Homestand Continues against Furman, Simpson

Ryan Sypkens continues to climb up the Big West Conference's all-time three-point shooting list.
 
Ryan Sypkens continues to climb up the Big West Conference's all-time three-point shooting list.
 

Dec. 26, 2013

Game 14

Furman Paladins (5-6)
at
UC Davis Aggies (4-9)

Monday, Dec. 30 - 7 p.m.
The Pavilion (5,670) - Davis, Calif.

Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM)
Video Stream (Free)
Internet Audio
Live Stats
In-game Twitter Updates

 

Game 15

Simpson Red Hawks (1-13)
at
UC Davis Aggies

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - 7 p.m.
The Pavilion (5,670) - Davis, Calif.

Radio: KSAC (105.5 FM)
Video Stream (Free)
Internet Audio
Live Stats
In-game Twitter Updates 

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis began its three-game homestand prior to the break with a victory against Air Force - a result the Aggies hope to replicate against the Furman Paladins Monday evening and Simpson Red Hawks Thursday night, in their final scheduled non-conference games of the season.

A CLOSER LOOK AT FURMAN
Two days after opening its swing through Northern California at Cal, Furman will travel down I-80 to Davis to wrap-up a brief two game road trek in its final game prior to Southern Conference play.

Last time out, the Paladins prevented a three-game losing streak from taking place by defeating Furman 86-83. In that game, sophomore guard Stephen Croone tallied a career-high 40 points to lead his team to victory. Croone leads all Paladins with his 21.2 points per game average, nearly twice that of his team’s No. 2 scorer, sophomore guard Larry Wideman, who averages 12.0 ppg. 

In addition to leading his team in scoring, Croone also possesses the Paladins’ highest rebound total (58), rebound average (5.3 rpg), and leads the team in assists (36) and steals (23).   

Monday’s game marks the first-ever head-to-head meeting between the teams. 

Series Record: First Meeting
Last UC Davis Win: N/A
Last Furman Win: N/A
Current Streak: N/A

A CLOSER LOOK AT SIMPSON 
Simpson University will head to UC Davis in the middle of a busy week as the Red Hawks will host back-to-back games against Walla Walla before facing the Aggies and William Jessup on the road. As is the case with UC Davis, Thursday's game will also serve as the Red Hawks final game before the start of league play.

Unlike the Aggies who entered their holiday break on a positive note with a win versus Air Force, Simpson dropped all three of its road games before the start of its two-week hiatus. Entering that road trip, sophomore guard Dalton Thacker averaged 13.2 points per game and led his team in points, rebounds, steals, and assists. Thacker also led the California Pacific Conference in steals with his total of 19 and average of 1.3 per game.

As is the case with Furman, UC Davis will face Simpson for the first time in the program's history this season. 

Series Record: First Meeting
Last UC Davis Win: N/A
Last Furman Win: N/A
Current Streak: N/A

DOUBLE THE FUN
Thursday’s men’s basketball game against Simpson University on Jan. 2, 2014, the final non-conference game of the year for the Aggies, will start at 7 p.m. or 35 minutes following the end of the women’s game, also against Simpson, whichever is later. 

LISTEN LIVE TO UC DAVIS MEN’S BASKETBALL
For the third year, every UC Davis men’s basketball game will air on KSAC (105.5 FM). Scott Marsh will call the action and begin his broadcast 30 minutes before tip-off with his pregame show. Fans can also listen to Marsh online for every men’s basketball game this season through an internet broadcast available at ucdavisaggies.com. 

GIVE ME MY STATS, STAT!
Find out what is happening during every UC Davis men’s basketball game through live stats. Links for every men’s basketball game  are available by clicking “Gametracker” (home games) or “Live Stats” (road games) on the team’s schedule page at ucdavisaggies.com. 

SECURE YOUR SEATS
Season tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets can be purchased through the “Tickets” link at ucdavisaggies.com, in person at the UC Davis Ticket Office, or by phone at (530) 752 AGS1. 

IT’S OK TO BE A FOLLOWER
UC Davis men’s basketball fans can follow their favorite team, and all other Aggie intercollegiate athletics programs on Twitter at the handle @UCDavisAggies. In-game updates are also available on the department’s secondary Twitter handle, @UCDavisInGame.

WATCH THE AGGIES IN ACTION FOR FREE
Live streaming for all Aggie men’s basketball Big West games are streamed for free at BigWest.TV. Basketball fans can also access the link needed to watch all UC Davis home games on BigWest.TV by accessing the link entitled “Live Stream Provided by BigWest.TV” on the sidebar of the men’s basketball homepage on ucdavisaggies.com.

UC DAVIS ATHLETICS THANKS YOU
UC Davis and UC Davis Health System faculty and staff have the opportunity to receive two (2) complimentary tickets, courtesy of the Intercollegiate Athletics Department, to watch the Big West Conference home opener for Aggie men’s and women’s basketball as part of Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night. The women will host Cal State Northridge on Thursday, Jan. 9, while the men open league play against UC Riverside the following week on Jan. 16.

Faculty and staff members who are interested in securing their tickets are asked to send an e-mail from their campus address to aggies@ucdavis.edu with the following information: 

First and Last Name
Department Name
Campus Address
Phone Number
Desired Game(s) - Jan. 9 and/or Jan. 16
Number of Tickets (1 or 2 per game)

Beginning Jan. 6, faculty and staff can pick-up their requested allotment of tickets anytime Monday-Friday from 12-5 p.m. at the Athletic Ticket Office located at Aggie Stadium.

All ticket requests must be received by 12 p.m. (PT) on the day of each respective game and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are valid for seating in any general admission section; additional tickets are available for purchase online at ucdavisaggies.com.

‘TIS THE SEASON 
UC Davis men’s basketball would like to thank everyone who participated in the program’s annual canned food drive which took place on the night of this years’ cross-Causeway matchup on Nov. 26. All proceeds will benefit the Yolo Food Bank. 

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, UC Davis’ holiday toy drive, held on Dec. 7 when the Aggies hosted Nevada, was a resounding success. All proceeds collected that night benefitted Toys for Tots.

SHOW SOME LOVE TO A FUTURE AGGIE
UC Davis NLI signee Isaiah Walton is one of five players in the running for play of the week for the week ending on Dec. 24. Watch video of Elyria’s leading scorer thrown down a vicious one-handed jam on a fast break alley-oop and show your support by voting for Walton here.

THEY WALK THE LINE, AND DO IT WELL
Three Aggies are making opponents pay for their mistakes as evident by their top-10 Big West rankings at the free throw line. Led by Brynton Lemar (No. 6/.738 pct.), Darius Graham (No. 8/.730) and Corey Hawkins (No. 9/.725) are making the most of their opportunities at the stripe this season.

WEL”COME TO UC DAVIS
For only the second time in the program’s 100+ years, UC Davis faced Air Force in a non-conference contest that took place on Dec. 21. The first head-to-head matchup held in Davis, the Aggies scored 10 of the first 12 points in the second half to record a six-point come-from-behind victory. 

SEEING 20/20/20 THIS SEASON
Last season, Corey Hawkins, who led the Big West with 15 games of 20 points or more. The junior forward recorded his third 20+ point effort of the season on Dec. 21 to lead UC Davis past Air Force in the opening game of the Aggies’ three-game homestand.

AGGIES’ BENCH DOMINATES FALCONS
Led by Ryan Sypkens who finished with 17, UC Davis’ bench outscored Air Force’s reserves 32-6 in the final game prior to the holiday break for both teams. Those 32 points are the most recorded by the Aggies’ second unit against a Division I opponent this season; earlier in the year against Holy Names, UC Davis recorded 27 bench points. 

CATCH US IF YOU CAN
For the second time this season, UC Davis was responsible for every fast break scored in a game once the final buzzer sounded against Air Force. In that game against the Falcons, all 15 fast break points were tallied by the Aggies. Earlier in the season, also at home against Idaho, UC Davis was responsible for all eight fast break baskets scored by either squad.

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
By knocking down 21 of 24 shots versus Air Force (12/21), UC Davis set a new season high with its .875 mark at the free throw line.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR 2021
For the first time in exactly eight years, UC Davis competed in a triple-overtime game when the Aggies traveled to San Jose State on Dec. 18. On that same day in 2005, UC Davis defeated Southeastern Louisiana 69-64 in its final game of tournament play at the Shamrock Office Solutions Challenge in Moraga, Calif. In 2013, the Aggies were not as fortunate as the Spartans edged past UC Davis by an 89-85 score.

SIX TIMES THE TROUBLE FOR SAN JOSE STATE
For the first time as a Division I program, six players finished in double figures to lead the Aggies in scoring when the team visited San Jose State (12/18). Led by Corey Hawkins (18 points), Darius Graham (season high 16), Iggy Nujic (13), Georgi Funtarov (12), Brynton Lemar and Ryan Sypkens (11 each) now stand alone as the only group to accomplish this rare feat.

YOU’RE THE BEST, NO DOUBT
Two UC Davis players find themselves ranked among the nation’s all-time active career leaders in numerous three-point shooting categories. Representing the Aggies are (figures are through games of 12/16):

Tyler Les: Three-Point Percentage .430/11th

Ryan Sypkens: Three-Point FGM 254/7th; Three-Point FG/Gm. 2.35/24th; Three-Point Percentage .415/26th

CLIMBING THE LEAGUE’S THREE-POINT LADDER
Senior Ryan Sypkens continues his ascent up the Big West career chart in three-pointers made. The 6-4 guard canned seven threes in two games last week, and now has 254 in his career. Sypkens vaulted past Cal State Fullerton’s Josh Akognon (2007-09) and Long Beach State’s Jibril Hodges (2002-06) for the No. 7 spot in Big West history. Next up for Sypkens is Wilbert Hooker of Fresno State (1989-92), in the No. 6 slot with 262 treys.

ANOTHER SNEAK PEEK FROM MAPLES PAVILION?
When UC Davis visited Stanford last season, J.T. Adenrele turned in his best performance as an Aggie against the Stanford Cardinal in what became his breakout game. From that point on, the former sophomore forward was a key reason why UC Davis recorded its most successful season as a Division I program. This season, freshmen Georgi Funtarov and Brynton Lemar led the way for UC Davis against the Cardinal when the team visited Stanford on Dec. 14.
For the second straight game, Funtarov scored a career-high 13 points and tied another personal best with six rebounds.

Lemar, the other Aggie to score double figures, finished with 11 points and set a new career high by ending his day with five rebounds. 

Together, the pair led UC Davis in scoring, were responsible for more than 40 percent of their team’s offense (24 of 56 points) and one-third of the Aggies’ rebounds (11 of 32) that day.

SHARING MEANS CARING
Redshirt freshman guard Darius Graham and junior guard Corey Hawkins have not been shy in sharing the ball this season as the two lead the team in assists. Graham, who has 51, and Hawkins, with 32, have earned over half of their team’s assists so far this season. Until Brynton Lemar finished with a team-high four at Stanford (12/14), either Graham or Hawkins ended each of UC Davis’ first 10 games with a team-high assist total. 

DON’T BLINK
If other Big West players are not aware of junior forward Avery Johnson’s quick hands, they certainly will be after facing the Aggies. Johnson has finished with a team-high steals total in five games and is responsible for 58 percent of the steals recorded by UC Davis this season.

FEARSOME FOURSOME
Against Nevada (12/7) four Aggies finished with season-high totals. In addition to Corey Hawkins who led the team with 34 points, new marks were set by Brynton Lemar (16 pts.), Georgi Funtarov (13 pts. and 6 rebs.) and Iggy Nujic (10 pts.)

ONLY A FRESHMAN ON PAPER
With his end-to-end layup in the final seconds against Nevada, freshman guard Brynton Lemar forced another five minutes of action by tying the game at 74 apiece after 40 minutes of regulation. Two games later when UC Davis traveled to San Jose State, Lemar came through with a clutch three — his first as an Aggie - to force the first of three overtime periods.