Feb. 1, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Dominic Callori scored a season-high 28 points and the Aggie defense held the Golden Eagles scoreless over the final 7:52 as UC Davis defeated Cal State L.A., 76-54, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 2,109 Saturday evening at Rec Hall.
With the win the Aggies improve to 8-9 on the season, 5-7 in CCAA play while Cal State L.A. falls to 6-11 overall, 2-10 in conference action.
The two teams went back-and-forth with the lead in the first half as their were nine lead changes. The Aggies took control towards the end of the first half, holding a seven-point lead with 3:02 to play. Callori's three-pointer made it 32-25, but the Aggies would go cold the rest of the half and CSLA took advantage, scoring the final six points of the half, the last three on a Ronald Johnson trey with :04 left.
Brandon Dalton's jumper to start the second gave the Golden Eagles a brief 33-32 lead, but Justin Stearns answered back for UC Davis as his three put the Aggies back on top for good. The lead grew to eight at the midway point of the second half before CSLA made one final push, getting the lead back to five on a three-pointer from Walker and a Johnson layup with 7:52 left in the game.
It would be the last points by the Golden Eagles all night. On their final 12 possessions, they went 0-8 from the field and committed four turnovers. Just the opposite was happening on the other side of the court. UC Davis made seven of its final 11 shots and did not commit a turnover as they finished the game on a 17-0 run.
"It was really nice to finish the game in the manner we did," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "We needed that for our confidence. Defensively, we did a good job all night, but especially in the second half. And we continue to shoot the ball well from three-point range."
For the game Callori added 12 rebounds to his game-high 28 points, posting his seventh double-double of the season. Fowzi Abdelsamad added 22 points for UC Davis as he continues to shoot the ball well from the field. Abdelsamad has scored 93 points in his last three games, shooting 52 percent from the field (33-59) and a blistering 62 percent from three-point range. Stearns added 11 points and two steals for the Aggies.
UC Davis took advantage of 17 Golden Eagle turnovers which were converted into 17 Aggie points. UC Davis committed 10 turnovers resulting in just four CSLA points.
Johnson, the CCAA's leading scorer, finished with a team-high 23 points while Dalton ended his night with 15 points and five rebounds.
UC Davis continues its four-game homestand next Friday when it hosts San Francisco State at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 8pm.
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