Clutch Shooting Leads UC Irvine Past Aggies, 77-66

Feb. 19, 2005

Box Score

IRVINE, Calif. - Jeff Gloger scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures, and the Anteaters shot 55 percent in the second half as UC Irvine held on for a 77-66 victory over UC Davis in a men's basketball game Saturday evening at the Bren Events Center.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 10-15 on the season while the Anteaters improve to 12-11.

UC Irvine led the entire second half but the Aggies made it interesting late. Trailing by 11 with just under five minutes remaining, the Aggies cut the lead to seven on back-to-back jumpers from Madison Butts. Two minutes later Fowzi Abdelsamad hit his only three-pointer of the game to again make it a seven-point deficit, but Aaron Fitzgerald hit a three with the shot clock winding down to push the lead back to 10 with 1:53 left.

UC Davis appeared ready to make a run at the lead several times in the second half, but each time the Anteaters responded with big shots. Gloger scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the second half as UC Irvine connected on 55 percent of its second-half attempts and 53 percent for the game.

UC Davis received a huge second-half lift from Butts, who scored all 12 of his season-high points after intermission. Butts kept the Aggies close and gave them their best low-post presence, making 6-of-7 shots, all from in close.

"The ball just didn't bounce our way tonight," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "We couldn't get a big rebound or a loose ball, and not from a lack of effort, it just didn't go our way.

"I thought we got an outstanding effort from our bench tonight. I'm happy with the contribution we got from everyone of the bench," Stewart continued.

After trading baskets early in the contest it looked as though UC Irvine might pull away, opening up a 10-point lead midway through the first half. The Aggies chipped away and never let the lead get too far out of hand. Trailing by six at 23-17 with just over six minutes left in the first half, the Aggies went on a 10-3 run to take their last lead of the game at 27-26. Justin Stearns hit back-to-back threes and Thomas Juillerat followed with a layin to cap the run. The Anteaters scored the next six points to recapture the lead for good.



Irvine opened the second half on an 11-2 run to extend the lead to 13, putting the Aggies in too deep a hole to escape.

Marentez led UC Davis with 16 points on the night with six boards and five assists while Ryan Moore added 11. The Aggies shot 46 percent from the floor and just 58 percent from the line, although their 12 attempts were half those of Irvine's 25.

In addition to Gloger's 20, Fitzgerald finished with 14 while Ross Schraeder added seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.

UC Davis is next in action on Monday when it faces Long Beach State in Long Beach. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.

UC DAVIS (10-15)
Thomas Juillerat 1-4 0-0 2, Ryan Moore 4-10 3-4 11, Rommel Marentez 5-10 3-3 16, Fowzi Abdelsamad 3-9 0-0 7, Robert Ehsan 2-3 0-0 4, Justin Stearns 3-7 1-2 9, Phil Rasmussen 2-5 0-0 5, JaQay Carlyle 0-1 0-0 0, Ryan Schwarz 0-0 0-0 0, Ari Warmerdam 0-1 0-0 0, Madison Butts 6-7 0-3 12. Totals 26-57 7-12 66.

UC IRVINE (12-11)
Jeff Gloger 6-9 8-12 20, Nic Campbell 4-6 1-2 10, Greg Ethington 3-9 4-4 10, Aaron Fitzgerald 4-8 4-6 14, Ross Schraeder 3-9 0-0 7, Darren Fells 3-4 0-0 6, Davis Baker 0-0 0-0 0, Shamar Armstrong 2-3 0-0 4, Patrick Sanders 1-2 0-0 2, Adam Metelski 2-3 0-1 4. Totals 28-53 17-25 77.

Halftime: UCI 34-30. Three-Point Field Goals: 7-28 (Marentez 3-8, Stearns 2-5, Rasmussen 1-3, Abdelsamad 1-6, Ehsan 0-1, Warmerdam 0-1, Moore 0-4), UCI 4-10 (Fitzgerald 2-3, Campbell 1-3, Schraeder 1-4). Rebounds: UC Davis 25 (Rasmussen 7), UCI 38 (Schraeder 9). Assists: UC Davis 14 (Marentez 5), UCI 14 (Fitzgerald 6). Turnovers: UC Davis 10, UCI 9. Fouls: UC Davis 21, UCI 15. Fouled Out: Stearns. Techinical Fouls: None. Att.: 1,744.