Air Force (6-4) at UC Davis (3-9)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 21, 5:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Pavilion (5,670) -- Davis, California.
Television: None. Home Record: Air Force 5-3, UC Davis 1-3. Away Record: Air
Force 0-0, UC Davis 0-6. Neutral Record: Air Force 1-1, UC Davis 2-0.
Conference Record: Air Force 0-0, UC Davis 0-0. Series Record: Air Force
GAME NOTES: For the second time in as many games the UC Davis Aggies will be
squaring off against an opponent from the Mountain West Conference, as they
host the Air Force Falcons this afternoon at The Pavilion.
Just three nights ago, the Aggies were matched up against San Jose State and
ended up going to three overtimes before falling to the Spartans on the road,
89-85. The defeat was the seventh in a row for a team that at one point had
won three times in a stretch of four games.
As for the Falcons, this outing marks their first on the road since they lost
to VMI during the All-Military Classic back in early November. Last weekend,
the academy capped an eight-game homestand with a 62-52 victory over UC
Riverside. The win was the third in a row for the team.
The Falcons won the only previous meeting between the programs by a score of
69-57 around this same time of year in 2009.
Hard to believe, but the Falcons held a considerable rebounding advantage
(46-35) against UC Riverside last weekend at Clune Arena, just one of the
reasons why Air Force came away with the win. It also helped that the defense
limited the visitors to only 3-of-14 shooting beyond the arc and force 20
turnovers. Tre' Coggins scored 17 points and Max Yon 10, to go along with
seven boards and four assists.
A starter in all but one of the team's 10 games on the campaign, Coggins leads
the Falcons in scoring with 16.3 ppg, thanks in large part to his 42.9 percent
accuracy on the perimeter. Marek Olesinski and Yon are both putting up 12.9
ppg, combining for 9.0 rpg and having handed out a collective 56 assists. The
Academy is currently putting up 73.6 ppg and is slightly ahead of the
competition on the glass, with a +1.4 rpg, but all that can change once the
MWC schedule begins at the start of the new year.
Considering the Aggies shot only 4-of-18 from the floor, including 2-of-11
behind the 3-point line in the overtime sessions, it is rather remarkable that
the team was able to play a total of three extra periods, en route to the loss
at San Jose State earlier this week. Corey Hawkins led six players in double
figures as he dropped in 18 points, followed by Darius Graham with 16 and Iggy
Nujic 13 points. Georgi Funtarov logged 12 points and eight rebounds for UC
Davis, while both Brynton Lemar and Ryan Sypkens posted 11 points apiece as
Playing without Josh Ritchart continues to hamper the Aggies since he leads
the program in both scoring (17.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg), having shot
not only 63.2 percent from the floor, but also 56.3 percent beyond the arc
before suffering an ankle injury. In his absence, the Aggies have been leaning
more and more on Hawkins for his 16.7 ppg and 5.6 rpg, not to mention a solid
30 assists over the course of 11 appearances.
Giving up close to 80 ppg while being outscored by more than eight per game,
the Aggies continue to put themselves in a delicate situation every time they
hit the hardwood. As long as the Falcons can dictate the pace of today's
matchup in appears as though the slide will not end for UC Davis.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Air Force 75, UC Davis 63
12/21 10:32:09 ET
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