Chico State Uses Big Second Half To Defeat UC Davis 72-67

Junior Fowzi Abdelsamad scored a season-high 23 points Saturday against Chico State. (Wayne Ticlock/The Davis Enterprise)
 
Junior Fowzi Abdelsamad scored a season-high 23 points Saturday against Chico State. (Wayne Ticlock/The Davis Enterprise)
 

Dec. 6, 2003

Box Score

CHICO, Calif. - Brian Faulstich scored 11 points, including two key baskets in the closing minutes, and the Wildcats rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half as Chico State defeated UC Davis 72-67 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball game Saturday evening in front of 978 at Acker Gym.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 2-2, 1-1 in conference play while Chico State improves to 4-1, 1-1 in the CCAA.

UC Davis held a 47-37 lead with 12 minutes, 35-seconds remaining in the second half following a Ryan Moore jumper. It was the last Aggie field goal over the next 3:30 during which the Wildcats went on an 11-0 run to take their first lead since 3:24 mark of the first half.

After the teams traded baskets, Chico took the lead for good on a three-pointer from Jason Van Eck with 7:48 remaining. Moore's free throw cut it to one but another three from Tim Haley pushed the lead to four. The game would be tied two more times before Faulstich gave the Wildcats the lead for good. With the shot clock winding down, the senior guard hit a 15-foot jumper that gave Chico a 66-64 edge with 2:30 remaining. Moore then sank two free throws to cut the lead to one, but Faulstich sank another jumper with :21 seconds left to push the lead back to three at 70-67. On the next Aggie possession, Gus Argenal was fouled, but missed both free throw attempts. Faulstich then sealed the game with two free throws for the final margin of victory.

Chico jumped out to a 9-2 lead early looking to avenge a 26-point loss to the Aggies on Wednesday night in Davis. The lead grew to nine at 15-6 midway through the first half as UC Davis struggled to find its range. The Aggies began the game connecting on just one of its first nine attempts while Chico was hitting 54 percent of its shots.

Trailing 17-10 at the 8:49 mark of the half, UC Davis went on a 10-0 run over the next 2:31, sparked by two Fowzi Abdelsamad three-pointers, the last giving the Aggies a 20-17 lead. Beau Henegar's jumper gave the Wildcats their last lead at 22-20 before UC Davis ripped off a 12-4 run over the final 4:04 of the half.

 

 

The combination of Abdelsamad and Moore carried the Aggies in the first half, scoring 26 of UC Davis' 32 points. Enter the contest Abdelsamad had made 2 of 7 three-pointers for the season, but connected for three in the first half alone.

"Chico State deserves all the credit," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "They executed better than we did, they played harder and were more determined at both ends of the floor in the second half.

"The final 14 minutes of the first half was the best we have executed all year," Stewart continued. "We just weren't able to sustain it."

Moore finished with game-highs of 24 points, six rebounds and six assists while Abdelsamad's night ended with a season-high 23 points on 5 of 9 shooting from behind the arc. Phil Rasmussen was the only other Aggie in double figures with 11. UC Davis, which shot 57.1 percent against Chico on Wednesday, connected on 46 percent on Saturday and were outrebounded 32-21.

The Wildcats were led by Van Eck's 17 points, while Charles Webster added 16. After shooting 48 percent in the first half and committing 15 turnovers, Chico shot 54.2 percent in the second and turned the ball over just twice.

UC Davis will next be in action on Wednesday, December 17 when it hosts UC Santa Cruz at Recreation Hall. Gametime is set for 8 p.m.

UC DAVIS (2-2, 1-1 CCAA)
Phil Rasmussen 4-8 1-2 11, Fowzi Abdelsamad 8-17 2-2 23, Gus Argenal 0-1 0-2 0, Robert Ehsan 0-5 0-0 0, Ryan Moore 8-13 8-11 24, Rommel Marentez 1-2 0-0 2, Ari Warmerdam 0-1 0-0 0, Madison Butts 1-1 0-0 2, Thomas Juillerat 1-2 3-4 5. Totals 23-50 14-21 67.

CHICO STATE (4-1, 1-1 CCAA)
Beau Henegar 2-3 0-0 5, Brian Faulstich 4-5 2-2 11, Jason Van Eck 3-8 10-12 17, Andy Butcher 1-4 0-0 3, Ben Perak 4-10 1-2 9, Tim Haley 2-3 4-6 9, Colin Carr 0-3 0-0 0, Charles Webster 8-10 0-0 16, Travis McCollum 0-0 2-2 2, Narcippa Teague 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-47 19-24 72.

Halftime: UC Davis 32-26. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 7-19 (Abdelsamad 5-9, Rasmussen 2-6, Moore 0-1, Argenal 0-1, Ehsan 0-1, Warmerdam 0-1), CSUC: 5-12 (Haley 1-1, Faulstich 1-1, Henegar 1-2, Van Eck 1-2, Butcher 1-3, Perak 0-1, Carr 0-2). Rebounds: UC Davis 21 (Moore 6), CSUC 32 (Perak/Haley/Van Eck 5). Assists: UC Davis 9 (Moore 6), CSUC 15 (Butcher/Perak 4). Turnovers: UC Davis 12, CSUC 17. Fouls: UC Davis 21, CSUC 24. Fouled Out: Rasmussen, Van Eck, Perak. Att. 978.