Aggie Defense Shines In 26-Point Victory Over Cal State L.A.

Junior Phil Rasmussen had 10 points and five rebounds Saturday night at Cal State L.A. (Wayne Tilcock/The Davis Enterprise)
 
Junior Phil Rasmussen had 10 points and five rebounds Saturday night at Cal State L.A. (Wayne Tilcock/The Davis Enterprise)
 

Jan. 31, 2004

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Ryan Moore led nine different Aggies in the scoring column as UC Davis defeated Cal State Los Angeles 64-38 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game Saturday evening at the Eagles Nest.

With the win the Aggies improve to 11-6 on the season, 8-4 in CCAA play. They have now won seven of their last eight games on the season. CSLA falls to 6-11 overall, 3-9 in conference action.

The 38 points allowed by the Aggie defense marks the lowest point total by an opponent since the 1997-98 season, when the Aggies held UC Santa Cruz to 38 in a 76-38 victory.

For the second straight night the Aggies found comfort with their three-point shots. UC Davis led wire-to-wire as it defeated the Golden Eagles for the sixth straight time. Robert Ehsan opened the game with back-to-back jumpers before the three-point barrage hit. Four different Aggies hit from long range in the half, including two each from Moore and Rommel Marentez.

The Aggies matched their biggest lead of the half at 12 when Fowzi Abdelsamad's jumper with :00.5 seconds left gave UC Davis a 31-19 halftime edge.

The Golden Eagles scored the first six points of the second half to cut the lead to six, but it was all UC Davis the rest of the way. The Aggies did not score their first points of the half until the 14:59 mark, but that started a 19-2 run over the next 7:32 to open a 23-point lead. Again it was the long ball as Abdelsamad hit two trey's and Phil Rasmussen added another in the run.

UC Davis ended the night with its biggest lead of the game and held the Golden Eagles to just three field goals over the final 12 minutes.

"I thought we had good ball pressure on defense and did a nice job of containing the lanes," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "Our post defense was also much better tonight against a good post player.

 

 

"Offensively, we are sharing the ball and finding the open players both in the interior and on the perimeter," Stewart continued. "Our offense is predicated on our defensive intensity. You are seeing us play harder for longer periods of time. And it is no different with the starters or bench players in terms of intensity."

After scoring 39 points Friday night against Cal State Dominguez Hills, the bench produced 27 more points tonight, ourscoring the Eagle reserves by 20 points.

Moore finished the night with 12 points to share scoring honors with Abdelsamad. Rasmussen added 10 points and five rebounds while Thomas Juillerat had six points, six rebounds and six assists. The Aggies hot 55 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point range while holding CSLA to just 29 percent field goal shooting and 17 percent from beyond the arc.

UC Davis connected for 10 three-pointers on the night, the second consecutive game they have reached double figures in three-pointers made.

The Golden Eagles were led by Justen Naughton's 12 points and game-high 14 rebounds. Naughton was the only CSLA player in double figures as Calvert Wright was next with seven points.

These same two teams will meet next Friday night at Recreation Hall. Gametime is set for 8 p.m.

UC DAVIS (11-6, 8-4 CCAA)
Robert Ehsan 3-3 0-0 6, Thomas Juillerat 2-3 2-2 6, Phil Rasmussen 4-7 0-1 10, Fowzi Abdelsamad 4-10 2-2 12, Gus Argenal 1-4 0-0 3, JaQay Carlyle 0-0 0-0 0, Rommel Marentez 2-5 1-2 7, Ari Warmerdam 1-1 1-2 4, Ryan Moore 5-9 0-1 12, Anthony Esparza 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Butts 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Schwarz 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 24-44 6-10 64.

CAL STATE LOS ANGELES (6-11, 3-9 CCAA)
Brandon Dalton 2-5 1-1 6, Morgan Smith 1-7 0-0 2, Justen Naughton 3-8 6-9 12, Calvert Wright 2-8 2-2 7, Gary Vasquez 1-2 2-2 4, LeMar Ruffin 2-8 1-2 5, David Conte 0-0 0-0 0, Lynn Grayson 0-0 0-0 0, DeJesus Brown 1-3 0-1 2, Jonathan James 0-0 0-0 0, Daylin Philyaw 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-41 12-17 38.

Halftime: UC Davis 31-19. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 10-21 (Marentez 2-3, Rasmussen 2-4, Moore 2-4, Abdelsamad 2-6, Warmerdam 1-1, Argenal 1-3), CSLA 2-12 (Dalton 1-3, Wright 1-5, Brown 0-1, Smith 0-3). Rebounds: UC Davis 27 (Juillerat 6), CSLA 28 (Naughton 14). Assists: UC Davis 16 (Juillerat 6), CSLA 6 (Smith/Brown 2). Turnovers: UC Davis 11, CSLA 16. Fouls: UC Davis 21, CSLA 18. Fouled Out: None.