UCLA Beats UC Davis At Pauley Pavilion

UCLA leads the all-time series with UC Davis, 3-0.

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Honeycutt Leads UCLA Over UC Davis, 74-67

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Tyler Honeycutt registered a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds to help lead the UCLA Bruins to a 74-67 win over the UC Davis Aggies in non-conference action at Pauley Pavilion. Also scoring in double figures for the Bruins (5-4) were Malcolm Lee with a team-high 15 points, followed by Reeves Nelson and Lazeric Jones with 13 and 10 points, respectively, while Joshua Smith made an impact with 10 rebounds in the triumph.

The Aggies (4-6) were paced by Josh Ritchart, who tallied a season-high 23 points off the bench as he knocked down 5-of-6 shots behind the three-point line, followed by Joe Harden and Mark Payne who dropped in 16 and 14 points, respectively, as the team lost for the second time in the last three outings.

UCLA ran out to a quick 7-0 lead in the first half and never looked back, the team shooting a solid 45.7 percent from the field and 4-of-9 behind the three- point line in the period to claim a 40-27 advantage at the break.

UC Davis closed the gap to single digits in the second half as it made good on an even 50 percent from the floor, but the deficit proved to be too great for the visitors as they bowed in the seven-point decision.

With the help of Honeycutt and Smith the Bruins easily controlled the glass, 44-29, helping the group to combat just 9-of-17 shooting at the free-throw line and 14 turnovers on the night.

With the victory the Bruins now have back-to-back wins for the first time since they began the 2010-11 campaign with three straight triumphs. Coincidently, all five of UCLA's wins have come against programs within the Golden State boundaries.

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UCLA Battles UC Davis At Pauley Pavilion

The UCLA Bruins close out a three-game homestand this evening, as they welcome the UC Davis Aggies to Pauley Pavilion. Ben Howland's Bruins snapped an ugly four-game losing streak over the weekend, topping Cal Poly 72-61. The victory brought UCLA back to .500 on the season at 4-4. Following this game, the Bruins will take on BYU as part of the John Wooden Classic at the Honda Center on December 18th. UCLA will not get its Pac-10 schedule underway until Dec. 29 against Washington State.

The Aggies are one game under .500 on the year. The team has been idle since a Dec. 4 blasting of Notre Dame de Namur (80-53). UC Davis, which competes in the Big West, will take on North Dakota State on Friday, before hosting Southern Utah five days later. The team will open its Big West slate on Dec. 28 against Cal State Fullerton.

This is just the third time that these two teams have met. UCLA has won both prior meetings, including a 76-48 rout the last time during the 2007-08 campaign.

The Aggies have had plenty of time to reflect on their biggest win of the season, as the team destroyed Notre Dame de Namur back on December 4th. UC Davis handed out a season-high 20 assists and hit a school-record 15 three- pointers in the lopsided affair. All nine active players scored in the game, led by Eddie Miller's game-high 15 points. Joe Harden and Tyler Les each posted 12 points. It hasn't been that easy to post gaudy offensive numbers on the year for UC Davis, as the team comes in averaging just 65.0 ppg. Harden has been reliable however, pacing the team in both scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.1 rpg). Mark Payne (12.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg) is next in line in both categories and also tops the team with 31 assists.

Thanks to a big night from freshman center Joshua Smith, the Bruins were able to end their ugly four-game losing streak with an 11-point victory over Cal Poly on Saturday. Smith finished the game with a career-high 19 points and completed a double-double with 12 rebounds. Reeves Nelson added 13 points to the cause, while Tyler Honeycutt chipped in with an all-around effort consisting of 11 points, eight boards and four assists. The Bruins are averaging a rather pedestrian 72.4 ppg this year, but the team does have scoring depth and is shooting the ball well (.461). Four of the five starters come into this contest averaging double digits, led by Honeycutt (16.0 ppg). Nelson is next in line (13.9 ppg) and the two have formed quite a rebounding tandem, with 8.0 and 8.4 rpg, respectively. Lazeric Jones (11.0 ppg) and Malcolm Lee (10.1 ppg) provide backcourt balance.

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