Jan. 11, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Michael Ridgway scored a game-high 21 points and the Broncos shot 52 percent in the second half as Cal Poly Pomona rallied from a two-point, first-half deficit for the 77-64, victory over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 3,868 on "Break The Record Night" Saturday evening at Rec Hall.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 4-7 on the season, 1-5 in CCAA play while Pomona improves to 8-3 overall, 4-2 in conference action.
The first half saw the two teams go back-and-forth as there were seven lead changes in the opening 20 minutes. The Aggies never trailed by more than two points and held their biggest lead at 25-19, following a Robert Ehsan free throw at the 2:57 mark. Pomona would score the last four points of the half to close the gap to two at halftime as UC Davis would score only Ehsan's free throw over the final 4:14.
The second half saw the Aggies come out slow as they went another 3:48 without a field goal until Dominic Callori finally broke through with a layup, cutting the Pomona lead to two. UC Davis would hold its final lead at 32-31 after a Gus Argenal three-pointer at the 15:16 mark. David Sybesma answered with a layup 25 seconds later, giving Pomona a lead it would never surrender.
The Broncos would open up the game with a 13-4 run midway through the half that took the lead to double-digits where it remained for much of the remaining time. As the half wore on, Pomona's size became a factor as UC Davis could not match the Broncos down in the paint. Pomona outscored UC Davis 32-18 in the paint and outrebounded the Aggies 37-24. A telling stat was Pomona 16-0 advantage on second-chance points as it held a 13-6 edge in offensive rebounds.
The Aggies would make one late charge, cutting a 16-point lead down to nine with just under two minutes to play. They would get no closer as Pomona made all six of its free throw attempts in the final two minutes to seal the victory.
"We're still building," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "There are area's we have to improve in and we just have to keep plugging away. We'll continue to work to get better."
Callori would finish the game with 17 points, leading three Aggies in double figures. Argenal registered a career-high 15 points, all on three pointers, while Justin Stearns finished the evening with 14 points.
Ridgway added a team-high six rebounds to his 21 points, while Sybesma finished with 19 points and five boards. Guy Beahm added 15 points, five rebounds and a game-high six assists for the Broncos, who capture their first victory in Davis since the 1994-95 season.
The Aggies will next be in action on Friday, January 17 when they travel to Turlock to face Cal State Stanislaus. Gametime is set for 8pm.
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