Dec. 17, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Ryan Moore celebrated his 21st birthday by scoring a career-high 31 points and the Aggies took a double-digit lead seven minutes into the contest and never looked back as UC Davis defeated UC Santa Cruz, 92-40, in a men's non-conference basketball game in front of 753 Wednesday evening at Recreation Hall.
With the win the Aggies improve to 3-2 on the season while the Banana Slugs fall to 1-10.
Moore scored the game's first bucket 15 seconds into the contest, giving the Aggies a lead they didn't relinquish. Freshman Thomas Juillerat, getting his first start as an Aggie, scored five of the team's first nine points en route to seven first-half points. While Moore and his 19 first-half points had the Aggies offense on track, it was the defense that widened the gap. The Banana Slugs cut the lead to eight at 18-10 at the 13:54 mark on a Minas Be-Emnet layup, but it was the last Santa Cruz field goal for the next 10 minutes, 22 seconds during which the Aggies outscored the Slugs 18-4.
UC Davis closed the half on a 25-9 run to take a 43-17 lead into halftime.
The second half proved to be much of the same as the Aggies scored at will. The lead grew to 30 early on and stayed there through the first 10 minutes of the half. Lorenzo Hutton hit a jumper with 8:18 remaining for Santa Cruz, marking the last Banana Slug field goal on the night. The Slugs managed just two free throws the rest of the way as the Aggies build the lead to 54 before settling for the final margin of victory.
"This game was very important for us after a long layoff and coming off of finals," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "This was an opportunity to use different things during the game. We're still a work in progress, still looking at combinations. We are only five games into the season with a lot of young players.
"Ryan (Moore) got in the flow tonight and the team recognized that and tried to get him the ball as much as possible," Stewart said."
Moore's 31 points eclipsed his previous career-high by five, as he added eight rebounds and three assists on the night. Juillerat finished his night with 13 points while Phil Rasmussen added 12. Freshman Ari Warmerdam added a season-best 10 points while freshman Anthony Esparza, making his Aggie debut, finished with a game-high eight rebounds.
Santa Cruz was led by Derek Jones' 12 points, the only Slug player in double figures.
UC Davis will next be in action this Saturday when it hosts Seattle University at Recreation Hall. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.