Western Washington Spoils Aggies Season-Opener With 76-61 Victory

Nov. 24, 2003

Box Score

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Guard Ryan Diggs had 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds and guard Jason Burrell had 17 points and a game-high five assists as Western Washington University defeated UC Davis, 76-61, in a men's basketball game Monday at Sam Carver Gymnasium.

With the win the Vikings improve to 2-0 on the while the Aggies drop their season-opener.

UC Davis, playing its opener under first-year head coach Gary Stewart, took its final lead of the contest on a Phil Rasmussen three-point with just over 14 minutes remaining in the contest. It gave the Aggies a 47-46 lead that was short-lived as Western ran off the next 11 points as the Aggies went cold from the field, going over five minutes with scoring.

Late in the game the Aggies would make a final push, cutting the lead to five at 59-54 with 7:35 remaining. They would get no closer as the Vikings closed on a 17-7 run for the final margin of victory. It was a back-and-forth game in the opening half as their were eight ties and seven lead changes, with neither team leading by more that three points in the final 13 minutes of the period.

For the game Aggie forward Ryan Moore led all scored with 19 points while adding five rebounds. Rasmussen ended his first game as an Aggie with 14 points while Thomas Juillerat added 11 points off the bench. UC Davis, which shot 50 percent in the first half, went cold in the second, hitting just 29 percent from the field and 30 percent from beyond the arc.

Burrell finished the game 3-of-4 from the field and connected on all 11 free throw attempts. Western Washington held a commanding 30-12 edge in free throws attempted, making 26 compared to just nine for the Aggies. Western also held a 35-25 edge on the boards.

UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday with its home-opener against Lewis and Clark College. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.