Feb. 12, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Seniors Fowzi Abdelsamad and Ryan Moore combined for 34 points and the Aggies matched a season-high with 13 three-pointers as UC Davis defeated Cal Poly 85-65 in a men's nonconference basketball game on Senior Night at the Pavilion.
With the win the Aggies improve the 10-14 overall, the 22nd consecutive season they have reached double-figure wins. Cal Poly drops its third straight and falls to 4-17.
On an emotionally charged night with five Aggies playing their final home game, UC Davis took the lead on a Robert Ehsan three in the opening minutes and never let it go. Seven three-pointers in the first half had the Aggies up 16 at intermission. One of those, Moore's only field goal behind the arc, gave him 1,000 career points, only the 13th player in school history to reach the milestone. Abdelsamad's second three of the half in the closing minute gave UC Davis the 42-26 halftime advantage.
UC Davis extended a 14-11 lead to 24-11 over a three minute stretch midway through the period as four different Aggies scored in the run, capped by a Phil Rasmussen three. The Mustangs closed to within seven with just under five minutes remaining, but a 15-6 run to close the period gave the Aggies their biggest lead of the half.
Cal Poly opened the second half on a 21-9 run over the first seven minutes as the lead was cut to four at 51-47. Mike Titchenal did much of the damage scoring eight of his game-high 20 points in that stretch. Rommel Marentez answered with back-to-back threes, part of his 14 points on the night, to ignite a 12-0 Aggie run over the next two minutes as the lead drew back to 16.
The Mustangs made one more push, getting it back to an eight-point deficit with five minutes left, but another Aggie run, this time 17-5 to close the game, gave UC Davis it's largest lead of the night as time expired.
The Aggie seniors, who started as a unit for the first time this season, combined for 48 points on the evening. That left two regular starters, Marentez and Thomas Juillerat, as the main contributors to the season-best 37 points from the bench. The Aggies shot 49 percent from the field and a blazing 48 percent from three-point range.
Cal Poly was led by Titchenal's 20 and six rebounds, while Andrew Haskins added 12 points as the only other player in double figures. The Mustangs shot 52 percent on the night, the third time this season they have shot over 50 percent and came away on the losing end. Turnovers plagued the Mustangs as the Aggies turned 20 Cal Poly miscues into 23 points at the other end.
UC Davis is next in action on Saturday when it heads south to face UC Irvine. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.
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