Abdelsamad, Defense Lead Aggies Over Seattle University, 65-55

Dec. 20, 2003

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DAVIS, Calif. - Fowzi Abdelsamad scored a game-high 21 points and the Aggie defense held the Redhawks without a field goal over the final nine minutes as UC Davis defeated Seattle University 65-55 in a men's nonconference basketball game in front of 600 Saturday evening at Recreation Hall.

With the win the Aggies improve to 4-2 on the season while Seattle falls to 4-4.

UC Davis held a one-point lead at 50-49 with six minutes remaining as Seattle battled back from a six points down early in the second half. Redhawk center Nic Lano had a chance to put Seattle up but missed the layup and when Fowzi Abdelsamad converted both free throws on the ensuing possession, the Aggies pushed the lead back to three.

Two jumpers and a pair of free throws from Ryan Moore over the next four Aggies possessions pushed the lead to 58-53 with just over three minutes remaining in the game. With under a minute remaining and the shot clock winding down, Abdelsamad hit a free throw line jumper to give the Aggies a five-point lead at 60-55. The Redhawks missed a three on their next possession and were forced to foul on every Aggie possession. UC Davis made five of its final six free throws in the final minute to put the game away.

UC Davis held a 48-44 lead midway through the second half following a Moore layup, but Redhawk guard Ryan Webb's three-point play cut the lead to one at the 9:01 mark. It would be the last Seattle field goal of the night as the Redhawks managed just nine free throws the rest of the way, missing its final eight field goal attempts.

"I'm very pleased with how we played down the stretch," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "Seattle keeps you off balance. They have a nice combination of inside/outside players that present matchup problems."



"We got our intensity back on defense and had a great contribution from our bench," Stewart continued. "Rommel (Marentez) was outstanding defensively,, bringing a lot of intensity in the first half. Ari's (Warmerdam) minutes were sensational and Robert (Ehsan) was a stabilizing presence at both ends of the floor."

Both teams started slow as UC Davis made just two of eight field goals with four turnovers in its first 11 possessions. The Redhawks could not take advantage as the score was tied at 5-5 after the opening six minutes. Seattle went on a 6-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 11-5 at the 12 minute mark.

The Redhawks zone defense caused problems for the Aggies early on before Ryan Moore got things going with his first basket of the game, igniting an 11-0 Aggie run over the next four minutes. The run extended to 17-4 as UC Davis took its biggest lead of the half at 22-15 following a Moore jumper with five minutes remaining.

UC Davis had a balanced attack in the first half as eight players scored with Moore and Abdelsamad leading the way with six each.

In addition to Abdelsamad's 21 points, Moore finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and a game-high five assists for his first double-double of the season. The Aggies shot 86 percent from the free-throw line, including 11 of 12 in the second half.

Seattle was led by Lano's 13 points, one of three Redhawks in double figures. Jeffrey McDaniel added 12 and a team-high seven rebounds, while Andy Bloom finished his night with 11 points.

UC Davis will next be in action on December 27 when it travels to Reno to face Division I Nevada. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.