess of Ryan Sypkens as the junior guard leads all Big West players with his .591 3-pt. shooting percentage and average of 4.33 3-pt. field goals made per game.
After his first three games as an Aggie, Corey Hawkins is quick building an argument as one of the Big West’s best players as the sophomore guard leads all players with his 24.0 ppg average. He is also second in the conference with a .952 free throw percentage and ranked third averaging 1.67 spg.
THEY COULDN’T STOP HIM OR CONTAIN HIM
Corey Hawkins connected on half of his 20 shots, and made all but one of his nine free throws against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks to lead all players with 30 points. In only his second game as an Aggie, the sophomore guard became the first player since Eddie Miller posted 35 points at UC Riverside (Feb. 26, 2011) to score 30 or more in a game.
SYPKENS SETS CAREER HIGH
On his 9-for-13 shooting performance, including seven baskets made from three, Ryan Sypkens set two new career high in the Aggies’ home opener against Northern Arizona on Nov. 18. Sypkens scored 25 points against the Lumberjacks, beating his previous best of 22 last set against Cal State Fullerton on Mar. 5, 2011. It was fitting that the basket that broke his previous career high was a three, one of seven made that afternoon from distance to set another new career mark. Sypkens’ previous high last took place on Nov. 13, 2011, at San Diego State, when the junior guard made five baskets from behind the arc.
DROPPING DIMES ALL OVER THE COURT
Ryan Sypkens was not the only player to set a new career-high against the Lumberjacks as Paolo Mancasola ended his day with seven assists, one more than his previous mark also set at home against Cal State Northridge (2/9/12) last season.
UC Davis’ Nov. 18 game vs.Northern Arizona is the only occasion that fans will have to watch the Aggies play in the month of November as the team will play three road games before returning to The Pavilion. Starting with last Tuesday’s 11-point Causeway Classic victory at Sacramento State, UC Davis will travel to Reno to face the Nevada Wolf Pack on Wednesday before ending its trip in Moscow, Idaho, against the host Vandals on Saturday. UC Davis’ next home game is slated for Dec. 5 against San Jose State. Beginning with last Tuesday’s Causeway Classic, seven of the Aggies’ next nine non-conference games will take place away from The Pavilion. The team will also open its Big West schedule on the road, at UC Irvine in early Jan., before enjoying its first opportunity to host consecutive home games this season.
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 (then) 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 THE MOST OF A 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, five rebounds and 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.
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.
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, Jan. 28, . 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.
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.
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.The Aggies ended its trip with a 4-1 record out of their five games played.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guards (9): Darius Graham, Corey Hawkins, Ryan Howley, Avery Johnson, Tyler Les, Paolo Mancasola, Olivier Paul-Betu, Josh Ritchart, Ryan Sypkens
Forwards (6): J.T. Adenrele, Clint Bozner, Justin Dueck, Igor Nujic, Josh Ritchart, Tyler Ott
Center (1): Spencer Clayton
Seniors (2):Ryan Howley, Paolo Mancasola
Juniors (6): Spencer Clayton, Avery Johnson, Tyler Les, Igor Nujic, Josh Ritchart, Ryan Sypkens
Sophomores (3): J.T. Adenrele, Clint Bozner, Corey Hawkins,
Redshirt Freshman (1): Justin Dueck
Freshmen (3): Darius Graham Tyler Ott, Olivier Paul-Betu
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.