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Pacific doesn\’t care about the Aggies\’ Payne

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January 22, 2011 |

Enterprise correspondent

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The returns of Mark Payne (seven points) and Todd Lowenthal (two points) from three- and nine-game absences, respectively, due to injuries were about the only positives for the UC Davis men\’s basketball team on Saturday at The Pavilion.

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And they came with one big negative: an 87-54 loss to Pacific (11-8), a game in which the Aggies never led.

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“Did anything go right?” asked UCD head coach Gary Stewart. “We struggled on both sides of the ball. We don\’t have an identity. Obviously, we\’re not as good right now as we want to be.”

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The Aggies extended their losing streak to five games, still haven\’t won in 2011 and fell to 6-12 overall, including 1-5 in Big West Conference play.

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“Everybody could have given a little bit better of an effort,” said UCD junior

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Eddie Miller, who scored 12 points. “I\’m kind of dumbfounded by the loss. It was kind of embarrassing.”

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Pacific exploded out of the tunnel, taking an early 10-0 advantage behind a trey from Allen Huddleston (17 points) and a three-point play in the post by Nyika Williams (12 points and eight rebounds).

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Payne and Lowenthal came off the bench with 17:17 left in the half and UCD\’s Josh Ritchart immediately drained a 3-pointer from the wing, putting the Aggies on the board at 10-3.

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But the Tigers quickly snuffed out any life UCD had left, as Huddleston, Pat Eveland and Jose Rivera knocked down consecutive shots from beyond the arc to give Pacific a 19-3 advantage.

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Williams soon added to the downpour with an emphatic two-handed jam, extending the Tigers\’ lead to 27-5 with 9:27 left in the period.

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The local crowd showed signs of life when Payne stripped the ball and had the Aggies breaking the other way where Miller tipped in a missed shot. But the Tigers unleashed another barrage of treys — this time from Huddleston, Rivera and Demetrece Young — and pushed their lead to 39-13.

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Pacific entered the halftime break ahead 44-14.

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In the second half, UCD shot 46.9 percent from the field, better than the 19.2 percent it had made before intermission, but the Tigers responded every time they needed to.

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With 19:03 left, Miller drained a three, but Young returned the favor on the other end with a 3-pointer of his own, maintaining the Pacific lead at 47-19.

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Then with 14:09 remaining, Miller nailed another jumper, only to see Sam Willard battle for a three-point play in the post and Rivera knock down another trey.

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Still, after the teams traded baskets, UCD had created its smallest deficit at 51-27.

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But eventually the Tigers locked up the game with a long ball by Young, which

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extended Pacific\’s lead to 72-42 with 6:13 to play.

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Two late 3-point daggers by Rivera capped off the domination, as the Tigers went on to win by 33 points.

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The Aggies will look to turn things around on Thursday with a home game against Riverside at 7 p.m.

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Notes: Rivera was 6-for-8 from 3-point range to finish with a game-high 18 points off the bench. … Payne played 26 minutes and started in the second half. Lowenthal played 21 minutes. … UCD is in last place in the Big West. Only eight of the nine teams qualify for the Big West Tournament in March. … UCD student and DHS graduate Brett Andersen nailed a half-court shot during intermission to earn a bundle of prizes from all of the Aggie basketball sponsors. … In other Big West games on Saturday, UC Irvine knocked off Long Beach State, 86-76; Northridge used a huge second half to best Cal Poly, 80-65; and Fullerton held off UC Santa Barbara, 63-58.

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— Reach Will Bellamy at wbellamy@davisenterprise.net

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