Feb. 28, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Robert Ehsan scored a game-high 13 points and the Aggies used a 16-2 run midway through the second half to snap No.6 Cal State San Bernardino's 22-game winning streak with a 64-48 victory over the Coyotes in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 2,801 Saturday evening at Recreation Hall.
With the win the Aggies improve to 17-8 overall, 14-6 in CCAA play and hand the Coyotes their first conference loss of the season. San Bernardino falls for just the second time this season and now stands at 23-2 overall, 19-1 in CCAA play.
Facing the region's No.1 team, the Aggies never trailed in the contest. Following two early ties, Ryan Schwarz's layup gave UC Davis the lead for good just under three minutes into the contest. The Aggies held CSUSB scoreless for over six and a half minutes as they increased a four-point advantage to 11 with seven minutes remaining.
Ehsan's jumper with :25 left in the first half pushed the lead to 10 and intermission and gave the junior guard 10 points in the half.
In the second half the Coyotes cut the lead to four three minutes in following an Eric Swan layup, but Rommel Marentez countered with a three on the next possession that ignited a 10-0 run. The lead remained in double-digits the rest of the way and reached its peak at 24 with just over four minutes remaining at 61-37. The run came as San Bernardino went without a field goal for 9:40 as the Aggies defense limited them to just six free throws during the stretch.
For the game the UC Davis defense held San Bernardino to just 32 percent shooting on the night, far below its season average of 48 percent. The Coyotes entered the contest averaging 77.2 points per game but managed a season-low 48 on Saturday.
"This was a good win. Tonight we seemed to have the same passion and intensity that we exhibited in the last part of January and early February," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "We have been searching for that the past few weeks. We got a lot of energy from Senior Night and how we feel about Gus (Argenal) the competitiveness of San Bernardino and the crowd really motivated us. The energy tonight was unbelievable.
"We had to win the battle of the boards tonight," Stewart continued. "We felt that game within the game was going to dictate the outcome and tonight we held the advantage."
In addition to Ehsan's 13 points, Ryan Moore added 12 and a game-high eight rebounds. Playing his final game in front of the home crowd, senior Gus Argenal finished with three points, two rebounds and two assists. UC Davis shot 41.3 percent from the field but made 87 percent of its free throws. UC Davis continued its trend of taking care of the ball, committing just 12 turnovers.
Eric Swan led the Coyotes with 12 points while Raheem Jones was the only other player in double figures with 10. Jonathan Levy, the CCAA's leading scorer at 18.8 ppg, finished his night with four points on 1-for-9 shooting. UC Davis leads the CCAA in three-point field goal defense and tonight held the Coyotes to just 1-for-13 shooting form beyond the arc.
The Aggies will next be in action on Friday when they face Cal State Bakersfield in Bakersfield. Gametime is set for 7:30 p.m.