DAVIS, Calif. —
Senior communication major TJ Shorts II
finished with a team-high 17 points to lead a group of three Aggies in double figures, but visiting San Diego shot 50 percent from the floor for the game en route to a, 76-57, victory over UC Davis on Friday night at The Pavilion.
The Aggies fell to 0-2 overall with the result heading into a Monday night (Nov. 12) contest at SEC power Arkansas at 5 p.m.
Led by a game-high 28 points from Isaiah Pineiro, the Toreros improved to 2-0 on the year.
"We've got to right the ship, but I did think our intensity and our effort was better tonight than it was on opening night," Head Coach Jim Les
said. "Now we've got to bring the execution component. Give San Diego credit, that's a good basketball team, and when we didn't execute correctly, they took advantage."
Shorts added four rebounds and three assists to his stat line, and was joined in double figures by junior economics major Joe Mooney
, who added 13 points, and junior communication major Matt Neufeld
, who finished with a career-high 11 points.
Mooney's point total were just two shy of his career high set against UC Riverside on March 8 of last season, while Neufeld surpassed his previous best of eight set just three nights ago against San Francisco. Senior psychology major AJ John
finished with a game-high nine rebounds — just one shy of his career high set against Nevada last season.
The Aggies whittled a 10-point deficit down to just one midway through the first half on a pair of free throws by senior economics major Garrison Goode
, capping a 14-5 burst over a five-minute span, and went back-and-forth with the Toreros before taking their first lead since the opening minute on a steal and a basket by Mooney with 6:46 to play.
A 12-4 spurt by San Diego rebuilt the lead back to seven, but a drive to the basket by Shorts II made it a five-point game at the break.
The Toreros then opened the second half by scoring seven of the first nine points of the period and never let the Aggies back in it. A 10-0 run later in the half gave San Diego its largest lead of the game at , 73-51, and never looked back.
"I thought we did a good job of withstanding some runs and every time we were about ready to climb back into it, we had a defensive breakdown that led to a bucket or a big three-pointer, and those are killers," Les said. "We were exhausting a lot of energy, but it wasn't efficient energy. When we made them work and turn it over, I thought we got some good looks, we just weren't patient enough overall for 40 minutes."
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