Cold Shooting Hurts Aggies In Loss At Pomona

Feb. 14, 2003

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POMONA, Calif. - Jeff Bonds scored 13 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Aggies went over 11 minutes with just one field goal in the second half as Cal Poly Pomona cruised to a 65-43 victory over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 382 Friday evening at Kellogg Gym.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 9-11 on the season, 6-9 in CCAA play while the Broncos improve to 15-5, 11-4 in conference action.

UC Davis jumped out to an 8-0 lead following back-to-back three pointers from Fowzi Abdelsamad and Justin Stearns. Dominic Callori added a short jumper as the Aggies held their biggest lead of the game. Pomona came charging back, scoring 14 unanswered points over the next four minutes, 23 seconds. The lead would grow to as much as 11 in the half as the Aggies had no answer for Pomona's size. The Broncos starting front line outscored UC Davis' 16-5 as Pomona took a 31-22 lead into halftime.

The second half had much of the same as the Aggies started strong, paced by Justin Stearns' seven points in the first three minutes of the half, but Pomona withstood the charge, exchanging baskets with the Aggies before pulling away midway through the half.

The Pomona lead grew as the Aggies could not find their range from the field. UC Davis would connect on just one field goal over an 11-minute span from the 17:02 mark to inside of six minutes. Gus Argenal stopped the skid momentarily with a three-pointer at the 5:35 mark, but by then the Pomona lead had grown to over 20 points.

The 43 points scored by UC Davis marked its lowest scoring output since early in the 1993-94 season when Oklahoma State handed the Aggies an 85-41 loss.

"We're a perimeter-oriented team and tonight we hit spurts where the shots didn't drop," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "When that happens it's tough for us to score."



Stearns finished the night with a team-high 12 points, the only Aggie to reach double figures. Abdelsamad ended with seven points, snapping a string of five games in which the sophomore had scored 20 or more points.

In additions to Bonds' 13 points, he added team-highs of eight rebounds and four assists, while Jonathan Williams added 11 points for Pomona. Nine different Broncos scored four or more points on the night. UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when they complete the two-game road swing with a 7:30 matchup at Cal State, San Bernardino.