Dec. 7, 2005
RENO, Nev. - In a bid for its second upset in four days UC Davis came up short in a 78-51 loss to Nevada, Wednesday night in Reno. The Wolf Pack, ranked no. 17 in the Associated Press Top-25, made a statement early by starting the game on a 10-0 run. The Aggies trailed by as many as 17 in the first half and were never able to get closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Kyle Brucculeri led the Aggies (1-5) with 16 points, including a 4-for-9 effort from beyond the arc. Phil Rasmussen posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Rommel Marentez came within one board of a double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. Nevada (6-0) was led by Marcelus Kemp, who finished with 19 points.
The Wolf Pack dominated the first half. Neither team scored in the game's opening three minutes before Nevada scored 10 straight points and led 10-0 at the 15:01 mark. UC Davis scored its first points with 14:38 left in the half on a Marentez bucket. The Wolf Pack would lead by as many as 17 points before settling for a 40-24 halftime lead.
The Aggies made a run at the Wolf Pack to start the second half. Marentez hit two free throws at the 18:25 mark to make it 40-26. After a free throw by Mo Charlo gave Nevada a 41-26 lead, the Aggies score five points on the same trip down the floor. The surge began with a three-pointer by Jesse Lopez Low, who finished with eight points. On the shot, a foul away from the play kept the ball with the Aggies. On the inbounds play, Rasmussen connected from short-range to make it 41-31 with 16:38 left in the game.
That was as close as UC Davis would get as the Wolf Pack ran off 10 straight points to take a 51-31 lead at the 13:32 mark. Nevada extended the margin to as many as 36 points.
The Wolf Pack shot 58 percent for the game and held the Aggies to 33 percent. Nevada outrebounded UC Davis 36-33 and forced the Aggies into 16 turnovers.
The Aggies were coming off of Sunday's 64-58 victory against Stanford at home.
UC Davis returns to action Saturday night when it hosts Idaho State at The Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will air on KSAC 1240-AM and can also be heard on www.ucdavisaggies.com.
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