Feb. 8, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Center Chris Oliver scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds and the Seawolves outscored the Aggies 38-22 in the paint as Sonoma State defeated UC Davis, 67-59 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 2,419 Saturday evening at Rec Hall.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 9-10 on the season, 6-8 in conference action. Sonoma wins for the first time at Rec Hall since the 1996-97 season and improves to 13-6 overall, 10-4 in CCAA play.
The 6-10 Oliver was too much for the Aggies on the block. He scored 14 points in the first half as the Seawolves led by as many as 11 in the opening period. Holding the double-digit lead with just under three minutes to play, the Aggies mounted a rally and outscored Sonoma 10-4 to close the half trailing by five at 33-28. Fowzi Abdelsamad led the charge as he hit back-to-back three pointers and added two late free throws to close the half.
In the second half the Aggies would get close but could never get over the hump. The lead would hover around four points for much of the period as neither team could string a run together. Late in the game the Seawolves held a two-point lead with time running down on the shot clock. Guard Kevin Christensen hit his only basket of the game, a 15-foot jumper, giving Sonoma a four-point cushion with 1:31 left. On the ensuing possession Justin Stearns' three-pint shot went half way down before coming out, and with it any chance for an Aggie victory.
UC Davis would miss its final three shots while Sonoma sank four free throws in the final 10 seconds to secure the win.
"Our kids never gave up," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "It wasn't pretty, but we kept fighting and scrapping all night. We played hard but just have to get back into a rhythm offensively."
Abdelsamad finished the night with a team-high 21 points, his sixth-straight game of over 20 points. Dominic Callori added 13 points and 12 rebounds while Stearns was the only other Aggie in double figures with 12 points. UC Davis, which entered the night shooting 42 percent from three-point range, managed to connect on just 29 percent of its shots from beyond the arc.
In addition to Liver, Deonta Dorrough and Trevor Howe each scored 14 points for the Seawolves, who win for the sixth times in its last seven contests. Sonoma shot 53 percent from the field while holding UC Davis for 43 percent shooting.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it faces Cal Poly Pomona in a road contest in Pomona. Gametime is set for 7:30pm.
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