Dec. 19, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - Justin Stearns scored 17 points and the Aggie bench combined for 39 points as UC Davis concluded its non-conference schedule with a 90-74 victory over Cal State Hayward Thursday evening in front of 488 at Rec Hall.
With the victory the Aggies even their season record at 3-3 while Cal State Hayward falls to 1-6.
UC Davis jumped out early in the first half, taking a 12-6 lead four minutes into the contest. Hayward responded with a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to take its final lead of the game. Trailing 15-14 at the 12:39 mark, the Aggies went on a 13-2 run over a four-minute span to take a 10-point lead and would never look back.
Ryan Moore did much of his damage in the first half as he poured in all 16 of his points and grabbed six boards in the opening 20 minutes. Leading 27-21, UC Davis put the game out of reach with a 17-2 run sparked by Stearns, who scored all nine of his first-half points during a 3:21 stretch in that run.
The second half began in much the same fashion as Stearns scored his eight second-half points in the opening six minutes. Stearns hit two three-pointers in the stretch as the lead went to 25 at one point. Hayward would get no closer than 16 the rest of the way as the Aggies cruised to their third victory of the season.
"It was nice to be able to play everyone tonight, and to play everyone significant minutes," said Aggie Head Coach Brian Fogel. "Justin (Stearns) played well as did Ryan Moore, and Jake Reid did a good job in the backcourt of getting us organized.
"It's a good way to go out before heading to the holiday break."
Fogel went to his bench throughout the contest and the players responded. Junior Brett Lantz scored a career-best 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while freshman Jake Reid added 11 points and six assists. In the end, the Aggie reserves outscored their Hayward counterparts by a 39-0 margin.
In addition to Stearns' 17 points, Moore added 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds as UC Davis ran its winning streak over Hayward to 14 games. Hayward was led by Rashad Wright, who scored a game-high 23 points to go with five rebounds and seven blocks.
UC Davis will next be in action on Sunday, December 29, when it returns to California Collegiate Athletic Association play against Chico State at Rec Hall. Gametime is set for 4pm.