Jan. 10, 2005
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Ryan Moore scored 25 points, including a tip-in off his own missed shot as time expired, to rally the Aggies from a 12-point halftime deficit as UC Davis defeated UC Riverside 66-65 in a nonconference men's basketball game Monday night at the Student Recreation Center.
With the win the Aggies improve to 6-8 on the season and defeat their first Big West foe of the season. UC Riverside drops its fifth straight and falls to 4-8 on the year. It also marks the fifth-straight win for UC Davis in the all-time series, which is now tied at 20-20.
UC Davis took its first lead of the game at the two-minute, four-second mark following a Moore three-pointer. After a Vili Morton layin and a pair of Steve Williams free throws, the Highlanders regained the lead with :55 seconds left. On the foul preceding Williams free throws, Morton went down grabbing his left leg and did not return in the final minute. With Morton out of the middle, the Aggies took advantage as Moore's driving layup tied the game before Klaus Schille hit one of two free throws to set up the final possession.
With the clock under 10 seconds, Rommel Marentez had his layup blocked, but Moore picked up the rebound, missed a short jumper, grabbed the rebound again before putting in the game-winner as the horn sounded. It marked the first game-winning basket by an Aggie since Fowzi Abdelsamad's jumper gave the Aggies a 68-66 overtime win against San Francisco State, Feb. 7, 2003.
"I think that was our best half of basketball this season," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "That's what happens when you put your focus on the defensive end. We had good looks all night but the shots didn't fall in the first half. We were able to stay in the game at the defensive end until our offense started making shots, which it did in the second.
"Going into the game we felt it was important to keep them under 70 points and holding them to 29 second-half points, that's sensational from a defensive standpoint," Stewart continued. "Our energy and passion on defense was outstanding."
The Aggies opened the second half strong with consecutive jumpers from Moore and Abdelsamad, the second a three-pointer to cut the lead to seven. The run was thwarted by a Rickey Porter three and a Morton dunk to push the lead back to 12. The teams traded baskets over the next eight minutes as the Highlander lead remained in double figures.
The Aggies received a strong effort from Justin Stearns off the bench. Stearns' three-pointer at the 7:56 mark cut the Highlander lead to four, the closest the Aggies had been up to that point. His defensive effort also led to a season-high 30 points.
UC Riverside jumped out quick, scoring the game's first nine points. The Aggies did not get on the board until just over the 16:00 mark with a pair of Moore free throws. The Aggies were patient on offense and had good looks, but thee shots did not fall as UC Davis missed its first five opportunities and connected for just one of its first 12 shots.
The inside-outside combination of Morton and Williams hurt the Aggies in the first half. Morton had it going inside, scoring 10 first-half points, either from deep in the paint or at the foul line, while Williams made his first four shots, all from long range, en route to 10 points in the opening 20 minutes.
Despite the slow start, the Aggies fought back in the half, cutting the deficit to nine late in the period before Porter grabbed a loose ball and hit a questionable three as time expired to give the Highlanders a 12-point lead at intermission.
UC Riverside shot a blistering 67 percent from the field in the first half, holding a12-4 advantage on points in the paint.
For the game the Aggies shot 49 percent from the field after a 65.4 percent second-half. Moore had 18 points in the second half en route to his game-high 25, to go with a team-high seven rebounds. Abdelsamad finished with 16 points while Stearns ended up with 10.
Morton led the Highlanders with 25 points and seven boards, while Porter added 14 and Williams finished with 12.
UC Davis is next in action on Saturday when it continues its six-game stint away from the Pavilion with a meeting at UC Santa Barbara. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.
UC DAVIS (6-8)
Rommel Marentez 2-4 2-3 6, Fowzi Abdelsamad 6-13 1-1 16, Thomas Juillerat 00-4 0-0 0, Robert Ehsan 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Moore 9-16 5-6 25, Justin Stearns 4-7 0-0 10, Phil Rasmussen 1-2 2-2 5, JaQay Carlyle 1-1 0-0 2, Ari Warmerdam 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Butts 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 24-49 10-12 66.
UC RIVERSIDE (4-8)
Brett Ost 3-5 2-3 9, Rickey Porter 4-7 3-5 14, Steve Williams 4-8 2-2 12, David Jobe 1-1 0-0 2, Vili Morton 8-10 9-16 25, Justin Bell 0-3 0-0 0, Klaus Schille 0-0 3-4 3, Larry Cunningham 0-1 0-0 0, Joel Henning 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-35 19-30 65.
Halftime UCR 36-24. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 8-20 (Abdelsamad 3-9, Stearns 2-4, Moore 2-5, Rasmussen 1-1, Marentez 0-1), UCR 6-12 (Porter 3-6, Williams 2-3, Ost 1-1, Cunningham 0-1, Bell 0-1). Rebounds: UC Davis 22 (Moore 7), UCR 26 (Morton 7). Assists: UC Davis 13 (Butts 5), UCR 15 (Ost/Williams/Jobe 3). Turnovers: UC Davis 10, UCR 15. Fouls: UC Davis 24, UCR 18. Fouled Out: Butts, Jobe. Att.: 715.
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