The UC Davis Aggies and Eastern Washington Eagles will face one another for the first time ever inside The Pavilion Monday evening. The Eagles defeated the Aggies in the inaugural meeting between the two last November in Cheney, Wash., UC Davis will look to earn a split of the all-time series before traveling to Logan, Utah later this week to play three games in as many days at the World Vision Challenge. Monday night’s matchup is the last home game of 2012 for UC Davis, the team will not host another game until its Big West home opener against Pacific on Jan. 5, 2013.
Series Record UC Davis trails 1-0
Last Aggies Win N/A
Last Eagles Win 79-59 (A) (11/27/11)
Current Streak Eastern Washington +1
‘TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE
TRULY A TEAM EFFORT
Toys for Tots held a toy drive during the Aggies’ home game vs. San Jose State, an opportunity that numerous fans took full advantage by donating new and unused toys for local children in need. The men’s basketball program thanks everyone who made last Wednesday’s toy drive a successful event, and encourages people who are interested in donating their time and/or additional items to visit www.toysfortots.com.
Aggie men’s basketball would also like to thank all fans that participated in the team’s food drive during its home opener vs. 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” on 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 throughout the basketball season. The show will be hosted by longtime Aggie broadcaster Scott Marsh, with KSAC Sports Director Phil Getman also taking the microphone from time to time. Besides airing on KSAC, “Aggie Sports Update” will stream live on UC Davis’ official athletics website, www.ucdavisaggies.com.
A CLOSER LOOK AT EASTERN WASHINGTON
UC Davis will compete in its final home game until its Big West home opener on Jan. 5, 2013, when the team takes the floor at The Pavilion Monday evening against the Eastern Washington Eagles. The Aggies are the third Big West opponents the Eagles have faced out of their nine games; in its second game of the season, Eastern Washington lost to Cal State Northridge, the team rebounded at home 12 days later with a four-point victory against Cal State Fullerton. Since defeating the Titans on Nov. 30, EWU dropped its following two games vs. Idaho and Seattle. The Eagles have lost all four road games, and one of their two neutral-site games this season. Junior guard Justin Crosgile (15.8 ppg), freshman forward Venky Jois (13.6 ppg) and senior forward Collin Chiverton (11.0 ppg) lead the team in scoring, with Jois also averaging a team-high 9.3 rpg. Monday’s game is also the only road game on the Eagles’ December schedule.
ADENRELE LEADS THE WAY AT STANFORD
Last Saturday’s game at Stanford (12/15/12) was one of the finest performances as an Aggie for J.T. Adenrele. The sophomore forward set a new career-high by scoring 23 points, and tied another by sinking five of his six shots at the free-throw line. Adenrele also recorded a season-high six rebounds, and tied another season high with five free-throws made against the Cardinal.
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 PROGRAM 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 assists at Nevada (11/28/12), 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).
The Aggies’ game at Nevada was the second occasion this season that Ryan Sypkens and Paolo Mancasola set new three-point shooting (8 3-pt. FGM) and assist (8 ast.) career highs respectively in the same game. Numbers earned against the Wolf Pack were an improvement over their respective three-point shooting and assist totals of seven 3-pt. FGM and seven assists previously recorded vs. 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.