Nov. 23, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - Marcus Williams scored 13 points, including a three-pointer with 1:31 remaining to give Dominican a lead they would not surrender as the Penguins upset UC Davis, 65-62, on the first night of the 2002 Hamilton Classic Friday evening in front of 1,886 at Recreation Hall.
The win moves Dominican to 4-0 on the season while the Aggies drop their season-opener for the second straight season.
It was UC Davis that jumped out early as the Aggies took an 11-3 lead in the opening five minutes. The lead would remain at eight midway through the first period as Gus Argenal would score seven straight points to put UC Davis up 16-8 at the 11:02 mark. Dominican would not go away as it continued to chip away at the Aggie lead, finally getting its first lead at 23-22, following two Brandon Quick free throws at the 4:59 mark. UC Davis would quickly regain the advantage on two Dominic Callori free throws, but Dominican answered back on a Quick layup for the final lead change of the half.
UC Davis would play from behind for much of the second half as the Penguins built their lead to as much as eight with just over 12 minutes remaining. Back-to-back three pointers from Justin Stearns and Callori evened the score at 45 with 10:28 left. Another three by Callori four minutes later gave UC Davis its first lead of the half at 50-49, however Chris Wilmont answered with a three of his own the put the Dominican lead back to two.
Stearns, who would score 15 in the half, connected on another trey to put the Aggies up 56-54, with 1:56 remaining. The lead would be short-lived as Williams, with the shot clock winding down, gave the Penguins the lead for good with a three-pointer. It was just his second field goal of the half, but it proved to be the difference. UC Davis would cut the lead to two with 10 seconds remaining following another Argenal three, but following an Aggie foul, Wilmont calmly sank both free throws to build the lead back to four. A half-court shot at the buzzer by Argenal cut the lead in half and resulted in the final margin of victory.
"I'm disappointed in the outcome, but I am pleased with out defensive intensity," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "We played well defensively and our effort was good, we just need to clean up our mistakes on the offensive end."
For the game, Stearns led all scorers with a career-high 23, while adding four rebounds. Callori finished with 14 points and nine boards while Ryan Moore had 12 points and six rebounds. Argenal saw his season-opening night end with a 13-point, 4-assist, zero-turnover performance at the point guard position. Only four Aggies scored on the evening as the Dominican bench outscored the Aggie reserves, 36-0.
Quick led Dominican with 14 points, while Williams finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. David Moore and Wilmont each added 10 points on the night.
In the first game of the 2002 Hamilton Classic it was Western Washington coming away with an 87-78 victory over Southwest State (Minn.). Stefan Dickason led the Vikings with a career-high 20 points while freshman Grant Dykstra added 19. Jared Keavney led the Mustangs with a game-high 21 points.
Play concludes at the Hamilton Classic Saturday night as Southwest State faces Dominican at 6pm with UC Davis squaring off against Western Washington at 8pm.