Jan. 3, 2004
POMONA, Calif. - Jonathan Williams' layup with four seconds remaining in overtime proved to be the game-winner as Cal Poly Pomona rallied for a come-from-behind, 69-67, overtime victory over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball game Saturday night at Kellogg Gym.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 4-5 on the season, 1-3 in CCAA play while the Broncos even their conference record at 2-2 and move to 6-3 overall.
Late in regulation, Broncos forward David Sybesma made one of two free throws to give Pomona a 57-53 lead with 1:16 left. Rommel Marentez cut the lead to two with a layup, followed by two more Sybesma free throws. Marentez then hit his biggest shot of the game, a three-pointer with 10 seconds left as the Aggies trailed by only one.
Sybesma was then immediately fouled and made only one, giving UC Davis a chance to tie or win on its final possession. Fowzi Abdelsamad was fouled with three seconds remaining, sinking both to send the game into overtime.
UC Davis did not connect for a field goal in the extra period, scoring all its points from the foul line. Phil Rasmussen gave the Aggies their only lead in overtime with two free throws at the 1:28 mark. With the game tied, Pomona held for the last shot. Williams drove the lane and converted the layup and was fouled with four second left. After missing the free throw, the Aggies grabbed the rebounds and called timeout with one second remaining. UC Davis was not able to get a shot on its final attempt when the Broncos deflected the inbound pass away as time expired.
"We completed well tonight," said UC Davis head coach Gary Stewart. "Give Pomona credit, they executed down the stretch and made the shots. I thought it was a great college basketball game. Both teams fought to the end. There is no loser tonight, we just ran out of time."
UC Davis opened the game with a different lineup as Abdelsamad was the lone holdover from Friday's starting lineup. The Aggies' leading scorer, Ryan Moore, did not dress for Saturday's contest due to an injury. Sporting a new lineup with the freshman Marentez at the point, the Aggies came out quickly and were the aggressors, building a five-point lead by the midpoint of the first half.
The lead increased to 12 at 22-10 following two Rasmussen free throws at the 6:02 mark. Pomona, the defending West Region champion, did not match the Aggies' intensity in the first half as UC Davis answered each Bronco run to take a nine point lead into the second half at 33-24.
UC Davis shot 58 percent from the field in the half and held a 14-8 rebounding edge over the bigger Broncos.
Abdelsamad finished the game with a team-high 15 points for the Aggies, followed by Rasmussen with 13 and a team-high seven boards.
Jeff Bonds led the Broncos with 16 points while Sybesma and Guy Beahm ended their nights with 12 each.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it hosts Cal State Stanislaus at Recreation Hall. Gametime is set for 8 p.m.
UC DAVIS (4-5, 1-3 CCAA)
Robert Ehsan 2-8 5-6 10, Thomas Juillerat 1-1 2-2 4, Madison Butts 3-4 0-0 6, Fowzi Abdelsamad 4-8 7-7 15, Rommel Marentez 2-4 7-8 12, Phil Rasmussen 3-10 6-7 13, JaQay Carlyle 0-0 0-0 0, Gus Argenal 2-4 0-0 5, Ari Warmerdam 0-1 0-0 0, Ryan Schwarz 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 18-41 27-30 67.
CAL POLY POMONA (6-3, 2-2 CCAA)
Jeff Bonds 6-8 4-7 16, David Sybesma 4-7 4-6 12, Guy Beahm 3-7 6-8 12, Jonathan Boyd 3-7 0-0 8, Hervey Malone II 2-5 1-2 6, Jonathan Williams 3-6 2-3 9, Billy Hofman 0-0 0-0 0, Dion Cook 0-3 0-0 0, Melvyn Nicholson 1-1 0-0 2, Michael Ridgway 2-3 0-1 4. Totals 24-47 17-27 69.
Halftime: UC Davis 33-24. End of Regulation: 60-60. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 4-16 (Argenal 1-1, Marentez 1-2, Rasmussen 1-3, Ehsan 1-6, Abdelsamad 0-4), CPP 4-18 (Boyd 2-6, Malone 1-3, Williams 1-4, Sybesma 0-1, Beahm 0-1, Cook 0-3. Rebounds: UC Davis 31 (Rasmussen 7), CPP 23 (Bonds/Sybesma 7). Assists: UC Davis 7 (Abdelsamad/Rasmussen 2), CPP 12 (Boyd 3). Turnovers: UC Davis 20, CPP 13. Fouls: UC Davis 29, CPP 23. Fouled Out: Juillerat, Butts, Marentez, Rasmussen 5. Att. 502.