Feb. 21, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Lawrence Charles scored a game-high 18 points and the Roadrunners went on an 11-0 spurt midway through the first half and never looked back in a 70-58Cal State Bakersfield victory over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 2,189 Friday evening at Rec Hall.
With the loss the Aggies drop their fourth straight game and fall to 9-13 on the season, 6-11 in CCAA play. Bakersfield improves to 17-5 on the year, 12-5 in conference action.
The Aggies came out strong to open the game as they raced to an 11-5 lead in the first five minutes. Freshman Madison Butts would score five of those points as he received just his second start of the season in place of Dominic Callori, who missed most of the week while recovering from a concussion suffered last Friday at Pomona.
With UC Davis holding a 13-12 lead at the midway point of the half, Bakersfield went on a 17-4 run over the next seven minutes, increasing their lead to 12 with just over three minutes remaining in the half. In the second half the Aggies would trail by as many as 15 before making their only spurt of the period. With just under 10 minutes remaining, UC Davis cut the lead to seven following a 7-0 run, capped by Robert Ehsan's three-pointer. That would be as close as the Aggies would get as Bakersfield answered with a three of its own and kept the lead in double figures for a majority of the final minutes.
"Bakersfield is a very good team," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "They are extremely quick, have very good hands, and they are athletic.
"I thought Madison played his best game of the year and hopefully this will build is confidence for the remaining five games of the season."
Butts finished his night with a season-best 17 points, hitting all seven of his shots and all three free throws. He added four rebounds and two steals on the night. Callori added 13 points while Fowzi Abdelsamad contributed 12, hitting four of nine three-pointers. Justin Stearns, who scored the game's first basket for his only two points on the night, left midway through the second half with a concussion after hitting his head on the floor.
In addition to Charles' 18 points, the Roadrunners received 12 points from Fred Nichols and 10 from Billy Speer. Terri Miller added nine points, eight rebounds and a school-tying record six blocks. For the night Bakersfield shot 53 percent from the field and 54 percent from three-point range.
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it hosts Cal State Stanislaus at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 8pm.
CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD (17-5, 12-5 CCAA)
Billy Speer 3-4 2-2 10, Bobby Johnson 0-1 1-2 1, Terri Miller 4-5 1-1 9, Damarius Akins 1-5 2-2 5, Lawrence Charles 8-14 0-0 18, Sedale Threatt 2-2 1-3 5, Fred Nichols 4-7 4-6 12, Gerald Johnson 1-3 2-2 4, Michael Schnyder 2-6 0-0 6. TOTALS 25-47 13-18 70.
UC DAVIS (9-13, 6-11 CCAA)
Justin Stearns 1-11 0-0 2, Danny Workman 1-1 0-0 2, Madison Butts 7-7 3-3 17, Gus Argenal 2-8 0-0 5, Robert Ehsan 2-8 2-2 7, Fowzi Abdelsamad 4-10 0-2 12, Jesse Pruitt 0-2 0-0 0, Dominic Callori 5-12 3-5 13. TOTALS 22-59 8-12 58.
Halftime: CSUB 33-24. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 6-25 (Abdelsamad 4-9, Ehsan 1-3, Argenal 1-6, Pruitt 0-1, Callori 0-2, Stearns 0-4), CSUB 7-13 (Speer 2-3, Schnyder 2-3, Charles 2-5, Akins 1-1, Johnson 0-1). Rebounds: UC Davis 30 (Callori 9), CSUB 34 (Miller 8). Assists: UC Davis 16 (Callori/Abdelsamad 4), CSUB 17 (Akins 7). Fouls: UC Davis 17, CSUB 15. Fouled Out: None. ATT: 2,189.
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