Nov. 23, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - Justin Stearns, Dominic Callori and Ryan Moore combined to score 65 points and the Aggies took advantage of a 15-0 run early in the game as UC Davis defeated Western Washington, 89-74, on the final night of the 2002 Hamilton Classic Saturday evening in front of 1,742 at Recreation Hall.
With the win, UC Davis improves its early-season record at 1-1 while Western Washington also moves to 1-1.
Viking freshman Grant Dykstra hit a three-pointer to open the game and then center Mike Palm's jumper gave Western Washington a 5-2 lead at the 18:15 mark. From that point on it was all UC Davis. The Aggies went on a 15-0 run over the next 5:03 as Callori and Moore combined for 13 of those points to build the lead to 12 at 17-5. The lead would not get lower than six the rest of the night as UC Davis shot 50 percent from the field in the first half. Callori would score 13 and Moore 12 in the opening 20 minutes as UC Davis, which suffered through a poor shooting night on Friday against Dominican University, found the range on Saturday, connecting on 54 percent from the field for the game
UC Davis wasted little time in extending its eight-point halftime lead into double-digits, where it would stay for the final 13 minutes of the game. Leading by nine at 55-46 with 13:04 remaining, Stearns took matters into his own hands. The sophomore guard, who set a career-high with 23 points Friday against Dominican, went on a three-point rampage as he scored nine of the next 12 Aggie points, all of three's, over a two minute span to push the lead to 21.
Stearns would score 18 of his game-high 23 in the second half as UC Davis never saw its lead drop below 15 over the final 12 minutes. The Aggies would shoot 59 percent for the field in the half, including 55 percent from long range.
"We did a nice job of bouncing back tonight and the players showed a lot of character and poise," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "We were in a much better rhythm offensively and had a lot of good looks tonight. It was a very good overall effort and I'm proud of the entire team."
In addition to Stearns, Callori and Moore each finished with 21 points, a career-high for Moore, while Callori added a team-high nine rebounds. Junior point guard Gus Argenal had his second strong outing in as many nights, matching his career-high with eight assists.
Western was led by Palm, who scored 21 points a pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Dykstra finished with 14 points as the only other Viking player in double figures.
In the first game Saturday night, Jacob Fahl scored a game-high 20 points to lead four Mustang players in double figures as Southwest State (MN) defeated Dominican, 78-62. Dominican was paced by Trey Putnam's 16 points and Chris Wilmont's 15.
At the conclusion of the Hamilton Classic, the all-tournament team was announced. Stearns, Callori, Palm, Fahl and Wilmont were all selected to the team.
UC Davis will next be in action when it travels to Denver on November 30 for a matchup against Regis University. Gametime is set for 6 pm PST.
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