Feb. 21, 2005
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Jibril Hodges scored 16 points, including four threes in the second half, and the 49ers made five of six free throws in the final minute, 15 seconds as Long Beach State rallied for a 77-73 overtime victory over UC Davis in a men's basketball game Monday night at the Pyramid.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 10-16 on the season while Long Beach State wins its fourth straight to improve to 7-18.
UC Davis put itself in good position to grab its 11th win of the season, leading by six with just over six minutes remaining in regulation. Midway through the second half it had turned into a two-man game as Fowzi Abdelsamad and Hodges went toe-to-toe. Abdelsamad scored 10 straight Aggie points to push the lead to eight at 55-47 before Hodges answered with back-to-back-to-back threes as the 49ers closed to 57-53 at the 6:35 mark.
After shooting 63 percent for the first 14 minutes of the half, the Aggies went cold, making just two of their final nine shots. Their last field goal in the second half came at the 3:37 mark and put them up four, but the 49ers used a 5-1 run over the final three minutes to force overtime. Shawn Hawkins hit a pair of free throws with :17.1 seconds to tie it at 66-66 and when Ryan Moore's baseline jumper bounced out, the game went to the extra period.
The 49ers scored the first four points before the Aggies countered with five straight after back-to-back jumpers from Abdelsamad and Moore to take their last lead of the game at 71-70. A pair of Kevin Houston free throws pushed the lead back to three, but Moore's good look at a three bounced off the front of the rim, ending the Aggie chances.
UC Davis shot an uncharacteristic 59 percent from the free throw line, including just 57 percent in the second half when it had a chance to put the game away.
"Give credit to Long Beach, they made some great plays down the stretch and knocked down shots," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "A big part of the game was Hodges' three three's in the second half. We spent a lot of time talking about him and we did a good job up to that point, but lost some concentration and that put us against the wall.
"Our guys really fought hard tonight and our competitiveness was at a heightened level," Stewart continued. "We gave ourselves a chance to win and I couldn't be happier with our effort."
The Aggies opened the second half on a 10-2 run, capped by a Moore three that pushed the lead to 41-29 . Justin Stearns' three in the second half pushed the Aggie lead to 46-38 and gave UC Davis 206 three-pointers of the season, breaking the school record of 205 set during the 1994-95 season.
The Aggies found success behind the three-point line in the first half. Their first three baskets came from beyond the arc as they hit five in he period, with Abdelsamad and Rommel Marentez each hitting two. UC Davis finished the game hitting eight of 24, breaking the single-season school records for both attempts (549) and makes (207).
The Aggies did a nice job on the boards all nice, outrebounding the 49ers 36-31. It marked the first time in the last 15 games UC Davis held a rebounding advantage.
Abdelsamad finished with a game-high 24 points and six rebounds, while Moore added 20 points and six boards, the 10th time this season he has scored 20-plus. The Aggies finished the night shooting 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range.
In addition to Hodges, Hawkins and Houston each finished with 15 while Onye Ibekwe added nine points and a game-high nine rebounds. The 49ers shot 60 percent in overtime to finish the night at 51 percent from the field and 46 percent from long range.
UC Davis is next in action on Monday when it faces Cal State Northridge in Northridge. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.
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