Cal State Fullerton (10-8) at UC Davis (7-10)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 24, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Pavilion (8,000) -- Davis, California. Television:
None. Home Record: CSF 5-3, UCD 2-4. Away Record: CSF 3-5, UCD 3-6. Neutral
Record: CSF 2-0, UCD 2-0. Conference Record: CSF 3-3, UCD 3-3. Series Record:
Cal State Fullerton leads, 11-7.
GAME NOTES: Corey Hawkins and the UC Davis Aggies look to continue their
momentum as they host the Cal State Fullerton Titans for Big West Conference
action at The Pavilion.
This will be the 19th installment of this rivalry between these Golden State
schools. UC Davis holds a 11-7 all-time series lead after its 78-75 win at
home on Feb. 25, 2012.
Hawkins was named the Big West Player of the Week after pouring in a school-
record 40 points to push the Aggies to a 93-82 decision over Hawaii on
Saturday. The sophomore guard also tied the UC Davis school-record with eight
makes from 3-point range as the Aggies tied the program record with 16 makes
from long distance, overall. J.T. Adenrele scored 19 points and pulled down
nine rebounds while guard Paolo Mancasola had a career-high 11 assists.
Hawkins broke the 34-year old record of 39 points previously held by Mike
Lien. The victory was the third in four games for UC Davis, which enters this
one with a 7-10 overall record and 3-3 standing in the Big West.
Despite the offensive outburst versus Hawaii, UC Davis is still just the
fourth highest scoring team in the conference at 72.0 ppg. It is giving up
73.4 ppg to its opposition despite Hawkins's conference best average of 19.2
ppg. Junior guard Ryan Sypkens (13.9 ppg) and Adenrele (11.5 ppg, 23 blocks)
are also in double figures. Senior guard Ryan Howley leads the team with 8.2
rebounds per game while averaging 5.6 points per tilt.
Fullerton enters on a two-game slide after it dropped an 81-71 decision to
Long Beach State on Saturday. The loss pinned the Titans to a 10-8 overall
record and a .500 mark in conference action. Sammy Yeager paced the squad with
22 points and seven rebounds, D.J. Seeley contributed 17 points and nine
boards, while Deuce Johnson netted 10 points. LBSU held a sizeable, 51-31 edge
in the rebounding battle and outscored the Titans, 21-12, at the charity
stripe in the contest.
Although they just lost to the 49ers, the Titans lead the Big West and rank
fourth in the nation with 82.2 points per game on 48.9 percent shooting from
the field. Defensively, Fullerton has struggled though, as it gives up 75.6
ppg. The up-tempo philosophy has helped Seeley (18.2) and Kwame Vaughn (17.9)
rank second and third, respectively, on the Big West's scoring leaderboard.
Both are also dishing out four assists per tilt while Yeager adds 15.4 ppg to
the mix. Vaughn, who had scored in double figures in every game this season,
had his 21-game double-digit scoring streak snapped versus LBSU. Yeager, the
Big West's fourth-best three-point shooter in terms of percentage, in also one
of the nation's best as his .462 mark from 3-point range also has him ranked
No. 11 in the nation entering this week.
While neither side holds a definite advantage in terms of talent, both have
plenty of offensive firepower. This game should deliver tons of scoring and
very little defensive tenacity until the late stages. The team with the hotter
hand will come out on top.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UC Davis 83, Cal State Fullerton 78
01/24 10:32:39 ET
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