Nov. 21, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis men's basketball team committed 23 turnovers and Boise State surged for a 19-2 second half run, as the Broncos took a 67-47 win over the Aggies Sunday, at the Pavilion. The game served as a rematch from last year's ESPNU Bracketbuster game, but UC Davis (1-4) couldn't take another win over Boise State (3-0).
Boise State outscored the Aggies 43-21 in the second half, after UC Davis held a 26-24 advantage at the intermission. La'Shard Anderson led all players with 18 points, including 16 second half points. For the Aggies, Joe Harden had a team best 15 points, to go along with 8 rebounds.
"I thought we got real tentative," said head coach Gary Stewart. "Instead of getting into attack mode, we got back on our heels. They saw some tentativeness in our body posture and in our eyes and they came with an all out blitz, to go after the first pass out of the double. We didn't have a very good response to it."
The UC Davis defense started strong, as the Aggies jumped out to a 7-2 lead with in the first five minutes. UC Davis increased their lead, using another 7-2 run, capped of by a Josh Ritchart dunk, to take a 14-6 advantage at the 11:48 mark.
The Broncos responded with an 11-0 run, holding the Aggies scoreless for over five minutes. Robert Arnold capped off the run with an old fashioned three point play, giving Boise State the lead for the first time of the game with a 17-14 score and 6:59 on the clock.
Boise State led by as many as seven in the first half, taking a 23-16 lead on a Ryan Watkins layup with 2:36 remaining in the half. Despite scoring just two points in a nine minute stretch, UC Davis heated up at the end of the half, finishing the first frame on a 10-1 run. Ryan Sypkens capped off the run with a three in the final minute, making it a 26-24 Aggie advantage at the break.
UC Davis went up 32-28 to start the second half, using a Harden layup to advance their lead with 15:03 on the clock. The Broncos were able to force some turnovers from there, capitalizing on the Aggie miscues for an 8-0 run to take back the lead, 36-32 at the 12:43 mark.
UC Davis had the lead down to one, before Boise State exploded for a 19-2 run to take control of the game. An Anderson three-point play pushed the Bronco advantage to 54-38 with 5:28 on the clock.
The second half surge continued for Boise State, as the Broncos managed to shoot 61 percent as a team in the final frame, en route to the final 67-47 score.
"There was tremendous offensive frustration," said Stewart. "We were turning the ball over at an alarming rate. We're missing shots, we're missng layups, we're missing wide open threes. So that frustration manifested itself in a negative way defensively. It's not for lack of effort on our guys. It's almost as if there was a lid on the basket."
"The offense has to come from the entire team," continued Stewart. "We've got some people who are capable of making shots and we've got to continue to work hard to get really quality shots. We have confidence in the people, that when they are in those areas, they are going to make them."
The Aggies will be back on the road this week before a short Thanksgiving break, traveling across the Causeway to play Sacramento State on Tuesday, with a 7:05 tip.