Jan. 22, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Ryan Moore scored a game-high 27 points and the Aggies scored the final five points in overtime as UC Davis rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final five minutes to defeat Long Beach State 78-74 Saturday night in front of 2,278 at the Pavilion.
With the win UC Davis improves to 8-9 and records back-to-back victories for the first time this season. Long Beach State drops its eighth-straight contests and falls to 2-15 overall.
Trailing 62-51 with 4:24 left in regulation, the Aggies scored nine straight points as Moore and Fowzi Abdelsamad hit consecutive threes and then Moore converted a three-point play to make it 62-60 at the 2:47 mark. Abdelsamad then sent the game into overtime as he drained a three with :04 seconds left, the closest the Aggies had been since midway through the first half.
Once it overtime, the teams traded baskets until Thomas Juillerat hit a pair of free throws to give UC Davis a 75-74 lead with 1:02 left. Following a 49er turnover, Abdelsamad hit his fourth three-pointer of the contest for the final margin of victory.
The win was UC Davis' sixth of the season when trailing by double-digits and its third win of the year against Big West opponents.
"Our seniors willed us to victory in the second half with their leadership," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. The guys in the locker room all believe we should have success against any opponent."
UC Davis jumped out to 10-2 lead in the opening four minutes and held a five-point lead midway through the half,, but it was all Long Beach State the rest of the half. Jabril Hodges and Kevin Houston did much of the damage, combining for 26 points with Houston hitting a three to give the 49ers a 10-point lead with just over a minute remaining.
Twice in the second half the Aggies cut the lead to six only to see it shoot back to double digits shortly thereafter. Moore scored 15 of his game-high points in the second half and combined with Abdelsamad to lead the late charge. After committing nine turnovers in the first half, UC Davis had only four the rest of the way while turnover 12 49er miscues into 20 points at the other end.
In addition to his 27 points, Moore finished with a team-high six rebounds and three assists, the fourth-straight game he has scored 20 or more points. Abdelsamad ended with 18 points and a career-best five assists while Juillerat added 17.
Long Beach State was led by Hodges 23 while Houston and Shawn Hawkins each had 16. Houston added four boards and a gam-high nine assists.
UC Davis continues its homestand on Monday when it hosts UC Irvine at the Pavilion. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.