Cal Too Much for UC Davis
November 13th, 2008
BERKLEY -- On Wednesday the California Golden bears and UC Davis Aggies tipped off their seasons. The Golden bears led by Power Forward Ryan Anderson are expected to have a great season and compete for the conference title in the Pac-10. The Aggies were waiting to see how their team's new additions would affect things.
Out the gate it was clear the Golden Bears had the advantage, freshman shooting guard Chase Minoff hit his first two shots both being threes. After Dedrick Watson turned it over in the post, UC Davis found themselves down 8-0 early. They turned to Vince Oliver to solve the offensive woes early, Oliver scored eight points in the game's first five minutes.
However, in a familiar scene to last year, the Aggies couldn't find any offense outside of Oliver. They looked in towards freshman Dedrick Watson early but he couldn't find his touch around the basket. On the other end, Cals frontcourt proved dominant. The duo of Ryan Anderson and Jordan Wilks dominated the glass. The Aggies continued to try to find answers on the offensive end but none could be found. Todd Lowenthal missed several open threes.
After the half, the Aggies found some fight in them. The duo of Joe Harden and Nate Clark off the bench found some offense. With a could stops led by blocks from Dedrick Watson they were able to cut it down to single digits. However, turnovers forced by the Golden bears soon ended whatever chance UC Davis had.
Cal took advantage of several untimely turnovers to bring their lead back to fifteen. Minoff had could off but Ryan Anderson took over, scoring in transition then hitting a three on the next possession. The Golden bears had an astounding zero turnovers in the game while also shooting nearly 50%. That's a recipe for success in any game.