Moneke’s 19 points lead UC Davis past Washington State 81-67
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — TJ Shorts II scored 20 points, Chima Moneke had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and UC Davis defeated Washington State 81-67 Saturday.
UC Davis (5-2) finished the first half on a 12-2 run for a 17-point lead. Moneke set the tone when he slid the baseline and slammed down a monster dunk.
Moneke had another dunk with 9:28 remaining in the second half extending the lead back to 17.
Shorts II sealed the game with a steal and an easy fast-break layup with one minute remaining in the game.
“Going forward, this is really just a booster for us, now it is on to the next one I believe Wednesday at home,” Shorts said. “So this is just going to be a great confidence booster for us and get ready for the next one.”
Siler Schneider added 12 points for UC Davis.
“When they lock in on the defensive end like that, they’re awfully good,” Aggie coach Jim Les said of his team. “The other thing I thought we did is, we moved the ball really well on the offensive end, whether it was zone or man. We made them defend, which takes a little bit out of their ability to shoot the ball on the other end.”
Washington State (6-1), which returned home after winning the Wooden Legacy Tournament, went 1-for-7 from 3-point range in the first half, shooting only 35 percent from the field. The Cougars made several runs throughout the second half, trying to make one of their famous early-season comebacks, but fell short.
Robert Franks had 32 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars. Franks went 12 of 18 from the field with five 3-pointers. Flynn, who was the MVP in the California tournament, was cold early, but finished with 19 points and five assists. Flynn entered the game with only four turnovers and 28 assists on the season. Against the Aggies, Flynn committed five.
Freshman Milan Acquaah, who has been a spark at times during the season for the Cougars, had six assists and five turnovers.
“We are not going to go undefeated during the whole year, so we just gotta kind of bounce back and get going again,” WSU coach Ernie Kent said.
UC Davis: After playing six of its first seven games on the road, the Aggies head home for two games. Beating a undefeated Cougar team should give the Aggies confidence moving forward this season.
Washington State: After winning the Wooden Legacy Tournament, the Cougars lost their first game of the season.
UC Davis: The Aggies travel home to play Pacific on Wednesday.
Washington State: The Cougars will face border-rival Idaho on Wednesday.