Feb. 13, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Ryan Moore scored a game-high 26 points and the Aggies avenged their only loss in the last 11 games as UC Davis held on late to defeat San Francisco State 62-59 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game Friday night at Main Gym.
With the win the Aggies improve to 14-6 on the season, 11-4 in the CCAA. S.F. State falls to 9-10 overall, 7-8 in conference action.
San Francisco State handed UC Davis its only loss since early January when it defeated the Aggies three weeks ago in Davis. On Friday, the Aggies never let the Gators gain the upper hand. UC Davis controlled the boards, limiting San Francisco State to 23 rebounds, only four on the offensive end.
The Aggies led the entire second half until Ryan Cleaves' layup with two minutes, four seconds left gave the Gators a 57-56 lead. On the next possession, Robert Ehsan drained a baseline jumper to put the Aggies back in the lead for good. Moore's driving layup on the next possession as the shot clock was winding down gave UC Davis a three-point lead with :36 seconds left.
After two Mychal Lynch free throws cut the lead to one, Fowzi Abdelsamad was fouled and missed the front end of the one-and-one. Moore grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled and converted one of two for the two-point lead.
Lynch missed a three on the other end and Moore grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He made one of two for the three-point lead with :04.6 left. On their final possession, the Gators got the ball to Cleaves who dribbled the length of floor and let go with a three that fell short, giving UC Davis the victory.
"This feels great," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "I have to tip my hat to both teams. It was a toe-to-toe slugfest. At the end of the game and down one, we found Robert and he knocks down the big shot. Our defense was outstanding the last minute and a half tonight.
"I am really proud of all the guys," Stewart continued. "They were all warriors tonight. Andy I can't say enough good things about Ryan Moore and the contributions he gives us."
Moore scored 13 of the Aggies' final 15 points in the contest to finish with 26, his second-highest output this season. Abdelsamad finished his night with 11 points and five boards while Gus Argenal led the team with seven rebounds. The Aggies hot only 48 percent from the field, but limited the Gators to just 44 shots on the night by controlling the tempo of the game and limiting their second-chance opportunities.
San Francisco State was paced by Chris Tabarez' 19 points and six boards. Matt Otten finished with 11 points, but missed two free throws late in the contest that would have tied the game.
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it faces Sonoma State in Rohnert Park. Gametime is set for 8 p.m.