Aggies Return to The Pavilion, Face San Jose State

Tyler Ott and his Aggie teammates will play their first home game in 17 days Wednesday evening against San Jose State.
 
Tyler Ott and his Aggie teammates will play their first home game in 17 days Wednesday evening against San Jose State.
 

Dec. 4, 2012

DAVIS, Calif. -

Game 6

San Jose State Spartans (3-3)
at
UC Davis Aggies (1-4)

Dec. 5, 2012
The Pavilion (5,931)

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


OPENING TIPS 
UC Davis will compete on its home court for only the second time this season when the Aggies face the San Jose State Spartans Wednesday night. UC Davis returns to competition fresh off its recent three-game road trip with stops at Sacramento State, Nevada and Idaho, the Spartans will end their current three-game road swing inside The Pavilion against the Aggies after traveling to Kansas and Montana State. Until last season's meeting in San Jose, one the Spartans captured on their home floor, 34 years had passed since these teams last faced one another. Participating in their second head-to-head meeting in as many seasons, the Aggies will look to earn their first victory over the Spartans since the 1974-75 season.

Series Record UC Davis trails 13-7
Last Aggies Win 66-55 (H) (1/15/1975)
Last Spartans Win 79-59 (A) (12/20/12)
Current Streak San Jose State +2
 

`TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE
All fans who attend the Aggies' next home game against San Jose State Wednesday evening 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 one 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.

AGGIE SPORTS UPDATE
UC Davis Athletics, in partnership with KSAC (105.5 FM) in Sacramento, debuted "Aggie Sports Update" last Tuesday, Dec. 4. 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 will air every Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. except for Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 through basketball season. The program will be co-hosted by longtime Aggie broadcaster Scott Marsh and KSAC Sports Director Phil Getman. Besides airing on KSAC, "Aggie Sports Update" will stream live on UC Davis' official athletics website, www.ucdavisaggies.com. 

A CLOSER LOOK AT SAN JOSE STATE
Returning to action after its 82-74 victory at Montana State last Saturday, San Jose State will wrap-up its three-game road swing when the Spartans visit The Pavilion Wednesday evening. 

As is the case with UC Davis, a number of Spartans enter this week's action with a national statistical ranking.  Senior guard James Kinney is No. 6 in scoring at 22.8 points per game and tied for No. 11 in steals at 3.0 per game. Sophomore guard D.J. Brown is tied for No. 8 in field throw percentage at 95.2. Junior forward Chris Cunningham is tied for No. 32 in rebounds at 9.5 per game and tied for No. 60 in double-doubles with two. Junior center Alex Brown is tied for No. 51 in blocked shots at 2.17 per game. As a team, the Spartans are No. 16 in three-point percentage at 43.1 percent, No. 52 in blocked shots at 4.8 per game, No. 68 in rebound margin at 5.3 and No. 75 in scoring offense at 74.0 per game.

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 three national statistical categories. The Aggies' are ranked No. 12 in three-point field goals made per game with nine, No. 18 with their .486 field goal percentage and No. 28 averaging 16.4 assists per game.

ALL EYES ARE ON HIM
The Big West Conference's most successful three-point shooter this season, Ryan Sypkens' 5.0 three-point. field goals made per game average is the highest in the nation (through games of Dec. 2). The junior guard's .568 three-point percentage is also the fourth-highest figure amongst all players in the nation.

CALL HIM MR. WINDEX
The second to earn a top-10 statistical spot, senior guard Ryan Howley is ranked No. 10 in the nation with his 11.2 rebounds per game average.

POSTING PROLIFIC POINT TOTALS
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins competes the trio of Aggies who possess a top-20 individual statistical ranking this week as he is  No. 15 in scoring at 21.4 points per game.

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.

SYPKENS TIES SCHOOL RECORD
On Nov. 28 at Nevada, Ryan Sypkens shot 8-for-13 from three to finish with 24 points. The junior guard is the second Aggie to make a school-record eight three-point field goals as junior guard Tyler Les also drained eight from distance last season against San Jose State (12/20/11). Sypkens' eight baskets from three are also a new career high.

SHARES WELL WITH OTHERS
Responsible for nearly half of his team's assist last Wednesday at Nevada, senior guard Paolo Mancasola also set a new career high by finishing with eight assists. This is the second time this season that he set a new career best in this statistical category as it is a one-assist improvement over his previous high set against Northern Arizona (11/18/12).

CAREER-HIGH CORRELATION?
Last Wednesday's game at Nevada was the second occasion this season that Ryan Sypkens and Paolo Mancasola set new three-point shooting and assist career highs in the same game. Numbers earned against the Wolf Pack were an improvement over their respective three-point shooting and assist totals previously earned against Northern Arizona (11/18/12).

AGGIES CAPTURE CAUSEWAY CLASSIC
In front of a standing-room only crowd at The Nest, UC Davis scored 63 points in the second half to defeat Sacramento State 87-76 in the 111th Causeway Classic (11/20/12). 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. 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. The road team has now won the last three Causeway Classics.

A PERFECT PERFORMANCE
In this season's 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-for-16 performance at UC Irvine on Mar. 16, 2008.

REBOUND AT YOUR OWN RISK
Last season, UC Davis possessed a league-low rebounding margin, allowing its opponents to record an average of 5.7 more rebounds per game. This season, the Aggies have become a more aggressive team under the basket and enter Wednesday's game ranked No. 4 in the Big West with their +4.0 rebounding margin.

FIRE AWAY!
Opposing players will need to respect the long-range shooting prowess of Ryan Sypkens as the junior guard leads all Big West players with 5.0 three-point field goals made per game, and is ranked No. 3 with his .568 three-point percentage. 

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS
Recording double-digit rebound totals in two out of the five games played, he fell one rebound shy in the other three contests, 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 11.2 rpg and 9.2 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.

SECOND-YEAR STANDOUT
After his first four games as an Aggie, Corey Hawkins is quickly building an argument as one of the Big West's best players as the sophomore guard leads the conference with his 21.4 ppg average. He is also No. 4 in the Big West with his .886 free throw percentage, tied for No. 5 with 1.8 spg and No. 9 in assists with 3.6 assists per game.

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 (2/26/11) to score 30 or more in a game.

SYPKENS SETS CAREER HIGH
On his 9-for-13 shooting, including seven baskets made from three, Ryan Sypkens set two new career highs 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. Sypkens set another career high from three just two games later, and also tied a program record with eight three-point field goals made at Nevada (11/28/12).

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. As was the case with Sypkens, Mancasola set a new career high two games later when he earned eight assists at Nevada (11/28/12).

ROAD WARRIORS
UC Davis' Nov. 18 game vs. Northern Arizona was the only occasion that fans had to watch the Aggies play in the month of November as the team competed in three road games before returning to The Pavilion tonight. UC Davis opened its schedule with four of its first five games on the road, will play two of its next three at home beginning tonight against San Jose State before returning to the road for four consecutive contests.

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.

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.

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.

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 Division I shooters. 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 eight 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, Josh Ritchart and Ryan Sypkens. Led by seniors Howley and Mancasola, this year's roster features eight upperclassmen.

BY POSITION

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

BY CLASS

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 Freshmen (1)
Justin Dueck

Freshmen (3)
Darius Graham  Tyler Ott, Olivier Paul-Betu

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. 

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. 

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.The Aggies ended its trip with a 4-1 record out of their five games played. 

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.

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