Nov. 23, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Ryan Moore scored a game-high 20 points and the Aggies shot 64 percent from the field as UC Davis opened its 2004-05 season with an 87-54 victory over UC Santa Cruz Tuesday night at The Pavilion.
With the victory the Aggies win their season opener for the first time since the 2000-01 season while the Banana Slugs fall to 0-3 on the young season.
It was all UC Davis from the opening tip as Fowzi Abdelsamad nailed a three on the first possession followed by a Moore jumper for the quick 5-0 lead. The Aggies build the lead to 14 less than five minutes into the contest as Moore and Abdelsamad combined for 16 of UC Davis' 18 points in the opening five minutes.
UC Davis methodically extended the lead throughout the first 20 minutes, punctuating the half with a Thomas Juillerat dunk that gave the Aggies a 51-31 lead heading into halftime. UC Davis took advantage of good ball distribution as it dished 15 assists and committed just six turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
The second half was much of the same as the Aggies opened the lead to 29 midway through the period following a three from Abdelsamad. The biggest lead of the game came with five minutes left as Ryan Schwarz converted a layup as UC Davis led 78-44. Ari Warmerdam capped the scoring with a three-pointer with :12 seconds remaining for the final margin of victory.
"I'm pleased with our execution on offense," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "We were unselfish with the basketball and 25 assists is real pleasing. Tonight was a very good starting point for us."
In addition to his 20 points, Moore added five rebounds and three assists while Juillerat finished with 17 points and a game-high five assists. Abdelsamad ended his night with 14 points, hitting four three-pointers. The Aggies connected of 37-of-58 shots from the field, including a blistering 9-of-16 (55.6%) from three-point range.
UC Santa Cruz was paced by Jimmy Herrera and Jon Mercado as each played scored 10 points. Derek Jones added nine points and a game-high-tying six rebounds for the Banana Slugs, who shot 35 percent for the night.
UC Davis will next be in action on Saturday when it travels to Logan, Utah to face Utah State. Gametime is set for 6 p.m., PST.