Dec. 20, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis scored the first 10 points of the second overtime as the Aggies overcame a 16-point deficit in the second half for a 98-87, double-overtime victory over Dartmouth College Monday evening at the Pavilion.
With the win the Aggies improve to 4-5 on the season while the Big Green falls to 3-5.
Michael Giovacchini tied the game with a driving layup in the closing seconds of the first extra period, but in the second overtime it was all UC Davis. Ryan Moore scored eight of his team-high 28 points in the final five minutes as the Aggies earned its first double-overtime win since a 105-100 win at UC San Diego, Jan. 25, 2003.
In the two overtimes, the Aggies shot 57 percent from the floor while Dartmouth, which had been shooting lights out all night, went cold, connecting on just 36 percent of its shots.
For much of the night it looked as though Dartmouth would shoot its way to the win, thwarting each Aggie rally with big shots in the second half. UC Davis trailed by 11 at 69-58 with 5:56 left before the Aggies started their comeback. Moore's jumper and a Rommel Marentez three ignited the rally that was capped by another Moore layup with :34 seconds left in regulation to give UC Davis a 72-71 lead, its first since the opening minute of the contest. UC Davis might have won it in regulation if not for a tip-in by Chuck Flynn off a Michael Giovacchini layup with :02.4 second left that forced overtime.
"I'm really proud of the way tour guys competed tonight," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "We stayed together and hung together as a team, went through the peaks and valleys... this is a good win for the guys. They worked so hard and they are deserving of their success."
The first belonged to the Big Green as Dartmouth made its first five shots and extended that to 14-of-16 through the first 15 minutes of the half. Midway through the period the Big Green had built a 10-point lead, forcing the Aggies to play catchup, but Dartmouth made it difficult by hitting everything in sight.
Michael Lang led the charge as he hit his first seven shots, three from beyond the arc, en route to 17 first half points. Lang's point total contributed to a 22-6 advantage for Dartmouth in bench points.
Moore led the way for the Aggies in the opening 20 minutes, hitting 4-of-6 shots for 11 points. He was the only Aggie in doubles figures as eight players scored, but only two had more than four points. Fowzi Abdelsamad, the Aggies leading scorer at 16.6 ppg entering the contest, did not get his first shot until the 6:50 mark of the first half. He finished the period with just two points.
The Big Green finished the first half shooting 79.2 percent, making 19-of-24 shots, including 5-of-6 from three-point range, to take a 43-34 lead into halftime.
In the second half it was more of the same as Dartmouth scored the first seven points to extend the lead to 16 just over three minutes into the period. Dartmouth then cooled a bit and it opened the door for an Aggie comeback.
Trailing by 12 with 10:42 left, Phil Rasmussen converted a four-point play, igniting UC Davis. The Aggies chipped away, cutting the lead to eight on numerous occasions, but each threat was answered as Lang and Michael McLaren each hit long-range jumpers to keep the lead around double digits.
Marentez's three at the five-minute mark drew UC Davis to within six at 69-63, the closest the Aggies had been since midway through the first half.
For the game the Aggies shot 57 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. Moore's 28 points were an Aggie season-high and just three shy of his career-high. Marentez added 22 points while Phil Rasmussen had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. Thomas Juillerat finished with team-highs of seven rebounds and a career-best nine assists.
Dartmouth ended the night shooting 59 percent from the field with Lang leading the way with a career-high 31 points. David Gardner added 13 points and eight boards while McLaren had 12 points. Dartmouth missed all five shots in the second overtime with two turnovers, making just four free throws in the final period.
UC Davis is next in action on Wednesday when it hosts Nevada at the Pavilion. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.