SACRAMENTO -- UC Davis used a late 19-3 run to break open what had been a close game and the Aggies eventually defeated Sacramento State, 64-47, in the men's basketball version of the Causeway Classic on Tuesday evening at the Golden 1 Center.
Despite trailing, 37-20, early in the second half, Sacramento State went on a 20-5 run over the next 11:40 to get back in the game and trail just 42-40, with 7:44 left. A 3-pointer from senior forward Justin Strings capped the run and was one of five 3-balls the Hornets sank in the second half.
However, the Hornets would go ice cold from that point while the Aggies scored on each of their next four possessions. That sparked what amounted to a 19-3 run that gave the Aggies a game-high 18-point lead (61-43)with 1:45 to play. Sacramento State would go 3 for its last 10 from the field with five turnovers during the game's final 7:20 while the Aggies were on their run.
With the loss, Sacramento State saw its record drop to 1-3 on the young season as each of the team's losses have come on the road. The schedule doesn't get any friendlier as the Hornets begin a stretch that will see the team play three games over four days in Fullerton as part of the Wooden Legacy. Sacramento State opens against San Diego State on Thanksgiving night at 10 p.m. on ESPNU.
With the victory, UC Davis improved to 3-1. Despite tonight's loss, the Hornets are still 66-50 all-time against their Causeway rivals.
The Hornets posted season lows in field goals made (16), free throws made (9), free throws attempted (11) and points in a half (20 in the 1st) while the team's 22 turnovers were easily the most committed all season. Sacramento State was outscored in points in the paint (32-18), points off turnovers (24-11) and points off the bench (17-4). After being outscored, 36-20, in the first half, Sacramento State was outscored by a point (28-27) after halftime.
UC Davis shot 45% (23-51) from the field, 46% (6-13) from the 3-point line and 54% (12-22) from the free throw line. The Aggies held a 38-33 advantage on the glass and the Hornets were held scoreless in second chance points.
Sacramento State was led by Strings who finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds to record the 11th double-double of his career. Strings was the only Hornet in double figures, and the only Hornet with more than seven boards. Foward Joshua Patton had five points, seven rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals in just 17 minutes before fouling out with 8:16 remaining.
Shooting guard Kevin Hicks had nine points and accounted for half of the Hornets' 3-point makes as he finished 3-for-7 from distance. Point guard Jordan Tolbert had eight points, four assists and a pair of steals and combo guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa added four points, three assists, three steals and zero turnovers in 34 minutes. Jeff Wu added four points and Bryce Fowler had three rebounds and a steal.
UC Davis had three players score in double figures, led by Chima Moneke's 19 points and 15 rebounds. Siler Schneider had 16 points (4-of-6 from distance) and AJ John (12 points).
Tonight marks the first of two games the Hornets will play at the Golden 1 Center, including a game against Portland on Dec. 21 at 5:35 p.m. That game is the first of a doubleheader that will Kansas taking on Stanford in the nightcap.
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