Gators Jump Out Early Then Hold On In Win Over Aggies

Jan. 4, 2003

Box Score

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Steven Hankle scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and the Gators capitalized on 17 Aggie turnovers as San Francisco State defeated UC Davis 74-56 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game Saturday evening in front of 345 at Main Gym.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 4-5 on the season, 1-3 in CCAA play while the Gators improve to 5-4, 3-1 in conference action.

UC Davis held its only lead of the game at 4-2 following a Ryan Moore jumper two minutes into the contest. The game remained close midway through the first half as UC Davis trailed by just one at 14-13, but SF State held the Aggies to just five points over the final four minutes of the half to take a six-point lead at intermission, 30-24.

Moore kept the Aggies close in half as he led the team with 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting. The difference in the half came in the turnover department as UC Davis committed nine in the period which the Gators turned into 12 points. SF State turned the ball over just once in the half.

UC Davis came out strong to start the second half, cutting the Gator lead to one at 31-30 as Justin Stearns hit two three-pointers in the opening minutes, but UC Davis would get no closer. SF State went on a 16-3 run over the next six minutes to take a 14-point lead. Center Chris Tabarez sparked the run as he scored the first six points, all from inside the paint.

The Aggies closed the lead to five following a Fowzi Abdelsamad jumper with 4:29 left. It capped a stretch where Abdelsamad scored 10 of the Aggies previous 14 points to cut the gap. UC Davis would go cold from that point on as the Gators quickly brought the lead back to 14 then held on by making their free throws down the stretch for the final margin of victory.

"We're still growing and this is all part of the learning process," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "We are finding out what it takes to win back-to-back games on the road and the only way to get better is repetition and facing this type of pressure."



Abdelsamad led the Aggies with 19 points on the night while Dominic Callori added eight points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Moore finished the contest with 13 points, playing only 23 minutes before leaving the game with an injured right foot. Stearns capped his night with 12 points.

The Gators were paced by Hankle's 16 points and Tabarez' 15. SF State ended the game by scoring 20 points off 17 Aggies turnovers while their five turnovers resulted in just three Aggie points.

UC Davis will next be in action on Friday, January 10, when it hosts Cal State, San Bernardino at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 8pm.

UC DAVIS (5-4, 1-3 CCAA)
Ryan Moore 6-8 1-1 13, Dominic Callori 2-11 4-7 8, Danny Workman 0-0 0-0 0, Gus Argenal 0-3 0-0 0, Justin Stearns 4-12 2-4 12, Fowzi Abdelsamad 6-10 5-7 19, Jesse Pruitt 0-0 0-0 0, Robert Ehsan 0-1 0-0 0, Jake Reid 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Butts 1-2 0-0 2, Brett Lantz 1-2 0-0 2, Eric Wagner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-49 12-19 56.

Chris Featherly 0-5 0-0 0, Steven Hankle 5-14 6-7 16, Chris Tabarez 6-8 3-4 15, Dante Carey 2-6 5-7 9, Mychal Lynch 3-6 0-1 9, Raleigh Lawrence 1-1 0-0 2, Mike Dyer 1-7 2-2 5, DeAndre Walker 3-7 0-0 9, Daniel Harper 0-0 2-2 2, Kelan Joshua 0-0 0-0 0, Jamar Collins 0-0 1-2 1, Taylor Bro 3-7 0-1 6, Bruno Sandoval 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-61 19-26 74.

Halftime - SFSU, 30-24. Three-point goals - UC Davis 4-17 (Justin Stearns 2-6, Fowzi Abdelsamad 2-4, Dominic Callori 0-2, Gus Argenal 0-3, Brett Lantz 0-1, Robert Ehsan 0-1). SFSU 7-24 (DeAndre Walker 3-5, Mychal Lynch 3-6, Mike Dyer 1-5, Steven Hankle 0-1, Dante Carey 0-3, Chris Featherly 0-4). Rebounds: UC Davis 35 (Dominic Callori 15). SFSU 39 (Taylor Bro 10). Turnovers: UC Davis 17. SFSU 5. Fouls: UC Davis 22. SFSU 17. Fouled Out: Callori. ATT: 345.