Dec. 7, 2002
CHICO, Calif. - Daveris Hester hit a baseline jumper with :21 left and the Wildcat defense held the Aggies to just four points over the final eight minutes as Chico State defeated UC Davis, 70-65, in the California Collegiate Athletic Association men's opener for both teams in front of 1647 at Acker Gym.
With the loss, UC Davis falls to 2-3 on the season while the Wildcats improve to 2-1.
UC Davis led 63-60 with 6:32 remaining following a Ryan Moore jumped that just beat the shot clock. It would be the last Aggie field goal of the game as the Aggies went cold from the field. They would miss their final nine shots of the contest as Chico rallied to take a three point lead over the next six minutes.
Holding the three-point lead with under 30 seconds left, Wildcat forward Ben Perak penetrated the key before passing to Hester along the right side of the baseline. With the shot clock winding down, Hester calmly drained the 15-foot jumper to give Chico a five-point lead with :23 left in the contest. The two teams would trade free throws over the waning second for the final margin of victory.
UC Davis took a one-point lead into the second half and then extended it to 10 at 52-42, at the 14:24 mark following two free throws from Justin Stearns. The Wildcats were in the midst of a cold streak as they went 5:47 without a point until Travis McCollum's layup broke the dry spell. The basket also ignited a 9-0 Chico run over the next three minutes to bring the game within reach.
UC Davis would maintain its lead until Hester connected for a jumper at the 4:23 mark, giving Chico the lead for good.
"I'm proud of the way we played tonight," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "We played with a lot of heart and emotion. We just came up short on a couple of our shots down the stretch and that was the difference."
The Aggies jumped out early as they put a 13-0 run together midway through the first half, concluding with a Dominic Callori jumper that gave UC Davis a 22-10 lead. They would keep the lead at a comfortable margin for most of the half until a late charge by Chico cut a nine-point Aggie lead to one over the final 4:33.
For the game, Callori led the Aggies with 23 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth 20-plus point effort in five games this season. Moore finished with 21 points, tying his career-high, while adding five rebounds. Stearns was the only other Aggie in double figures with 10 points.
Perak led four Chico players in double figures with 15 points and six rebounds, while Hester finished the night with 13 points.
UC Davis will next be in action on December 19 when it hosts Cal State Hayward in a non-conference game at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.
UC DAVIS (1-2, 0-1 CCAA)
Justin Stearns 3-10 2-2 10, Ryan Moore 9-17 2-2 21, Mamo Rafiq 3-7 0-1 7, Dominic Callori 9-14 3-6 23, Danny Workman 0-0 0-0 0, Fowzi Abdelsamad 0-4 1-2 1, Jesse Pruitt 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Reid 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Butts 0-0 0-0 0, Brett Lantz 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 25-54 8-13 65.
CHICO STATE (2-1, 1-0 CCAA)
Joel Hanafee 1-5 0-0 3, Scott Land 4-11 0-0 10, Daveris Hester 5-9 3-4 13, Ben Perak 5-10 5-7 15, Will Bonner 3-5 0-2 6, Brian Faulstich 0-2 0-0 0, Andy Butcher 4-6 0-2 10, Travis McCollum 2-5 3-5 7, Narcippa Teague 3-5 0-0 6, Jason Beyer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-58 11-20 70.
Halftime - UC Davis 41-40. Three-point goals - UC Davis 7-22 (Stearns 2-7, Callori 2-5, Rafiq 1-5, Moore 1-3, Lantz 1-1, Abdelsamad 0-1), Chico State 5-18 (Land 2-7, Butcher 2-3, Hanafee 1-3, Hester 0-3, Perak 0-1, Faulstich 0-1). Rebounds - UC Davis 31 (Callori 10), Chico State 33 (Teague, Perak 6). Assists - UC Davis 16 (Stearns, Callori 5), Chico State 18 (Land 4). Fouls - UC Davis 18, Chico State 16. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Attendance - 1,647.