Hot-Shooting Bakersfield Erupts In Second Half For Win Over Aggies

Phil Rasmussen had a pair of three-pointers and 10 points Friday at Bakersfield. (Wayne Tilcock/The Davis Enterprise)
 
Phil Rasmussen had a pair of three-pointers and 10 points Friday at Bakersfield. (Wayne Tilcock/The Davis Enterprise)
 

March 5, 2004

Box Score

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Eddie Shelby recorded his first double-double of the season and the Roadrunners shot a blistering 67 percent from the field as Cal State Bakersfield defeated UC Davis 94-72 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game in front of 2,343 Friday evening at the Icardo Center.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 17-9 on the season, 14-7 in conference play. Bakersfield scores a season-high points as it moves to 21-5 overall, 17-4 in CCAA action.

It was shootout early as both teams hit from all over the court. UC Davis raced to an eight-point lead in the first eight minutes thanks to its three-point shooting. The Aggies connected on five of its first seven attempts beyond the arc, two from Ari Warmerdam. The Aggies ended the first five minutes of play shooting 78 perfect from the field.

They didn't sustain the momentum as midway through the half two Marlon Mitchell free throws ignited a 17-5 run over a seven-minute span as Bakersfield grabbed its biggest lead of the half at 39-28. Bakersfield had weathered the storm and climbed back into the game on the heels of Shelby and Dwayne Brown. Shelby had 14 first-half points as the Aggies had no answer for him defensively. Brown came off the bench to score nine points

The Roadrunners controlled the low block, outscoring UC Davis 20-6 in the paint in the opening half. For the first 20 minutes Bakersfield shot 67 percent from the field and 75 percent from three-point range, taking a four-point lead into halftime.

In the second half it was all Roadrunners. While UC Davis cooled from the field, Bakersfield continued to fire at an alarming rate. In the first six minutes they pushed the lead to double-digits, where it stayed for much of the night. Martin Rajniak did most of the damage, scoring 13 second-half points, hitting all three three-point attempts. Al Williams also poured in 10 second-half points as the Roadrunners controlled the tempo, pushing the ball at every opportunity.

 

 

The Aggies made one final run as trailing by 17 at the midway point of the half, they scored the next nine points. Three's from Phil Rasmussen and Rommel Marentez, along with a jumper and free throw from Thomas Juillerat, cut the deficit to 69-61, with 7:56 to play. Another Marentez three cut it to seven, but that was as close as UC Davis got as a Rajniak three followed by two fastbreak layups from Williams and Fred Nichols pushed the lead back to 14. It grew to as much as 22 by game's end following two Nichols' free throws in the closing seconds.

"We were beaten in every facet of the game tonight," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "If you can't guard the ball, especially against a team as talented as Bakersfield, you have no chance of winning.

"They got up and down in transition all night and we knew that's what they wanted to do," Stewart continued. "It's just real disappointing."

Juillerat led the Aggies with 17 points on the night, one of three Aggies in double figures. Warmerdam finished with a career-best 13 points, including 3 of 5 from three-point range, while Rasmussen ended his night with 10 points. Gus Argenal grabbed a team-best seven boards and led UC Davis with three assists. The Aggies finished with 11 three-pointers on the night while shooting 47 percent overall from the field.

Shelby's 18 points and 10 assists led five Roadrunner players in double figures. Rajniak finished with 18 points while Nichols ended up with 17 points and six boards. Williams added 15 points and six boards and Brown finished with 10 points. The Roadrunners dominated the paint, outscoring UC Davis 46-20, and held a 23-13 advantage in points off turnovers. The 94 points by Bakersfield marked an Aggie opponent high for this season.

UC Davis will close out its 2003-04 season on Saturday when they visit Cal State Stanislaus in turlock. Gametime is set for 7:30 p.m.

UC DAVIS (17-9, 14-7 CCAA)
Robert Ehsan 1-1 2-2 4, Ari Warmerdam 5-7 0-2 13, Thomas Juillerat 7-10 3-4 17, Fowzi Abdelsamad 2-7 0-0 5, Gus Argenal 3-9 1-2 9, Phil Rasmussen 4-6 0-0 10, JaQay Carlyle 1-3 1-1 3, Rommel Marentez 3-6 0-0 9, Ryan Moore 1-7 0-0 2, Madison Butts 0-1 0-0 0, Ryan Schwarz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-57 7-11 72.

CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD (21-5, 17-4 CCAA)
Fred Nichols 5-9 7-10 17, Martin Rajniak 6-9 2-2 18, Andre Hardwick 2-5 2-6 6, Eddie Shelby 8-11 2-2 18, Al Williams 6-7 2-2 15, Sedale Threatt 0-0 2-2 2, Marlon Mitchell 2-3 2-2 7, Dwayne Brown 5-7 1-1 11. Totals 34-51 20-27 94.

Halftime: CSUB 44-40. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 11-25 (Marentez 3-5, Warmerdam 3-5, Rasmussen 2-4, Argenal 2-6, Abdelsamad 1-3, Carlyle 0-1, Moore 0-1), CSUB 6-9 (Rajniak 4-5, Mitchell 1-1, Williams 1-2). Rebounds: UC Davis 24 (Argenal 7), CSUB 29 (Nichols/Hardwick/Williams 6). Assists: UC Davis 15 (Argenal 3), CSUB 15 (Shelby 10). Turnovers; UC Davis 12, CSUB 9. Fouls: UC Davis 19, CSUB 14. Fouled Out: None. Att. 2,343.