Men's Basketball

UC Davis men’s basketball hosts Portland after season-opening loss

The UC Davis men’s basketball team will play the second of three consecutive home games 4 p.m. Sunday against Portland at the Pavilion.

The Aggies opened the season Friday with a 79-71 overtime loss to North Dakota State, a game in which the Aggies (0-1) saw a nine-point lead with 2:10 to play disappear in regulation.

Senior forward Josh Fox (16 points, 12 rebounds) and junior center Neal Monson (14 points, 10 rebounds) each picked up their first career double-doubles, but the Aggies saw their 14-game home winning streak end after shooting just 15 of 31 from the foul line.

Portland (1-0) opened its season on Friday with a 98-81 home victory against Oregon Tech, an NAIA program.

Former Jesuit High School standout Bryce Pressley, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, led the Pilots with a career-high 30 points, including 8 for 11 three-pointers, and had eight rebounds. Freshman point guard Jazz Johnson added 14 points. Former Folsom High player Colin Russell, a 6-9 freshman forward/center, had two points and three rebounds.

The Pilots, which hold a 4-0 advantage all-time against UCD, were picked fifth in the West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll.

UC Davis basketball will also host its annual holiday food drive. All fans that donate two cans of food, or non-perishable items, will have an opportunity to win two ski lift tickets.

All proceeds will benefit The Pantry, a student-run organization that operates almost entirely on donations from the community. The mission of The Pantry is to aid UC Davis students in their pursuit of higher education by ensuring that no student ever has to miss a meal, or go without basic necessities because of financial reasons.

UCD will play the last of three home games Wednesday against Fresno Pacific.

Bill Paterson: 916-326-5506, @SacBee_BillP