Jan. 24, 2003
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Dominic Callori and Justin Stearns each recorded double-doubles, and the Aggies shot 60 percent from the field in the second half as they rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to defeat Grand Canyon, 79-68, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game Friday evening at Antelope Gym.
With the victory the Aggies win consecutive games for the first time this season and improve to 6-8 overall, 3-6 in CCAA play. Grand Canyon falls to 6-8 on the season, 4-5 in conference action.
The Aggies came out strong, jumping to a six-point lead early in the contest as Callori scored six quick points. They would hold the lead until midway through the period when the Antelopes went on an 11-2 run over the next 3:25. They would hold the lead for the remainder of the half, but the Aggies made it difficult as Callori seemed to single-handedly carry UC Davis. He scored 15 points in the opening 15 minutes before picking up his third foul and watching the rest of the half from the bench. Then Aggies would keep the gqame close as they entered halftime trailing 36-32.
In the second half it was all UC Davis. After shooting 47 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, the Aggies found the range as they lit up the scoreboard, and it was Stearns who seemed to make every clutch shot. Midway through the half UC Davis was clinging to a three-point lead when Stearns' jumper pushed to margin to five. Two minutes later, a Stearns layup followed by another three-pointer pushed the Aggie lead to 12 with just over six minutes left.
Grand Canyon would never seriously threaten again as the lead remained in double-digits until late in the game when the Antelopes connected on a three-pointer and two free throws, bringing the lead down to seven. But with time running short they were forced to foul and UC Davis responded by making five of six free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Defensively the Aggies held the Antelopes to just 38 percent shooting in the second half as they controlled the boards. UC Davis outrebounded Grand Canyon 21-12 in the second half with Stearns grabbing seven in the period. They also limited the Antelopes to just four second-half offensive rebounds after surrendering 11 in the first period.
"We're getting better," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "This team continues to battle every night and just wants to improve each game. We got a great effort from our bench tonight and different people continue to step up and play a big role for us." For the game Callori finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Stearns added 19 points and a career-best 12 boards. Fowzi Abdelsamad contributed 21 points, five boards and four steals as the Antelopes had no match for him, resulting in Abdelsamad's eight trips to the foul line.
The Aggies concluded the night by shooting 53 percent from the field and 55 percent from three-point range.
For Grand Canyon, Del Somers led the way with 20 points while John Janssen finished with 14 points and 13 boards. They were the only Antelopes to finish in double figures.
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it continues its road trip with a meeting against UC San Diego. Gametime is set for 7:30pm.
UC DAVIS (6-8, 3-6 CCAA)
Fowzi Abdelsamad 6-11, 7-8 21, Gus Argenal 0-2 0-0 0, Justin Stearns 8-17 0-1 19, Dominic Callori 11-17, 0-1 23, Danny Workman 3-3 3-4 9, Jesse Pruitt 0-1 0-0 0, Robert Ehsan 1-4, 2-2 4, Jake Reid 0-0 2-2 2, Brett Lantz 0-0 1-2 1. TOTALS 29-55 15-20 79.
GRAND CANYON (6-8, 4-5 CCAA)
Delano Somers 8-15 3-4 20, Jabari Riggins 1-4 2-2 5, Sean Harris 4-9 0-0 8, Dante Garner 3-7 0-0 6, John Janssen 6-16 2-4 14, Ronnie Newman 1-3 0-0 2, Will Polk 2-4 0-0 5, Garrett Brown 1-2 0-0 3, Frank Carranza 2-4 0-0 5, Terrance Stroman 0-3 0-0 0. TOTALS 28-67 7-10 68.
Halftime: GCU 36-32. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 6-11 (Stearns 3-4, Abdelsamad 2-3, Callori 1-3, Pruitt 0-1), GCU 5-17 (Carranza 1-2, Brown 1-2, Somers 1-2, Polk 1-3, Riggins 1-3, Harris 0-1, Garner 0-1, Hanssen 0-1, Newman 0-2). Rebounds: UC Davis 37 (Stearns 12), GCU 32 (Janssen 13). Assists: UC Davis 12 (Callori/Workman 3), GCU 13 (Polk 4). Turnovers: UC Davis 15, GCU 13. Fouls: UC Davis 16, GCU 16. Fouled Out: UC Davis Callori. ATT: 207.