Jan. 24, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Chris Tabarez recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and the Gators snapped the Aggies five-game winning streak as San Francisco State defeated UC Davis, 68-59, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 3,249 Saturday night at Recreation Hall.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 9-6 on the season, 6-4 in conference action. They also suffer their first home loss of the season and seven straight wins. San Francisco State improves to 7-7 on the year, 5-5 in CCAA play.
The Gators jumped out first, taking a seven-point lead in the opening six and a half minutes. Tabarez scored six early points as SF State raced to a 17-10 lead. UC Davis responded to take its own lead six minutes later following a Ryan Moore jumper to make it 21-19, Aggies.
It was an even half as there were five ties and seven lead changes in the opening 20 minutes. The Gators made the most of their opportunities, shooting a blazing 65 percent from the field on 13 of 20 attempts. Their final basket of the half came from Ryan Cleaves, whose jumper with :03 seconds left put the Gators up 34-32 heading into halftime.
In the second half SF State scored the first basket and the lead never dipped below four the rest of the way. The Gators' shooting cooled off, but only slightly. They connected on 50 percent of their second-half shots and had an answer for each Aggie rally.
With under five minutes to play, two Ari Warmerdam free throws cut the lead to 54-49. The Aggies had three more shots on their next two possessions to cut it to three, but they did not convert and when Cleaves converted on a layup at the other end, the lead was back to seven.
Late in the game the Aggies were forced to foul and the Gators converted on their end. They made all 10 of their free throw attempts in the final minute to preserve the victory and hand UC Davis its first loss in its last six outings.
"We were beat in every facet of the game," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "They controlled the tempo all night and we were never able to get into a rhythm. They played harder than we did and they deserved it."
Moore came off the bench to lead the Aggies with 16 points and eight rebounds. Robert Ehsan added 10 points as the only other Aggie in double figures.
Tabarez finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead five Gators in double figures. Matt Otten added 16 while Cleaves finished with 12 and two assists. The Gators ended their night shooting 57.5 percent from the field and 90.9 percent from the free throw line.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it faces Cal State Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles. Gametime is set for 7:30 p.m.
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