Feb. 7, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Thomas Juillerat scored 18 points to lead four Aggies in double figures as UC Davis raced to a 21-point first-half lead then held on late for the 85-79 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 1,827 Saturday evening at Recreation Hall.
With the win the Aggies improve to 13-6 on the season, 10-4 in CCAA play. UC Davis has won nine of its last 10 and moves into a tie for second in the conference. CSUDH falls to 6-13 overall, 4-10 in conference action.
UC Davis led 7-5 through the first four minutes then scored the next 19 points to take a 26-5 lead midway through the half. Back-to-back three-pointers from Ryan Moore and Fowzi Abdelsamad got things going and two Moore free throws capped it as Moore scored seven points in the stretch.
Eric Crookshank kept the Toros close as he posted a near-double-double in the first half, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 boards. CSUDH never got closer than 12 the rest of the half as Thomas Juillerat scored 11 first-half points to keep the Aggie lead in double digits.
Dominguez made a run in the second half behind its three-point shooting. The Toros hit their first eight threes in the half to keep within striking distance. The lead was down to eight at 57-49 midway through the period and hovered around the 7-10 point range for the next four minutes.
The Toros cut the lead to five at 72-67 following a three from Charles Logan and two Antoine Griffin free throws with just under four minutes remaining. After two Moore free throws, Griffin hit another three to make it 74-70 with 3:25 left. On the next Toro possession Malik Harris' three rimmed in and out and when Abdelsamad hit two free throws on the other end, the lead was back to six.
After scorching the nets for most of the half, the Toros misfired on its next three attempts as UC Davis pushed the lead back to eight with a minute and a half left.
Dominguez was forced to foul late in the game and UC Davis made enough of their chances to keep it a two-possession game the rest of the way. When Saul Lankster's three missed with :11 seconds left, Juillerat grabbed the rebound and the Aggies secured their ninth win in the last 10 games.
"I liked the way we started tonight. We played with great intensity and passion," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. I was also pleased with the way we were able to execute late in the game. We took care of the ball and did a good job getting stops on the defensive end.
"We struggled taking Dominguez out of its rhythm," Stewart continued. "You have to give them credit, they had good flow in the second half and we didn't establish our defensive identity."
Juillerat's 18 points were one off his season-high while Moore finished with 17 points and three assists. Abdelsamad added 15 points while Robert Ehsan added a career-high-tying 13 points. The Aggies took advantage of 16 Toro turnovers that were converted into 21 points at the other end.
Crookshank had a big night for Dominguez Hills, finishing with 18 points and 15 boards. Griffin led all scorers with 23 while Geovanny Aispuro added 12 and Harris 13 with seven boards.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it faces the Gators of San Francisco State in San Francisco. Gametime is set for 8 p.m.
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