Feb. 28, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Adam Snyder's running jumper with three seconds left capped a wild second half as UC San Diego rallied from a 14-point deficit for the 85-84 victory over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 1,919 Friday evening at Rec Hall.
With the loss the Aggies drop their sixth-straight game and fall to 9-15 on the season, 6-13 in conference play. The Tritons improve to 6-18 overall, 5-14 in CCAA play.
With :26 remaining, Aggie post Dominic Callori went to the line and sank one of two free throws, giving the Aggies a one-point lead. On their final possession the Tritons almost threw the ball away before calling a timeout with :07 left. Setting up the final play, Snyder took the inbound pass at midcourt and drove through the key before lofting an arching shot that fell threw with :03 left. Fowzi Abdelsamad's half-court shot at the buzzer came up short as UC San Diego snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Aggies.
UC Davis took a 14-point lead into the second half but couldn't sustain the momentum as the Tritons chipped away at the lead thanks to a blazing second half from the field. UC San Diego shot 59 percent in the period, connecting on seven of their 15 shots behind the arc. Trailing by 11 with 7:38 left, San Diego went on a 16-3 run over the next 4:22, taking its first lead of the half following a Jordan Watkins jumper. Back-to-back baskets from Callori put the Aggies back on top, but down the stretch each Aggie basket was answered by Snyder, who scored the final six Triton points in the final 1:42.
"It's a disappointing loss," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "We played a solid first half and held a double-digit lead with under eight minutes to play and just couldn't hold on. Tomorrow night we have to bounce back and get a victory for our seniors who will be playing their final home game."
For the game Callori led UC Davis with 27 points and nine rebounds. Abdelsamad added 18 while as did Justin Stearns, who left the game with just over six minutes remaining after twisting his ankle.
Snyder finished his night with 28 points and 10 boards, leading five Triton players in double figures. Sean Crawford added 16 points, including three trey's, while C.J. Duffaut added 13. For the game San Diego shot 52 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range.
UC Davis will conclude its 2002-03 home schedule Saturday evening when it hosts Grand Canyon on Senior Night. Gametime is set for 6pm.