Jan. 31, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Ryan Meilleur scored 26 points, 22 following halftime, and the Toros rallied from three points down in the second overtime as Cal State Dominguez Hills defeated UC Davis, 98-92, in double overtime in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 1,622 Friday evening at Recreation Hall.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 7-9 on the season, 4-7 in CCAA play. Dominguez Hills improves to 5-11 overall, 3-8 in conference action.
With UC Davis trailing by two and time running down in regulation, Justin Stearns drained a three-pointer with :14 left, putting the Aggies up 75-74. On the Toros ensuing possession, Andre' Brown was fouled with :04 left, sinking the first but missing the second, tying the score and forcing overtime.
In the first overtime period their were three lead changes in the opening three minutes before Brown's three gave the Toros an 82-79 lead. But Fowzi Abdelsamad answered with a three of his own, tying the score at 82-82 with :36 left. The Aggies had one last possession in overtime, but Abdelsamad's three bounced off the back iron, sending the game into double overtime. It marked the second consecutive game UC Davis needed two extra periods after defeating UC San Diego, 105-100, last Saturday in La Jolla.
With the score tied at 84-84, Robert Ehsan drilled a long three one minute into the second OT, giving the Aggies a three-point lead. But they could not put the Toros away as UC Davis missed its next three shots, allowing the Toros to tie the game once again. The Aggies held their last lead at 92-91 following another Abdelsamad trey at the 1:04 mark, but that would be all the scoring UC Davis could muster. Dominguez finished the game on a 7-0 run, with the final five points coming at the foul line.
"Our guys played hard and hit big shots all night," said Aggie Assistant Coach Greg Clink. "We had guys come off the bench and step up, but in the end we just gave up too many offensive rebounds and that proved to be the difference."
Abdelsamad led the Aggies with a game-high 34 points, his second consecutive outing of 30-plus points following his career-best 37 at UC San Diego. Abdelsamad added three rebounds and an assist while playing all 50 minutes. Dominic Callori added 19 points and seven rebounds before fouling out midway through the first overtime. Stearns finished with 14 points while freshman Madison Butts added career-bests of 11 points and eight rebounds.
Meilleur led the Toros with 26 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Brown ended his night with 21 points, 15 coming after the intermission. Justin Goree added 19 points while Charles Logan poured in 16 and added six boards. The Toros shot 54 percent on the night and held a decisive 52-29 rebounding edge.
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it hosts Cal State L.A. at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 8pm.
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