Nov. 13, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Forward Ryan Moore scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the second half and the Aggies closed the game on a 25-12 stretch over the final 10 minutes as UC Davis concluded its exhibition season with a 79-62 victory over the Olympic Club in a men's basketball game Thursday night at Recreation Hall.
With the Aggies holding a four-point lead midway through the second half, the Aggie big men took over. Center Thomas Juillerat and Moore combined for the next 14 Aggie points as UC Davis stretched its lead to 12 at 66-54 with five minutes, 57 seconds left. The Aggie defense also had a hand in the run, holding the Olympic Club two just two points over a six-minute span late in the half. The defense also forced five turnovers in that time as the lead would never get under 12 over the final seven minutes.
Moore and Juillerat would combined for 29 of the Aggies' 43 second-half points, shooting a combined 10-for-12 from the field, including 3-for-4 from long range.
Early on it was the three-point shooting of former Aggie Brian O'Connor that gave the Olympic Club an 11-7 lead. O'Connor hit three trey's in the opening five minutes, his only three field goals of the half. The lead would grow to 15-9 after a Tom Welch jumper before the Aggies went on a 10-3 run to take a 19-15 lead.
Another former Aggie, Dan Haller, connected for another three to cut the lead to one at the nine-minute mark. It would be the last Olympic Club field goal for the next six minutes as the Aggies raced to an eight-point lead at 32-24. Robert Ehsan led the way as he scored eight of his 10 first-half points in that stretch. The lead was cut to two at 32-30 before the Aggies closed out the half with a 4-0 run, all from Fowzi Abdelsamad, to take a 36-30 lead into halftime.
"It was a lot of fun tonight," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "We competed much better tonight, playing with more passion, aggression and intensity. Those are attributes we have to take with us into the season. I also though our bench play was excellent.
"We are definitely taking a step forward," Stewart continued. "We are striving to get more opportunities that allow us to be successful. It's a long year and we have a long way to go. We can get a lot better and we will."
For the game Moore finished with six rebounds in addition to his 24 points. Juillerat added 16 points and five boards on the night while Ehsan was the only other Aggie in double figures with 12. UC Davis forced 21 turnovers which resulted in a 26-12 advantage in points off turnovers.
The Olympic Club was led by O'Connor's 19 points, the only player in double figures. Kris Weems scored nine points and added a team-high six rebounds.
UC Davis, which defeated the Sacramento Heat last week in their other exhibition game, will open its season Nov. 24 at Western Washington University.