Dec. 4, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Dominating performances throughout UC Davis men's basketball's first eight games of the season helped Josh Ritchart earn a spot on College Hoops Daily's All-Big West Conference Team for the month of November.
Ritchart, the league's current leader in three-point field goal percentage with his .560 clip, is also ranked No. 2 with a .647 field goal percentage, No. 3 in scoring with 17.8 points per game and No. 9 with 6.6 rebounds per game.
All four marks are team-high figures.
In UC Davis' victory versus Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (11/22), Ritchart scored a career-high 35 points on 12 of 14 shooting and tied another career best by recording 13 rebounds to earn the Aggies' first double-double of the season.
His .857 shooting percentage against the Cougars that night is the highest posted by any Big West player this year.
In all, the Auburn, Calif., native set or matched five new career highs against SIUE. In addition to his point and rebound totals, Ritchart also finished with personal bests in assists, blocked shots and free throws made.
Less than 24 hours later, Ritchart narrowly missed out on collecting his second-straight double-double when he finished with nine points and nine rebounds in UC Davis' overtime win against Loyola Chicago.
By ending his weekend against tournament host Portland State with 17 points and seven rebounds, Ritchart averaged 20.3 points and 9.7 rebounds for the week. Collectively, he shot 67.6 pct. (23 of 34) from the field and 44.4 pct. (4 of 9) from three.
Virtually unstoppable that entire weekend, the Big West Conference named Ritchart as its Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Nov. 25.
Ritchart's presence was felt throughout all eight games that took place in November, not just the three scheduled in Portland; besides finishing with team-high scoring and rebounding totals on two occasions, he also led all Aggies in blocked shots in five games.
When UC Davis returns home to host Nevada on Dec. 7, Ritchart will have his first opportunity to etch his name in the school's book of records as he sits 33 points shy of the 1,000 career-point milestone. Ritchart has scored 967 points throughout his three-plus years as an Aggie; if successful in Saturday's game at The Pavilion, he will become the 20th player in the program's 101-year history to accomplish the feat.
Aggies open season Monday night at Northern Colorado
Gameday Central at Utah Valley
(2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT)