Men's Basketball

UC Davis Aggies come from behind to top Cal Poly

UC Davis knows how to do it on the big stage.

The Big West Conference leaders, playing their second nationally televised home game of the season, rallied in dramatic fashion to beat a tenacious Cal Poly 81-78 in overtime in front of an announced crowd of 5,317 Saturday night at the Pavilion.

It extended the Aggies’ home winning streak to 10 while keeping them in a first-place tie with UC Irvine and Long Beach State. It was Long Beach State that the Aggies beat 73-67 in overtime in their first ESPNU home game in front of nearly 5,100 on Jan. 10.

But this game was even more dramatic.

The Aggies (16-4, 6-1) trailed by 14 points in the first half and 12 early in the second before tying the game 65-65 on Josh Ritchart’s three-pointer with 54.5 seconds to play in regulation. Two Cal Poly (10-10, 3-5) misses then sent the game into overtime.

In the extra period, Avery Johnson and Josh Fox had six points, Corey Hawkins had three assists and forward Josh Ritchart tallied the last basket of his team-high 24-point, seven-rebound performance.

Hawkins added 22 points, six assists and three steals, and Johnson finished with 11 points, including 5 of 6 from the free-throw line. Forward Brian Bennett led Cal Poly, last year’s Big West representative in the NCAA playoffs, with 27 points and nine rebounds.

Ritchart, a 6-foot-9 senior, missed UCD’s win over UC Santa Barbara on Thursday with a sore left shoulder and was questionable for Cal Poly. But he wasn’t about to miss this game.

“I wanted to play tonight,” Ritchart said. “I was in the rehab room so many hours each day this week and even today.”

Ritchart was 9 of 13 from the field and 6 of 8 from the three-point line before fouling out with five seconds left in overtime with the Aggies up three, 79-76.

But Cal Poly’s Ridge Shipley missed the first of three free throws and Johnson was fouled with two seconds and made both free throws to secure the win before the students and alumni stormed the floor.

“My teammates are awesome; they did a great job of finding me,” Ritchart said. “We didn’t think we played very well in the first half, but we always believe in each other. That’s why I think we’ve have had so many comebacks.”

Coach Jim Les was proud of his players’ fortitude against a Cal Poly team that came in as the worst scoring and field-goal-percentage shooting team in the conference. They shot 49 percent from the field, 59 percent in the first half.

“Credit these guys, they had a lot of reasons to fold it in and not fight back,” Les said. “But that was an emotional, passionate group at halftime that was not going to let this unbelievable crowd down.”

It was UCD’s second-largest crowd since the Pavilion was reconfigured in 2009. It was the 10th-largest all-time.

It doesn’t get any easier for UCD. The Aggies have to play five of their next seven games on the road, including preseason favorite UC Irvine this Thursday on ESPN3.

Women

UC Davis 60, UC Santa Barbara 54 (OT) in Santa Barbara – Kelsey Harris finished with a game-high 19 points and hit a critical three-pointer in overtime to lead the Aggies (9-10, 4-3) over the Gauchos in the Big West Conference game in the Thunderdome. Onome Jemerigbe drained a game-tying three-pointer for UC Santa Barbara (0-20, 0-7) with 3.8 seconds left in regulation to force the extra period.

Junior Alyson Doherty had 15 points and nine rebounds for UCD. Jemerigbeled the Gauchos with 14 points.

MEN’S GAME SUMMARY

UC DAVIS 81, CAL POLY 78 (OT)

Cal Poly (10-10)

Awich 4-11 0-0 10, Bennett 11-16 5-8 27, Nwaba 4-7 1-2 9, Love 7-10 0-1 15, Shipley 3-11 2-3 11, Bolden 1-6 3-3 6. Totals: 30-61 11-17 78.

UC Davis (16-4)

Adenrele 1-6 1-2 3, Ritchart 9-13 0-0 24, Graham 1-1 2-2 4, Hawkins 8-16 3-4 22, Johnson 2-4 5-6 11, Lemar 0-2 0-0 0, Les 0-2 0-0 0, Fox 4-7 1-2 9, Monson 4-7 0-0 8. Totals: 29-58 12-16 81.

Halftime—Cal Poly 40-30. End of regulation—Tied 65. Three-point goals—Cal Poly 7-19 (Shipley 3-9, Awich 2-4, Love 1-2, Bolden 1-4); UC Davis 11-20 (Ritchart 6-8, Hawkins 3-6, Johnson 2-2, Lemar 0-2, Les 0-2). Fouled out—Ritchart. Rebounds—Cal Poly 34 (Bennett 9); UC Davis 29 (Ritchart 7). Assists—Cal Poly 13 (Shipley 8); UC Davis 15 (Hawkins 6). Total fouls—Cal Poly 17; UC Davis 15. A—5,317.


WOMEN’S GAME SUMMARY

UC DAVIS 60, UC SANTA BARBARA 54 (OT)

UC Davis (9-10)

Fipps 2-10 1-1 6, Marfone 1-4 0-0 2, Salvatore 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 6-11 2-2 19, Doherty 5-8 5-6 15, Nagel 2-2 0-0 5, Gianotti 1-1 0-0 2, Nafekh 1-2 5-8 7, McGuire 0-1 0-0 0, Beyer 2-2 0-0 4. Totals: 20-42 13-17 60.

UC Santa Barbara (0-20)

Brance 4-12 0-0 11, Ware 5-12 1-1 11, Jemerigbe 3-9 7-7 14, Morrison 0-2 0-1 0, Watkins 4-10 2-4 10, Lopez 0-1 0-0 0, Farris 0-3 0-0 0, Roper 2-5 0-0 6, Wright 0-0 2-2 2. Totals: 18-54 12-15 54.

Halftime—UC Santa Barbara 24-20. End of regulation—Tied 48. Three-point goals—UC Davis 7-21 (Fipps 1-6, Marfone 0-3, Harris 5-10, Nagel 1-1, McGuire 0-1); UC Santa Barbara 6-16 (Brance 3-8, Ware 0-1, Jemerigbe 1-1, Morrison 0-1, Roper 2-5). Fouled out—Watkins. Rebounds—UC Davis 36 (Doherty 9); UC Santa Barbara 27 (Ware 6). Assists—UC Davis 12 (Fipps 2, Harris 2, Doherty 2, Nagel 2, McGuire 2); UC Santa Barbara 15 (Jemerigbe 6). Total fouls—UC Davis 17; UC Santa Barbara 22. A—318.

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