Dec. 4, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Kyle Feuerbach scored 21 points, including a key four-point play late in the contest, to lift Northern Arizona to a 69-64 victory over UC Davis in front of a Break the Record Night crowd of 4110 fans Saturday evening at the Pavilion.
With the loss the Aggies see their season record move to 2-2 while the Lumberjacks improve to 4-3.
Northern Arizona held a 12-point lead with just over seven minutes remaining following two Ruben Boykin, Jr. free throws. Rommel Marentez took over for the next minute and a half, scoring all seven points, the last a three-pointer with 6:00 left to cut the lead to 52-46. On the ensuing possession, Feuerbach drained a three and was fouled by Marentez on the play, converting the free throw to push the lead back to 10.
The Aggies fought back, cutting the lead to four with 21 seconds left after a Ryan Moore layup. UC Davis was forced to foul and the Lumberjacks made enough to keep it a two possession game and UC drew no closer than four.
"We struggled offensively tonight," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "We didn't get any interior baskets and when we did make our adjustments, it was too late. Tonight we worked ourselves back into the game, but couldn't get a couple of stops late.
"This is a situation where we are growing daily," Stewart continued. "We'll play better for longer periods of time, but it's still a learning curve."
It was a two-point game midway through the first half until the Lumberjacks went on a 9-0 run to make it 25-14 with 5:14 left. DeJuan Stevens scored five of those points, the final three coming on a layup and subsequent free throw for the double-digit lead. Feuerbach and Stevens each had 11 points in the half to lead NAU, which shot 52 point from the field for the opening 20 minutes.
In the second half NAU stretched the lead to 15 midway through the period as Boykin had five of his eight points on the night in that stretch. Just as they did Wednesday night at Sacramento State, the Aggies fought back as Marentez led the charge. UC Davis, which shot just 32 percent in the first half, connected on 48 percent in the second half as it worked back into the game. Down the stretch a key missed free that could have made it a one-possession game coupled with a lead that was too much to overcome ended any chance for a second straight victory.
For the game Marentez finished with a team-high 19 points while Fowzi Abdelsamad added 16 and Moore 12. Phil Rasmussen came off the bench to grabbed a game- and season-high 11 rebounds. UC Davis ended its night shooting 41 percent from the field and 80 percent from the charity stripe, the fourth time in as many games this season the Aggies were over 80 percent from the line.
NAU was paced by Stevens' 22 points and eight boards, while Feuerbach ended his night with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting. The Lumberjacks made 52.9 percent of their shots though they struggled from the free throw line, hitting just 42 percent.
Break the Record Night is the Aggies' annual attempt to set a single-season attendance record at the Pavilion.
UC Davis is next in action on Wednesday when it hosts the University of the Pacific at the Pavilion. Gametime is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen in the greater Sacramento area on Comcast Sports Net.