March 6, 2004
TURLOCK, Calif. - Ryan Moore scored a game-high 25 points and the Aggies withstood a late Warrior rally as UC Davis closed its 2003-04 season with a 72-62 victory over Cal State Stanislaus in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game Saturday evening at Warrior Arena.
With the win the Aggies finish their final season in the CCAA with an 18-9 record, 15-7 in conference play. Stanislaus sees its season come to an end with an 8-19 record, 6-16 in CCAA action.
The game went back and forth in the early stages. There were seven ties and four lead change sin the opening half. The Warriors build their biggest lead of the game at 25-20 following a Corey Miller layup with eight minutes, eight seconds to play in the half. A Gus Argenal three and Phil Rasmussen layup tied the game.
Two Robert Ehsan free throws at the 2:20 mark gave UC Davis the lead for good as the Aggies extended held their biggest lead of the half at four just before intermission.
Leading by two entering the second half, the Aggies came out strong and quickly took the advantage to eight. Two layups from Moore sandwiched around his three-pointer put UC Davis in control in the opening minutes.
On two occasions the Warriors cut it to four, but each run was answered by the Aggies. Rommel Marentez hit a three at the midway point of the half that pushed the lead to nine and when Rasmussen hit another layup at the 6:21 mark, the lead finally reached double-digits.
For the half the Aggies shot 57 percent from the field, making 12 of 21 shots.
After Friday night's loss in Bakersfield in which the Aggies were dominated in all phases, Saturday saw UC Davis recapture its toughness, fighting for loose balls, taking charges and outworking a much-improved Stanislaus team than what the Aggies faced in Davis.
For the game UC Davis shot 54 percent from the field and a season-high 96 percent from the free throw line, making 23 of 24 attempts.
"This was a nice way to end the season," said first-year head coach Gary Stewart. "It's not easy for a team to experience what we went through last night (in Bakersfield) and then come back and compete at a top level the next night. It shows the resilience and character of the student-athletes on this team. It's a testament to their will and the strength of this team."
Moore's 25 points marked the sixth time this season he has scored over 20 points in a game. He added game-highs of seven rebounds and three assists on the night. Fowzi Abdelsamad added 13 points, 11 in the first half, while Rasmussen finished with 12 and Marentez with 11. Argenal, a senior playing his final game in an Aggie uniform, finished with three points, two assists and three steals. He did move into fifth place on the all-time assists list at UC Davis with 274.
Jamal O'Quinn led the Warriors with 18 points and five rebounds, while Casey Keegan added 14 points, all coming in the second half.
The Aggies end their five-year run in the CCAA with an overall conference record of 67-43.
UC DAVIS (18-9, 15-7 CCAA)
Robert Ehsan 2-4 8-8 12, Ari Warmerdam 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas Juillerat 0-1 0-0 0, Fowzi Abdelsamad 3-8 7-7 13, Gus Argenal 1-2 0-0 3, Phil Rasmussen 2-3 0-1 4, JaQay Carlyle 2-3 0-0 4, Rommel Marentez 4-5 0-0 11, Ryan Moore 8-15 8-8 25, Madison Butts 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Schwarz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-41 23-24 72.
CAL STATE STANISLAUS (8-19, 6-16 CCAA)
Rick Fetter 2-8 4-4 9, Kevin Massey 4-7 0-0 10, Jamal O'Quinn 6-15 6-11 18, Casey Keegan 6-10 1-2 14, K.J. Rosales 0-0 0-2 0, Corey Miller 1-2 0-0 2, Andrew Vitale 0-0 0-0 0, Ross Green 0-0 0-0 0, Casey Harrington 0-0 0-0 0, Dustin Shultz 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Quick 2-2 3-4 7, Ben Hibbing 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-45 14-23 62.
Halftime: UC Davis 35-33. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 5-14 (Marentez 3-4, Argenal 1-2, Moore 1-3, Rasmussen 0-1, Abdelsamad 0-4), CSUS 4-15 (Massey 2-4, Keegan 1-3, Fetter 1-6, O'Quinn 0-2). Rebounds: UC Davis 24 (Moore 7), CSUS 22 (Quick/O'Quinn 5). Assists: UC Davis 9 (Moore 3), CSUS 10 (Rosales 3). Turnovers: UC Davis 18, CSUS 19. Fouls: UC Davis 20, CSUS 23. Fouled Out: None. Att. 1,540.
Aggies advance to semis with another win vs. UCR
Official watch parties hosted by Woodstock's Pizza
UC Davis begins title defense on Thursday vs. UCR
UC Davis dominates All-Big West honor roll
Shorts II wins second Player of the Week award
Aggies win Big West championship in double overtime
UC Davis, UC Irvine battle once again for Big West title
Home win vs. Hawai'i sets up