Argenal Ties Assist Record As Aggies Defeat UC San Diego

Jan. 16, 2004

LA JOLLA, Calif. - Fowzi Abdelsamad scored 21 points to lead three Aggies in double figures as UC Davis defeated UC San Diego, 74-67, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball game Friday night at RIMAC Arena.

With the win the Aggies improve to 7-5 on the season, 4-3 in CCAA play while winning their third straight contest. UC San Diego falls to 4-8 on the season, 4-3 in conference action.

The lead went back and forth in the opening minutes before Abdelsamad took over midway through the period. Trailing 13-11 at the eight minute mark, Abdelsamad scored 11-straight Aggie points, nine coming from behind the three-point arc, as UC Davis jumped to a 22-15 lead. UC Davis extended the lead to 34-20 in the final minutes of the half before Jesse Boyd's layup at the 1:25 mark closed out the scoring with UC Davis taking a 34-22 leading into halftime.

Senior Gus Argenal controlled play for UC Davis in the half, dishing out 10 assists in the opening 20 minutes. UC Davis also took advantage of 11 Tritons turnovers in the half which converted into 17 Aggie points.

After the Tritons scored the first five points of the second half, the Aggies responded with 10 straight, the last five by Phil Rasmussen, to take a 44-27 lead. Brandon Francis kept the Tritons in the contest as he scored 22 second-half points, hitting five of 10 three-pointers as UC San Diego trimmed the Aggie lead to four late in the contest.

The Aggies made their last field goal at the 4:32 mark, a three from Abdelsamad. It was free throws the rest of the way as the Aggies hit 10 of 12 over the final 1:02 to close out the game. Freshman Rommel Marentez, who had no points in the first half, scored nine of his 13 points in the half at the free throw line, six in the :43 seconds.



"We played with great intensity for most of the first half, but we didn't have that same commitment to defend in the second," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "We couldn't put them away and that's a credit to UC San Diego, they played with great passion.

"I thought Gus was sensational tonight," Stewart continued. "He played 37 minutes and had 13 assists and only one turnover. You can't ask for anything more."

Argenal finished the contest with a school-record-tying 13 assists and moved into eighth place on the all-time list. Rasmussen ended the night with his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Marentez finished with 13 points.

Francis led all scorers with 24 points while Boyd finished with 22 points and eight rebounds. Adam Reinking added eight points and 10 rebounds for the Tritons.

UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it travels to Phoenix to face Grand Canyon University in a CCAA contest. Gametime is set for 7 p.m. PST.

UC DAVIS (7-5, 4-3 CCAA)
Fowzi Abdelsamad 7-15 5-9 21, Robert Ehsan 3-10 2-2 8, Thomas Juillerat 1-4 2-2 4, Gus Argenal 2-4 0-0 6, Rommel Marentez 2-11 9-9 13, Phil Rasmussen 4-9 2-4 12, JaQay Carlyle 0-0 0-0 0, Ari Warmerdam 2-4 1-2 6, Ryan Schwarz 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 23-60 18-21 74.

UC SAN DIEGO (4-8, 4-3 CCAA)
Parker Berling 0-4 0-0 0, Brandon Francis 8-17 3-3 24, Jesse Boyd 11-18 0-3 22, Adam Reinking 2-5 4-6 8, Matthew Sweany 3-5 1-2 9, Zach Zanolli 0-0 0-0 0, Nate Chandra 1-1 0-0 2, Robby Peters 0-2 0-0 0, Matthew Conti 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 25-53 10-16 67.

Halftime: UC Davis 34-22. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 10-24 (Abdelsamad 5-9, Argenal 2-4, Rasmussen 2-6, Warmerdam 1-3, Marentez 0-1, Ehsan 0-1), UCSD 7-15 (Francis 5-10, Sweany 2-3, Peters 0-1, Reinking 0-1). Rebounds: UC Davis 33 (Rasmussen 13), UCSD 38 (Reinking 10). Assists: UC Davis 20 (Argenal 13), UCSD 13 (Berling 4). Turnovers: UC Davis 11, UCSD 19. Fouls: UC Davis 18, UCSD 20. Fouled Out: Sweany. Att. 601.