Feb. 7, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Fowzi Abdelsamad's off-balance shot with four seconds left in overtime proved to be the game-winner as UC Davis rallied from five points down in the extra period to defeat San Francisco State, 68-66, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 2,147 Friday evening at Rec Hall.
With the win the Aggies even their season record at 9-9, 6-7 in CCAA play while the Gators fall to 8-10, 6-7 in conference action.
The Gators scored the first five points of overtime and led 64-59, with 2:49 left. Abdelsamad cut the lead to two following a three-point play with just over two minutes remaining. Two more Abdelsamad free throws tied the game at 64-64 with 1:50 left before Justin Stearns' connected on a baseline jumper with 1:02 to go, giving UC Davis the lead.
With :26 left, Gator center Taylor Bro converted two free throws, evening the score once again, but with :26 left the Aggies had the final possession. With time running down, Abdelsamad drove left along the baseline before being stopped just outside the key. He turned in and lofted an off-balance shot that kissed off the backboard and in with :04 to play. The Gators half-court shot at the buzzer fell short and UC Davis came away with its third overtime victory in four games this season.
"Fowzi made a big play when we needed it most," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "He carried us in the second half tonight. Justin also hit a big shot for us in overtime which gave us our first lead in overtime.
"We didn't shoot the ball well tonight, but we battled," Fogel continued
UC Davis looked to be in control beginning the second half as they rallied from six points down in the opening 10 minutes to take an eight-point lead into halftime. Dominic Callori, who struggled from the field in the first half, making only two of nine shots, converted all six of his free throw attempts and grabbed seven boards in the opening 20 minutes to lead UC Davis.
The Aggies held the lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half before Mike Dyer's three-pointer at the 8:24 mark gave the Gators a two-point edge. They would hold on to the lead until Abdelsamad drained a three of his own at the 2:26 mark, knotting the score at 59-59. It proved to be the last basket in regulation as the Aggies had a chance to win it in regulation, but turned the ball over with :01 left, forcing overtime.
For the game Abdelsamad finished with 24 points, his fifth-straight contest of 20-plus scoring. Callori ended his night with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Stearns added 16 points. Danny Workman grabbed a career-high 11 boards for the Aggies.
San Francisco State was led by Steven Hankle's 19 points, while Bro finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Dyer closed with 14 points and four assists.
UC Davis conclude's its four-game homestand with a meeting against Sonoma State tomorrow night. Gametime is set for 8pm.
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