Dec. 18, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - Dan Grunfeld scored 18 points and the Cardinal shot 63 percent from the field as Stanford opened the newly renovated Maples Pavilion with a 72-62 victory over UC Davis Saturday evening.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 3-5 on the season while the Cardinal improves its record to 4-4.
Stanford jumped out to a quick 14-4 lead in the opening four and a half minutes as Grunfeld scored six early points, the final three coming on one of his two three-points on the night. UC Davis clawed its way back into the contest as Fowzi Abdelsamad and Ryan Moore carried the lead in the first half. Both players scored seven points in the opening 20 minutes as the Aggies drew within two points at 24-22 with just under six minutes to play. The Aggies held their ground with the much bigger Cardinal as both teams shot well in the half, with UC Davis hitting on 52 percent from the field with Stanford connecting on 59 percent in the half.
The big difference was in the paint where the Cardinal dominated, especially Rob Little. The 6-foot-10 senior scored 10 points in the half on 5-of-6 shooting as Stanford outscored the Aggies 18-8 on points in the paint. Center Matt Haryasz also had 10 point sin the half, making four of his five shots.
In the second Abdelsamad hit a three, one of five on the night for the senior, to cut the lead to 41-35 with 17 minutes left, but that was as close as UC Davis came, Back-to-back threes from Tim Morris and Grunfeld pushed the lead back to double digits where it remained for a majority of the half. Morris, who scored just two points in the first period, came alive in the second, scoring eight straight Cardinal points midway through the half.
While Morris was riding his hot streak, the Aggie offense went cold, going over four and a half minutes with a field goal as the Cardinal lead went from nine to 16. The Aggies chipped away and had it back to 10 with a chance to cut it even further, but a Rommel Marentez layup was blocked by Haryasz, who converted a layup at the other to kill the Aggie rally.
"We are playing better basketball for longer periods of time , which is something we've been harping on," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "We are in the midst of changing things - getting the tempo at a pace we want to play - and tonight we did an excellent job of that.
"I felt we were a possession away from feeling good where we were in the game but couldn't get the key stop or bucket," Stewart continued. "Give credit to Stanford, the are a good team with great leadership."
For the game Abdelsamad led all scorers with 22 points, hitting five three pointers for his third 20-plus point effort of the year. Marentez finished with 15 points and a team-high four rebounds as the only other Aggie in double figures. As a team UC Davis shot 48 percent from the field but a blistering 59 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 10-of-17 attempts.
In addition to Grunfeld, Stanford was led by Little's 14 points and six boards while Haryasz finished his night with 12 points, a game-high nine rebounds and two blocks. The Cardinal shot 63.3 percent from the field and held a commanding 32-12 advantage on points in the paint.
UC Davis is next in action on Monday when it hosts Dartmouth as part of a men's and women's doubleheader at the Pavilion. The women's game against Hampton begins at 6 p.m. with the men to follow at 8 p.m.
UC DAVIS (3-5)
JaQay Carlyle 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Moore 3-7 2-2 9, Thomas Juillerat 2-5 0-0 4, Rommel Marentez 5-11 2-2 15, Fowzi Abdelsamad 8-14 1-2 22, Justin Stearns 0-0 0-0 0, Phil Rasmussen 3-5 2-4 9, Ryan Schwarz 0-0 0-0 0, Robert Ehsan 1-4 1-2 3, Madison Butts 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-46 8-12 62.
Nick Robinson 4-8 0-0 8, Matt Haryasz 5-7 2-2 12, Rob Little 7-9 0-0 14, Chris Hernandez 1-3 2-2 5, Dan Grunfeld 7-11 2-3 18, Tim Morris 6-9 0-0 13, Evan Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Taj Finger 0-1 0-0 0, Jason Haas 0-0 0-0 0, Fred Washington 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 31-49 6-8 72.
Halftime: Stanford 36-29. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 10-17 (Abdelsamad 5-10, Marentez 3-4, Moore 1-1, Rasmussen 1-1, Juillerat 0-1), Stanford: 4-8 (Grunfeld 2-4, Hernandez 1-2, Morris 1-2). Rebounds: UC Davis 18 (Marentez 4), SU 29 (Haryasz 9). Assists: UC Davis 8 (Juillerat 4), Stanford 14 (Hernandez 6). Turnovers: UC Davis 18, Stanford 17. Fouls: UC Davis 15, Stanford 19. Fouled Out: Juillerat. Att.: 5,002.