Jan. 29, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Davin White scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures while the Matador defense forced the Aggies into 25 turnovers as Cal State Northridge defeated UC Davis, 94-72, in a nonconference men's basketball game Saturday night at the Pavilion.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 8-11 on the season while Cal State Northridge improves to 10-9.
Cal State Northridge entered the game leading the nation in forced turnovers and second in steals. It held true to form in both categories as the Matadors tuned 25 Aggies turnovers into 35 points. Their 16 steals also marked an Aggie opponent season-high.
Early on the teams traded baskets as their were six lead changes in the opening eight minutes. UC Davis held a 15-14 lead following a JaQay Carlyle baseline jumper at the 12-minute mark, but it was all Matadors from then on. Offensively, Northridge controlled the pace of the game from midway through the first half, pushing the ball at every opportunity. It resulted in eight fastbreak points in the half. The Aggies struggled with Northridge's trapping defense, as made evident by their season-high turnovers. The result was an 18-0 run as Northridge built a 36-17 lead.
The Matadors went from defense to offense better than any team the Aggies have faced this season. Pressuring UC Davis into 15 first-half turnovers, Northridge converted those into 21 points at the other end. By the end of the half Northridge held a 47-32 lead, shooting a blazing 68 percent from the field.
Once the lead reached double digits midway through the first half it never came back for the Aggies as the Matadors continued their pressure defense throughout the contest. It was a total team effort for Northridge as all 10 players scored. The Matador bench played a big role, outscoring the Aggie reserves 39-29.
A few times in the second half the Aggies looked as though they might make a charge following three-pointers from Ryan Moore and Justin Stearns, but each comeback fell short. UC Davis never drew closer than 15 in the second half as Northridge continued its hot shooting, hitting 63 percent in the half to finish the night at 65.5 percent.
"We just never got started and that's a credit to Cal State Northridge," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "They took us out of what we wanted to do and we just didn't compete at the level needed when playing a game of this magnitude."
The Aggies were led in the contest by Fowzi Abdelsamad, who scored a game-high 25 points, many at the foul line where he made 14-of-15 attempts. It marked the third time in the last four games Abdelsamad has reached the 20-point plateau. Moore was the only other scorer in double figures with 13. The Aggies shot 39 percent from the field and made 9-of-24 three-point attempts, the first time in the last four games they have failed to reach double-digits in that category.
In addition to White's 19 points, he added six assists and three steals while Ian Boyland poured in 17 points to go with four assists and six steals. The Matadors did much of their damage in the paint, where they held a huge 56-18 edge over UC Davis, many coming off Aggie turnovers. The 94 points was a season-high for an Aggie opponent.
UC Davis is next in action on Monday when it travels to Stockton for a showdown against the University of the Pacific. Gametime is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on Comcast Sports Net.