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In addition to facing four Power Five teams throughout non-conference play, UC Davis will head to the Golden 1 Center on Nov. 20 for this year's Causeway game. Purchase season tickets today to receive free tickets for this rivalry matchup!
DAVIS, Calif. –
Junior communication major Stefan Gonzalez
finished with a team-high eight points and eight rebounds in his UC Davis debut, junior communication major Matt Neufeld
added eight points in his first game as an Aggie, and senior economics major Garrison Goode
chipped in another eight points throughout Tuesday's season opener that took place inside the Pavilion.
Behind its blistering .615 shooting clip through the first 16 minutes of the game, combined with an 18-2 run in the second half, San Francisco defeated UC Davis, 76-42, to earn a rare road result for an Aggie opponent.
"They are really good and deserve a lot of credit," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les
"Our response to the initial haymaker they threw was concerning. We are going to face adversity throughout the season, in certain games, and I didn't think we responded to that initial [scoring outburst]. Once it started going downhill, we could not stop them."
Down 20 at halftime, UC Davis opened the second half on a 7-2 run to pull within 15 points with 16-plus minutes of action still remaining. But the Dons' second-half run, combined with an uncharacteristic 18 turnovers committed by the Aggies, which led to 24 USF points, led to a rare result for the home team.
Entering Tuesday's game, UC Davis won 21 of its last 23 played inside the Pavilion.
Also competing in their first game as an Aggie were freshmen, Caleb Fuller
, who finished with five points, four rebounds and two steals, Damion Squire
, who recorded three points and two steals, and redshirt freshman psychology major Gio Nelson
, who added two points and one rebound.
Charles Mindlend led USF in scoring with 16 points, Matt McCarthy led all Dons with eight rebounds.
UC Davis will return to action on Friday, Nov. 9, when it hosts San Diego, its second West Coast Conference opponent of the week, in a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup.
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Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley.
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