Feb. 5, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Rickey Porter scored 14 points and the Highlanders made their final eight field goals of the contest as UC Riverside earned its first road victory of the season with a 59-50 victory over UC Davis in a men's nonconference basketball game Saturday evening at the Pavilion.
With the loss the Aggies drop their fourth straight and fall to 8-13. UC Riverside improves to 8-12 overall and break an eight-game skid on the road.
Following a first half in which the Aggies shot just 30 percent from the field, they came out and missed seven of their first eight attempts in the second half. Despite the poor shooting, UC Davis trailed by only two midway through the half and tied the game at 34-34 when Ari Warmerdam converted one of two free throws with eight minutes, 50 seconds left. The free throw capped a 6-1 run by UC Davis and it appeared the Aggies had momentum in their favor.
Three straight Highlanders jumpers over the next two minutes pushed the lead back to six. Thomas Juillerat, who led all scorers with 15 points on the night, converted a three-point play with 3:20 left, but the Aggies drew no closer. Porter's three-point play on Riverside's next possession started a 7-0 run as the lead jumped back to nine and did not did below six the rest of the way. With the Aggies forced to foul, the Highlanders made four of five free throws in the final minute to secure the win and avenge a loss to UC Davis last month in Riverside.
"Riverside did an excellent job of being aggressive, aggressive at the defense end," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "Tonight they backed us on our heels and we didn't execute offensively.
"The last five minutes we didn't get any stops, any defensive rebounds, which put pressure on our offense," Stewart continued.
UC Davis struggled to find its shooting touch all night. The Aggies shot a season-low 31.4 percent from the field, making just 16 of 51 attempts. From three-point range, where UC Davis has lived the last five games, the Aggies hit just 3 of 19 shots.
Unlike the last meeting between the two teams when UC Davis made all the shots late, the Highlanders were the team with momentum. UC Riverside made its final eight shots of the contest to finish the night shooting 50 percent from the field.
In addition to Juillerat, Ryan Moore was the only other Aggie in double figures, scoring 11 points to go with his game-high seven rebounds. UC Riverside had three players in double figures as Larry Cunningham scored 12 and Klaus Schille finished the night with 10 to go with Porter's 14.
UC Davis is next in action on Monday when it hosts Cal State Fullerton at the Pavilion. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.
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