Second Half Rally Falls Shorts As Pacific Stops UC Davis, 70-64

Jan. 31, 2005

Box Score

STOCKTON, Calif. - Christian Maraker scored 19 points and the Tigers used a 20-11 run over the final four minutes as Pacific escaped with a 70-64 victory over UC Davis in a nonconference men's basketball game in front of 4,737 Monday evening at the Spanos Center.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 8-12 on the season while Pacific wins its 12th straight to improve to 16-2.

After trailing by seven at halftime, the Aggies clawed its way back into the game, sparked by Ryan Moore and the three-point shot. Moore opened the second half with back-to-back threes and scored the Aggies' first 10 points. Midway through the half the Pacific lead was shaved to one following a Fowzi Abdelsamad three, making it 42-41, with 11:49 remaining.

After trading baskets over the next seven minutes, Maraker hit a three and followed with another long jumper to push the lead to seven with 2:15 left. Pacific made six free throws over the final two minutes to preserve the victory. In all, the Tigers made 16-of-21 free throws on the night compared to just four free throw attempts for the Aggies.

With six comeback wins to their credit this season, it looked as though UC Davis might make Pacific its seventh victim as the Aggies outworked the Tigers in the second half. UC Davis had more assists, more steals and committed fewer turnovers, but never got over the hump as Maraker and Jasko Korajkic hit keys shots to keep Pacific in the lead.

The Aggies jumped out early and did so behind the long ball. Three of the Aggies' first four field goals, and four of the first six, were three-pointers, including two from Thomas Juillerat. UC Davis led through the opening six minutes, building a 16-12 lead, but that was it as the Aggies missed their next eight shots. By the time Juillerat scored their next basket, the four-point lead and turned into a seven-point deficit at 25-18.



Pacific put together a 13-0 run over an eight-minute stretch and increased it to 19-4 as the Tigers held their biggest lead of the half at 31-20, with 2:51 remaining.

Rebounding told the story in the first 20 minutes as the Tigers held a commanding 19-6 advantage on the boards. They limited the Aggies to one shot a possession as all six Aggie rebounds came on the defensive end. The second half was a different story as UC Davis narrowed that gap to 18-14, including 10 offensive boards, six by Juillerat, that led to 11 points.

For the game Moore led all scorers with 24 points, his eighth 20-plus outing of the season. Juillerat finished with his best game of the season, with 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists while Abdelsamad ended his night with 14 points. The Aggies shot 46 percent from the field and finished the night with 11 three-pointers, the fourth time in the last five games UC Davis has hit double-digits.

In addition to his 19 points, Maraker added nine rebounds and three blocks. Guillaume Yango added 14 points, 11 boards and four blocks as the Tigers blocked 10 shots all told, the highest by an Aggie opponent all season.

UC Davis is next in action on Saturday when it hosts UC Riverside at the Pavilion. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.

UC DAVIS (8-12)
JaQay Carlyle 0-2 0-0 0, Ryan Moore 10-17 0-0 24, Rommel Marentez 3-8 0-0 8, Fowzi Abdelsamad 5-13 1-2 14, Robert Ehsan 0-0 0-0 0, Justin Stearns 1-4 0-0 2, Thomas Juillerat 6-9 2-2 16, Ryan Schwarz 0-0 0-0 0, Ari Warmerdam 0-1 0-0 0, Madison Butts 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 3-4 22.

PACIFIC (16-2)
Christian Maraker 8-11 0-0 19, Tyler Newton 2-3 0-0 4, Guillaume Yango 6-11 2-2 14, Marko Mihailovic 0-3 4-9 4, David Doubley 2-6 2-2 7, Johnny Gray 1-3 0-0 3, Mike Webb 2-5 0-0 4, Jasko Korajkic 3-4 4-4 11, Matt Kemper 0-2 4-4 4. Totals 24-48 16-21 70.

Halftime: Pacific 31-24. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 11-25 (Moore 4-7, Abdelsamad 3-8, Juillerat 2-2, Marentez 2-4, Warmerdam 0-1, Stearns 0-1, Carlyle 0-2), UOP 6-17 (Maraker 3-4, Korajkic 1-2, Gray 1-2, Doubley 1-3, Newton 0-1, Webb 0-3). Rebounds: UC Davis 20 (Juillerat 9), UOP 37 (Yango 11). Assists: UC Davis 14 (Marentez 5), UOP 14 (Doubley 5). Turnovers: UC Davis 11, UOP 15. Fouls: UC Davis 22, UOP 10. Fouled Out: Juillerat. Att.: 4,737.