SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- UC Davis shot 64.7 percent (22-34) from the field and 58.3 percent (7-12) from distance in the second half, and overcame a nine-point first-half deficit to defeat Sacramento State, 87-76, in front of a sellout crowd Tuesday night at the Nest.
The Hornets seemed to be in control, using a 10-0 run to take what amounted to a 33-24 halftime advantage. However, the Aggies couldn't miss in the second half, seemingly knocking down jumpers from everywhere on the floor. UC Davis scored on each of its first five possession of the second half, which sparked a 26-7 run to give UCD a 12-point lead (50-38) with 10:50 to play.
Five different UCD players scored during the decisive run, including J.T. Adenrele (8), Corey Hawkins (7) and Tyler Les (6) combining for 21 points during the spurt. Sacramento State closed to within five points on a pair of occasions during the game's final five minutes, but UC Davis answered with a bucket each time. The Aggies had more than twice the amount of made field goals in the second half (22) as they converted in the first half (10).
The loss put a damper on a significant milestone for Sacramento State senior forward . The team co-captain scored 18 points, and became just the 10th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau. Dickson, who is a fourth-year senior, now has 1,009 career points and also became the fifth player to accomplish the feat during the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.).
The loss was the first of the season for Sacramento State (3-1), as the Hornets were attempting to win the first four games of the season for just the second time in school history (1948-pres.). Sacramento State was also coming off a three-point win last Friday at Utah.
UC Davis (1-2) lost its first two games of the season in close fashion to both Oklahoma State and Northern Arizona prior to winning tonight. Interestingly, the road team has now won the last four games in the series between the Hornets and Aggies. Sacramento State is still 64-47 all-time against UC Davis in a series which dates back to 1948.
Sacramento State had shot at least 42 percent in all three games this year prior to shooting just 35.8 percent (24-67) from the field tonight. The Hornets converted on 8-of-24 (.333) from beyond the arc, but went just 3-of-12 in the second half. Sacramento State did convert on 80.0 percent of its free throws (20-25).
UC Davis, which finished the game shooting 51.6 percent from the field and a perfect 13-of-13 from the free throw line, outrebounded the Hornets by a wide margin (45-31). In addition, the Aggies outscored the Hornets in the paint, 36-20. Sacramento State did force 21 Aggie turnovers and turned those miscues into 28 points.
Three Hornets scored in double figures, comprised of point guard (career-high 22 points, six assists), Dickson (18 points, six rebounds, three blocks and a career-high six steals) and guard (13 points, seven rebounds and three assists). Over his last three games, Garrity is averaging 20.7 points per contest, which includes a 21-point effort against CSU Bakersfield and 19 points at Utah.
Garrity (6-of-10), (3-of-5) and (1-of-1) were the only Hornets to shoot at least 50 percent from the field. Veteto had six points and added seven points and two steals. Dickson's six steals tied for the ninth best single-game mark in school history.
For UC Davis, Hawkins finished with a game-high 29 points on 9-of-15 shooting, and 23 of those points came in the second half. He was joined in double figures by Adenrele (19 points) and Ryan Sypkens (15 points). Ryan Howley added seven points and 15 rebounds, and Les had nine points on three made three-pointers.
Sacramento State returns to action later this week when the team travels to Central Arkansas for a game on Saturday, Nov. 24.
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