Jan. 25, 2003
L A JOLLA, Calif. - Fowzi Abdelsamad scored a career-high 37 points and the Aggies connected on a school-record 16 three-pointers as UC Davis twice rallied from behind in the closing second as UC Davis needed double overtime to defeat UC San Diego, 105-100, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 417 Saturday evening at RIMAC Arena.
With the win the Aggies bring their winning streak to three games and improve to 7-8 on the season, 4-6 in CCAA play while the Tritons fall to 4-11, 3-7 in conference action.
With time running down in the regulation and the Aggies trailing by two, Abdelsamad made a game-tying layup with :17 left. On San Diego's next possession, Triton guard Sean Crawford was called for charging as Abdelsamad stepped in his path, giving UC Davis a chance to win it with :05 left. Dominic Callori's last-second shot from the top of the key bounced strong off the back rim, forcing the first overtime.
The Tritons jumped out quickly in the first OT, racing to a six-point lead in the first minute and a half. UC Davis caught up and took their only lead of the overtime on an Abdelsamad three-pointer with 1:33 left. Down by three following two Crawford free throws with :12 left, the Aggies last chance came down to freshman Jesse Pruitt, who calmly drained a three-pointer from in front of the Aggie bench, sending the game to a second extra period.
In the second overtime the Tritons struck first on a Jordan Watkins jumper, but it would be the last lead they would see. Pruitt's jumper tied the score and then back-to-back field goals by Abdelsamad, the second a three-pointer, gave UC Davis a five-point lead with under 30 seconds to play. A Cameron Jackson field goal cut the lead back to three, but two more Pruitt free throws gave UC Davis the final margin of victory at 105-100.
"Unbelievable," said an utterly speechless Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "We never gave up and the players battled to the end. As it has been in recent games we had someone step up and carry the team. Tonight it was Fowzi and then Pruitt in with the big shot in overtime. I am so proud of this team and the fact that with all that has happened this year, they continue to work hard, never quit, and leave everything on the floor."
Midway through the second half it didn't look as though the Aggies would continue their mini two-game winning streak as they trailed by nine with under nine minutes left. Back-to-back three by Pruitt and Gus Argenal sandwiched a Kyle Moyneur layup and cut the lead to five. One minute later, Abdelsamad connected for another three-pointer to tie the game with 6:12 left. The Tritons would get the lead back to six with under three minutes left, but UC Davis again charged back with a Callori jumper, two Danny Workman free throws and an Abdelsamad layup knotted the score with 1:38 left in regulation.
Abdelsamad's 37 points included seven three-pointers as the Tritons had no answer for the second-year player. Abdelsamad scored 25 points in regulation, seven in the first overtime and five more in the second. This all coming as the Tritons threw one and two defenders at him to no avail.
"Tonight I felt like I could hit any clutch shot," an elated Abdelsamad said afterward. Callori was more direct in praising his teammate.
"That's what Fowzi is capable of doing. There is no one in this league that can guard him."
UC Davis finished the night being outshot and outrebounded by the Tritons, but the key to the victory was turnovers and it was UC Davis winning that battle, 22-12. That included no turnovers in the extra periods.
Callori finished his night with 24 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out in the first overtime. Justin Stearns added 15 points and seven boards before he also fouled out in the first extra period. Pruitt finished with 14 points as the Aggies went over the century mark for the first time since the 1998-99 season. Additionally, the Aggies set a school record with 16 three-pointers while Abdelsamad's 37 points ties for the fifth-highest scoring output in school history.
The Tritons were led by Crawford's 26 points while Watkins added 22 points and five boards. Adam Snyder added 13 points and 10 boards.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it hosts Cal State L.A. at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 8pm.
UC DAVIS (7-8, 4-6 CCAA)
Fowzi Abdelsamad 14-23 2-2 37, Danny Workman 1-3 4-8 6, Dominic Callori 9-17 4-4 24, Gus Argenal 2-7 0-0 6, Justin Stearns 5-12 3-3 15, Jesse Pruitt 4-8 4-4 14, Robert Ehsan 1-2 0-2 3, Jake Reid 0-1 0-0 0, Madison Butts 0-1 0-0 0, Brett Lantz 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 36-74 17-23 105.
UC SAN DIEGO (4-11, 3-7 CCAA)
Kyle Moyneur 1-2 0-0 2, Adam Snyder 5-9 3-5 13, Jordan Watkins 8-10 6-8 22, Cameron Jackson 5-9 5-6 18, Sean Crawford 8-22 6-7 26, C.J. Duffaut 5-9 2-3 14, Matthew Conti 0-0 0-0 0, Matthew Sweany 2-5 0-1 5. TOTALS 34-66 22-30 100.
Halftime: UC San Diego 30-25. Regulation 74-74. First OT 94-94. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 16-34 (Abdelsamad 7-10, Pruitt 2-4, Argenal 2-5, Callori 2-6, Stearns 2-6), UC San Diego (Crawford 4-12, Jackson 3-5, Duffaut 2-4, Sweany 1-2, Moyneur 0-1, Snyder 0-2). Rebounds: UC Davis 35 (Callori 13), UC San Diego 44 (Snyder 10). Assists: UC Davis 15 (Argenal 6), UC San Diego 24 (Four tied with 4). Turnovers: UC Davis 12, UC San Diego 22. Fouls: UC Davis 28, UC San Diego 22. Fouled Out: UC Davis, Callori, Stearns. UC San Diego, Snyder, Duffaut. ATT: 417.