by Charlie O. Mallonee
UC Davis completes its Alaska adventure
The Aggies lost their final game of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies of Michigan 79-66 on Saturday. The loss dropped the Aggies into sixth place in the tournament with a 1-2 record.
“I told the team that I was pleased overall with their effort, and I’m encouraged, not discouraged, by this tournament and where they are thus far.” said UC Davis head coach Jim Les , “This team has a huge ceiling, I love everyone’s competitive nature.”
Oakland’s 3-point shooting did the Aggies in
The Golden Grizzlies shot 41.7-percent (10-for-24) from 3-point range. They hit seven of those 3-pointers in the first half. The Aggies hit 4-of-10 from beyond the 3-point line. Both teams hit 25 two-point field goals.
Oakland also outscored UC Davis at the free throw line. The Golden Grizzlies scored 19 points from the charity stripe while the Aggies added just 12 points from the free throw line.
Oakland had four players in double figures; UC Davis had three in double digits
- Chima Moneke of UC Davis led all scorer with 21 points
- Mikey Henn had 11 points for the Aggies coming off the bench
- Siler Schneider added 10 points bench points for UC Davis
- Stevie Clark was the leading scorer for the Golden Grizzlies with 19 points
- Martez Walker scored 16 points with four field goals, four 3-pointers and 4 free throws
- Nick Daniels supplied Oakland with 12 points
- Isaiah Brock added 10 points to the Golden Grizzlies total
“That is a good basketball team (Oakland) that is going to win 20 to 25 games, win their league (Horizon) and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. I told my team that we went toe-to-toe with them; we have some things that we need to clean up, but I like where this team is as long as we stay healthy and continue to work,” said UC Davis head coach Jim Les.
What’s next for UC Davis
The Aggies will return to action on Saturday, December 3rd when they will travel to Moscow, Idaho to play the 3-2 Idaho Vandals.
Sacramento State loses EWU Tourney opener to USF
The Sacramento State Hornets lost their opening game in the Eastern Washington University Tournament to the University of San Francisco Dons 77-59 on Saturday. The win lifted the Dons to 4-0 on the season while the Hornets drop to 1-4.
The Dons had four players score in double figures
- Chase Foster scored a career high 18 points in 23 of playing time to lead the USF scoring attack
- Marquill Smith put up 12 points in eight minutes and was a perfect 2-for-2 from 3-point land and 6-for-6 from the free throw line
- Nate Renfro and Jordan Ratinho added 10 points each
- The Dons shot 54.7-percent from the floor and 50-percent (11-for-22) from long distance
- USF led this game wire-to-wire
Nick Hornsby led the Hornets attack
- Forward Nick Hornsby put up 20 points and grabbed 9 points in 34 minutes of playing time
- Justin Strings was the other Hornet who scored in double figures recording 18 points
- Sacramento State struggled shooting in the first half going 10-for-30 (33.3-percent) from the field
- It was the Hornets 3-point shooting – 7-of-17 (41.2-percent) – that kept them close in the half
- The Hornets shot 42.8-percent in the second half but that was not enough of an improvement to catch the Dons
- Sac State also hurt themselves at the free throw line by going just 8-for-15 (53.3-percent) from the stripe
The Hornets have no time to rest as they are back in action on Sunday
The Hornets will face the University of Denver Pioneers (1-3) on Sunday at 12:05 PM PST. The Pioneers lost to Eastern Washington on Saturday night 85-80 in overtime.
Informantion from the sports information departments of UC Davis and Sacramento State contributed to this report