March 1, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Fowzi Abdelsamad and Dominic Callori combined for 51 points and the Aggies broke a six-game losing skid as they defeated Grand Canyon, 67-64, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 2,614 Saturday evening on Senior Night at Rec Hall.
With the victory the Aggies improve to 10-15 on the season, 7-13 in CCAA play while Grand Canyon falls to 9-16 overall, 7-13 in conference action.
The game began with Grand Canyon's Del Somers hitting his opening jumper 18 seconds into the contest. It marked the lead of the night for the Antelopes as Callori answered with a jumper of his own one minute later and when Abdelsamad connected for a three two possessions later, the Aggies took the lead for good.
UC Davis as much as a 12-point lead in the opening half as Abdelsamad scored 16 of his game-high 29 points in the period. He hit a stretch were he scored nine of the Aggies' 11 points midway through the half as UC Davis built a double-digit lead.
UC Davis carried a six-point lead into the second half , which is where it stayed for the first part of the period. Grand Canyon cut the deficit to two following a Somers jumper at the 1:06 mark, but the Aggies quickly built the lead back to nine as Callori converted a three-point play with 7:52 left.
In the closing minutes the Antelopes cut the lead to two on three occasions as Sean Harris had the hot hand late. But with time running down Grand Canyon was forced to foul and the Aggies made them pay. UC Davis sank all six free throws in the final :20, preserving the win as UC Davis closed out the home portion of its 2002-03 schedule by snapping its season-long six-game losing streak.
"It was a nice way to send out our seniors and a great relief to get off the slide we were on," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "Dominic gave us a great effort tonight, battling all evening and hitting some big free throws down the stretch. I also thought our other senior, Danny Workman, played a great game, holding Somers to just 10 points."
For the night Abdelsamad finished with a game-high 29 points while Callori added his 12th double-double of the season with 22 points and a season-best 16 boards. Justin Stearns added eight points for UC Davis and Gus Argenal had a game-high six assists.
Grand Canyon was paced by Harris' 20 points to lead three Antelopes in double figures. John Janssen added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Somers finished his night with 10.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it travels to Los Angeles for a meeting against Cal State L.A. Gametime is set for 5:30pm.
GRAND CANYON (9-16, 7-13 CCAA)
Delano Somers 5-13 0-2 10, Dante Garner 3-10 0-0 6, John Janssen 5-9 4-4 14, Ronnie Newman 1-5 0-0 2, Sean Harris 8-16 2-6 20, Jabari Riggins 2-4 0-0 6, Will Polk, Jr. 2-5 1-2 6, Terrance Stroman 0-2 0-0 0, Caliph Mohammed 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 26-64 7-14 64.
UC DAVIS (10-15, 7-13 CCAA)
Justin Stearns 3-9 0-0 8, Danny Workman 0-2 2-3 2, Dominic Callori 7-16 7-9 22, Fowzi Abdelsamad 9-16 8-9 29, Gus Argenal 0-1 0-0 0, Robert Ehsan 2-4 0-0 5, Madison Butts 0-1 0-0 0, Eric Wagner 0-1 1-2 1. TOTALS: 21-50 18-23 67.
Halftime: UCD 35-29. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 7-19 (Abdelsamad 3-7, Stearns 2-6, Ehsan 1-2, Callori 1-3, Argenal 0-1), GCU 5-11 (Riggins 2-2, Harris 2-3, Polk 1-3, Somers 0-1, Garner 0-1, Newman 0-1). Rebounds: UC Davis 38 (Callori 16), GCU 36 (Janssen 11). Assists: UC Davis 11 (Argenal 6), GCU 9 (Polk/Garner 2). Fouls: UC Davis 17, GCU 18. Fouled Out: None. ATT: 2,614.