Jan. 17, 2003
TURLOCK, Calif. - Jeff Davenport scored 21 second half points and then hit the game-winning three with :13.9 left as Cal State Stanislaus battled back from a 19-point halftime deficit to defeat UC Davis, 76-74, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball game Friday evening in front of 1,423 at Warrior Gym.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 4-8 on the season, 1-6 in CCAA play while the Warriors improve to 9-5, 4-3 in conference action.
After seeing their lead stripped and then falling behind by seven with just over five minutes left, the Aggies responded with a 12-4 run in the next three minutes, regaining the lead at 72-70 following a three-point basket from Dominic Callori. Ira Taylor's layup tied the score with 1:08 left before Brett Lantz followed a Fowzi Abdelsamad missed three with a put back tip-in, giving UC Davis a 74-72 lead with :33 to go.
As Davenport dribbled out on the arc, his defender fell down during contact, leaving him wide open and he drained the trey for a one-point lead at 75-74 with :13.9 left. UC Davis had one final chance with :06.3 left as they inbounded the ball from underneath their own basket. The inbound pass intended for Callori at the top of the key was too high and the turnover and ensuing Aggie foul put Taylor at the line with a one-point lead and three seconds left. He converted the first, missed the second, and on the rebound the ball squirted loose as time expired, giving the Warriors the victory.
"I thought the first half we were as good as we can be," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "Our energy and effort were outstanding all night, our bench gave us a big spark and everyone contributed tonight. We were the aggressor in the first half but didn't carry that over to the second and that was the big difference."
Stanislaus came out in the second half and scored the first five points, cutting a 19-point halftime deficit to 14 in the first three minutes. Callori ended the run with a jumper to get UC Davis going in the second half, but the Aggies could not put consecutive field goals together as Stanislaus continued its attack.
After shooting just 32 percent in the first half, the Warriors connected on nine of their first 13 shots in the second, 69 percent, as the lead was cut to five in the first nine minutes. Davenport sparked the run as he scored 10 straight points in one stretch, including two from long range after the Warriors made just one of 15 attempts in the first half.
A Davenport three at the 8:50 mark capped a 21-5 run and gave Stanislaus its first lead since early in the game at 58-55, with 9:34 remaining. Leading by one at 58-57, Warrior center Mesut Ademoglu took over. After just two points in the first half, Ademoglu scored eight straight Warrior points as the lead grew to seven at 66-59 with just over five minutes remaining.
UC Davis came out and took the game to the Warriors to start the night. After trailing 7-2 early, the Aggies went on a 12-0 run as Justin Stearns scored eight of his 10 first-half points in the three-minute stretch. UC Davis would increase the lead to 30-15 midway through the half and take its biggest lead of the game at 46-25, following a Callori soft jumper inside the paint with 36 seconds left in the half.
For the night, Callori finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season. Stearns finished with 12 points and Abdelsamad added 10. UC Davis finished the night shooting 51 percent from the field after a blistering 57 percent in the first half.
Davenport finished his night with 27 points and seven boards to lead the comeback. Jamal O'Quinn added 13 points while Bernard McIntosh added nine points and 13 rebounds. Stanislaus shot 61 percent in the second half, including six three-pointers, as they defeat the Aggies for just the second time in the last 12 meetings.
UC Davis is next in action on Saturday when they travel to face Cal State Bakersfield in another CCAA contest. Gametime is set for 7:30pm.
UC DAVIS (4-8, 1-6 CCAA)
Danny Workman 1-3 3-4 5, Dominic Callori 11-18 0-0 25, Fowzi Abdelsamad 4-9 1-2 10, Gus Argenal 0-1 0-0 0, Justin Stearns 4-12 2-2 12, Jesse Pruitt 3-5 0-0 7, Robert Ehsan 1-3 0-0 3, Jake Reid 1-1 0-0 3, Madison Butts 1-1 0-0 2, Brett Lantz 3-4 1-3 7. Totals 29-57 7-11 74.
CAL STATE STANISLAUS (9-5, 4-3 CCAA)
Skyler Wilson 3-10 0-0 8, Jamal O'Quinn 6-12 0-0 13, Bernard McIntosh 4-7 1-2 9, Ira Taylor 3-5 1-2 7, Jeff Davenport 10-19 3-4 27, Casey Keegan 0-3 0-1 0, Joe Fitzgerald 0-2 0-0 0, Mesut Ademoglu 3-7 6-7 12. Totals 29-65 11-16 76.
Halftime: UC Davis 46-27. Three-point field goals - UC Davis 9-18 (Callori 3-5, Stearns 2-4, Pruitt 1-3, Ehsan 1-2, Abdelsamad 1-2, Reid 1-1, Argenal 0-1), CSUS 7-29 (Davenport 4-10, Wilson 2-7, O'Quinn 1-5, Keegan 0-3, Ademoglu 0-2, McIntosh 0-1, Taylor 0-1). Rebounds - UC Davis 28 (Callori 13), CSUS 40 (McIntosh 13). Assists - UC Davis 12 (Argenal 3), CSUS 15 (Wilson 6). Turnovers - UC Davis 13, CSUS 13. Fouls - UC Davis 16, CSUS 12. Fouled out - none. Attendance - 1,423.
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