Dec. 8, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Jasko Korajkic scored a game-high 19 points and the Tigers used a 9-0 at the start of the second half to break open a one-point game at halftime as Pacific defeated UC Davis 78-63 Wednesday night in front of 1869 at the Pavilion.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 2-3 on the season while the Tigers improve to 3-1.
UC Davis led for much of the first half as they shot 52 percent from the field before Guillaume Yango's free throw with 39 seconds broke a 36-36 tie and gave the Tigers the one-point lead at intermission. In the second half it was a different story as Yango sparked the UOP run with four points, five rebounds and a block. Before three minutes had elapsed in the half the Tigers had pushed the lead to 10 before Rommel Marentez's layup ended the streak. The lead grew to 15 at the 15:05 mark following a Marko Mihailovic layup and remained in double digits for the five minutes.
Trailing by 15 at 60-45, JaQay Carlyle sparked a 10-0 Aggie run as he scored six straight points with just under 11 minutes remaining. Marentez then hit a three followed by another Carlyle layup as UOP's lead was trimmed to five midway through the half.
That was as close as UC Davis came as a Tyler Newton layup ignited a 12-0 Tiger run over the next four minutes to put the game away. Pacific made all six free throws in the run, which was capped with a Newton dunk in front of the Tiger bench. Following a strong shooting effort in the first half, the Aggie shooters went cold late, making just two of their final 13 shots.
"It's disappointing. I felt like we played good basketball early but we were not able to sustain it," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart.
"(Pacific) is a very talented team and in the second half they took the ball inside and got the tempo back in their favor. They forced their will on us in the second half.
"In the first half I thought our offense fed off our defense and we executed on the defense end," Stewart continued. "We're close, just missing some assignments in terms of concentrating on defense."
Early on it was the Aggies who had the edge, jumping out to an 11-4 in the opening four minutes. UC Davis built its biggest lead of the half at 19-11 with 10:26 remaining following a Thomas Juillerat layup. The Aggie defense keyed the offense as it held Pacific to just 23 percent shooting over the opening 12 minutes. The Tigers drew even after a David Doubley three with just under five minutes in the half, but Ryan Moore answered with a three of his own to keep UC Davis on top.
Mike Webb's layup with 3:36 left in the half gave Pacific its first lead of the game, but two more ties and a pair of lead changes followed before Pacific ended the half with the one-point advantage.
For the night the Aggies were paced by Moore's 17 while Marentez finished with 15 and Carlyle a career-high 12. UC Davis finished the night shooting 37.9 percent from the field after a 52.2 percent first half and for the first time this season connected on under 80 percent of it's free throws, hitting 75 percent (12-16).
Pacific was led by Yango's 17 points and game-high 14 rebounds, while Korajkic grabbed eight boards to go along with his 19 points. In all, four Tiger players were in double figures as UOP ended the night shooting 46 percent from the field.
UC Davis is next in action on Friday when it faces Saint Joseph's in the first round of the USF Northwestern Mutual Shootout, hosted by the University of San Francisco. Gametime is set for 5:30 p.m.
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