Feb. 27, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Fowzi Abdelsamad scored a game-high 23 points but it was not enough as Jonathan Williams stole the ball on a potential game-tying possession as Cal Poly Pomona defeated UC Davis 75-73 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 2,722 Friday evening at Recreation Hall.
With the loss the Aggies drop consecutive games for the first time since the opening weekend of 2004 and fall to 16-8 overall, 13-6 in CCAA play. Pomona wins its eighth-straight game and improves to 19-5 on the season, 15-4 in conference action.
Trailing by eight with two and a half minutes left, the Aggies scored the next six points, the first four by Abdelsamad and the last bucket by JaQay Carlyle, cutting the lead to 70-68. Two Jonathan Boyd free throws pushed it back to a four-point advantage but Phil Rasmussen countered with his only basket of the night, a three-pointer that made it 72-71, with :43 seconds remaining.
Williams then converted a driving layup with push the lead back to three and on the next Aggie possession, Williams stole a Ryan Moore pass and went the other way, drawing a foul and heading to the line. He converted one of two, but that made it a two-possession game with :14 left. When Gus Argenal's three-pointer missed, the Broncos had secured the win. Moore's late jumper made the final score 75-73.
After trailing by one at halftime, Pomona took the lead in the opening minutes of the second half and held it the rest of the way.
The Aggies jumped out to a 11-point lead in the opening five minutes at 15-4. Fowzi Abdelsamad had two three-pointers while Thomas Juillerat added a pair of field goals as UC Davis made six of its first eight shots, including all three from beyond the arc.
Pomona survived the quick Aggie start and slowly chipped away at the lead, getting it down to 22-1 with just over six minutes remaining. Jeff Bonds did a lot of the work, scoring seven points as the Broncos went on a 17-7 run. Pomona took its first lead of the half at the 5:37 mark following a David Sybesma layup, making it a 25-24 contest.
Another Abdelsamad jumper on the next Aggie possession gave UC Davis the lead for the remainder of the half. Juillerat scored the last five points of the half for UC Davis as the Aggies carried a 34-33 advantage into halftime.
"Pomona built up a nine-point lead in the second half and it felt like we were always running up hill," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "We couldn't get in a rhythm defensively. We had to pick our poison (zone or man), but that's why there are where they are.
"I don't think we lost, we just ran out of time," Stewart continued. "Taking nothing away from Pomona, they won the game. Our effort was there, it just felt like we had a backpack full of bricks tonight and those brinks were Cal Poly Pomona."
Abdelsamad scored 20 or more points for the fifth time this season, while Juillerat finished with 16 points. Argenal was the only other Aggie in double figures with 10. Moore had his streak of 18 straight games in double figures end tonight with six points and seven boards.
Bonds led the Broncos with 19 points and seven boards, while Sybesma added 16 points and Boyd 12. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field, with the Broncos connecting on 52 percent and the Aggies 51.
The Aggies will next be in action on Saturday when it concludes its 2003-04 home schedule against conference-leader Cal State San Bernardino. Gametime is set for 8 p.m.
Quick turnaround takes UC Davis to Pacific
Strong second half leads to 74-59 road victory
Aggies open season Monday night at Northern Colorado
Gameday Central at Utah Valley
(2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT)