Feb. 21, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Brandon Francis scored 21 points and the Tritons snapped the Aggies' seven-game winning streak as UC San Diego defeated UC Davis 79-73 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 2,499 Saturday evening at Recreation Hall.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 16-7 on the season, 13-5 in conference action. The Tritons improve to 7-16 overall, 7-11 in CCAA play.
The first half went back and forth as there were five ties and 14 lead changes in the opening 20 minutes. The Tritons held the biggest lead of the half following back-to-back three-pointers from Brandon Francis to make it 20-11, midway through the half. The Aggies countered with a 12-2 run over the next three minutes, 18 seconds, capped by a Ryan Moore three.
Trailing by three with :03 seconds in the half, Gus Argenal was fouled in the back court on the inbounds play, sending him to the line. Argenal made the first, missed the second, but Thomas Juillerat grabbed the rebound and converted the put-back, tying the game at halftime.
Francis had 14 points in the opening half for the Tritons, connecting on four long-range baskets. Juillerat led all scorers with 15 first-half points.
The second half resembled the first as there were seven more lead changes in the half. Trailing by one midway through the period, UC Davis scored six straight points, the final four off Ryan Moore jumpers, to take a 57-52 lead with 11:44 remaining. The Aggies could not put any more distance between the Tritons as UC San Diego found its range from beyond the three-point arc.
Back-to-back three's from Zach Zanolli and Matthew Sweany extended the Triton lead to seven with just over four minutes left. UC Davis chipped away, cutting the lead to one on a Rommel Marentez jumper at the 1:54 mark. After a Sweany turnover, the Aggies looked to take the lead, but Moore's three missed short and on the next possession, Adam Reinking's layup made it a three-point game.
UC Davis had another chance to tie the contest, but Marentez missed on a three and Sweany came down with the rebound, forcing the Aggies to foul. He made both attempts to make it a two possession game with :11 seconds left. Another free throw from Cameron Jackson in the finals second gave the Tritons the final margin of victory and their second straight win at Rec Hall.
"We were never able to establish our defensive identity," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "We made it a shootout and they are too good offensively not to go out and guard them on the perimeter.
"Our system is predicated on effort and if we are not playing at maximum effort, our deficiencies show," Stewart continued. "San Diego was playing at a higher level of intensity and we could never match that."
Juillerat led the Aggies with season-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds, his second double-double of the season. Marentez finished with 16 points and four assists while Moore added 13 on the night. UC Davis continued to take care of the ball, committing just 12 turnovers on the night.
Francis connected for 21 points, including five of 10 from beyond the three-point line. Sweany finished with 14 points and six boards while Reinking had 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. As the team the Tritons connected on 53 percent of its shots, including a blistering 58 percent (11-19) from three-point range. Friday night against Chico State UC San Diego hit 19 of 34 three's, giving them 30 on the weekend.
The Aggies will next be in action on Friday when it hosts Cal Poly Pomona at Recreation Hall. Gametime is set for 8 p.m.