March 8, 2003
CARSON, Calif. - Fowzi Abdelsamad sank two free throws with three seconds remaining and when Justin Goree's buzzer-beating three went long, UC Davis escaped with a 64-63 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game Saturday evening at the Torodome.
With the win the Aggies close out the 2002-03 campaign with three straight victories and a 12-15 overall record, 9-13 in CCAA play. The Toros close with a 6-21 mark, 4-18 in conference action.
Up one with under 30 seconds, the Aggies turned the ball over on a baseline drive. On the ensuing possession, Goree was fouled away from the key and sank two free throws, giving Dominguez a 63-62 lead with :12.1 remaining. UC Davis went to Abdelsamad with its season-ending possession and the sophomore drove the lane before being fouled with :03.6 left. The CCAA's leading free throw shooter calmly sank both attempts, which turned out to be the game-winners. Goree's three-point attempt at the buzzer went long and UC Davis walked away with the narrow win. It marked the first time the Aggies have won a game on free throws in the final 10 seconds since Tyler Boyd accomplished the feat during the 2000-01 season.
The turning point for UC Davis occurred late in the contest as with the score tied at 57, Gus Argenal stepped up a drilled a three-point shot with 2:28 left. Dominguez looked to take the lead as it had the ball approaching the one minute mark, but Stearns stepped in front of a Malik Harris pass and went the other way, converting the layup and increasing the Aggie lead to three with 1:02 left.
"It was a great win and a great way to finish the season with three wins," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "Fowzi stepped up when we needed him to and hit two big free throws and it's a tribute to the kids as they battled hard all year.
"I thought Gus' three late in the game was a big momentum shift for us," Fogel continued. "He crossed half court, slid under the screen and knocked down a big shot. It was nice to see him make that and really gave us a lift."
Early in the second half Dominic Callori drained a three-pointer at the 17:43 mark, giving UC Davis a seven-point advantage. It was the Aggies last field goal for the next five minutes as the Toros took a three-point lead at 38-35, with 12:59 remaining. The game was tied on the next possession as Gus Argenal drilled a three followed by consecutive trey's from Robert Ehsan and another from Justin Stearns, pushing the Aggie lead to 47-39. UC Davis made five straight three-pointers at that point. Dominguez Hills fought back as it scored seven points in under a minute, capped by a Goree three, to even the score. For the game Callori finished with his CCAA-leading 13th double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Stearns added 11 points while Argenal finished with nine points and a career-best 10 assists. Abdelsamad ended his night with nine points.
Michael Crawford led all scorers with 17 points while Andre Brown added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Toros. Ryan Meilleur contributed 13 points and nine boards.
UC DAVIS (12-15, 9-13 CCAA)
Fowzi Abdelsamad 2-10 4-6 9, Gus Argenal 3-6 0-0 9, Justin Stearns 5-11 0-0 11, Dominic Callori 5-14 2-3 13, Danny Workman 3-5 2-6 8, Robert Ehsan 3-7 0-0 9, Madison Butts 1-1 3-4 5, Eric Wagner 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 22-54 11-19 64.
CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS (6-21, 4-18 CCAA)
Andre Brown 4-16 6-7 15, Michael Crawford 6-19 5-6 17, Abel Velarde 2-2 0-0 4, Justin Goree 4-9 0-0 10, Lamar Lawrence 0-1 0-0 0, Charles Logan 0-0 0-0 0, Saul Lankster 0-2 0-0 0, Malik Harris 2-3 0-0 4, Ryan Meilleur 5-9 3-5 13. TOTALS 23-61 14-18 63.
Halftime: UC Davis 28-25. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 9-23 (Ehsan 3-4, Argenal 3-6, Callori 1-4, Abdelsamad 1-4, Stearns 1-5), CSUDH 3-9 (Goree 2-3, Brown 1-3, Lankster 0-1, Crawford 0-2). Rebounds: UC Davis 32 (Callori 10), CSUDH 45 (Brown 11). Assists: UC Davis 16 (Argenal 10), CSUDH 9 (Harris 4). Fouls: UC Davis 13, CSUDH 16. Fouled Out: None. ATT: 517.