Dec. 22, 2009
USAFA, Colo. - UC Davis was defeated by Air Force, 69-57, Tuesday night in a non-conference men's basketball game at the Air Force Academy. Tom Fow scored a career-high 30 points to pace the Falcons while Mark Payne and Dominic Calegari each scored 14 to lead the Aggies. Joe Harden posted his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Falcons used a late 7-0 run to fight off an Aggie rally.
Air Force (6-4) led 10-4 through the first seven minutes of the game before UC Davis (3-8) put together a 15-2 run to take a 19-12 lead. It featured three-pointers by Payne, Calegari and Ryan Silva. Silva returned to action for the first time since Nov. 15 and finished with three treys and nine points.
The Falcons responded with a 9-0 run and took back the lead at 21-19. The lead would change hands three more times before Air Force finished the half with a 29-27 advantage.
Air Force opened up a 34-29 lead early in the second half, but UC Davis countered with an 8-0 run. A jumper by Calegari gave the Aggies a 37-34 lead at the 15:41 mark. The Falcons eventually tied the game at 39-39 and took the lead for good on a three-point play by Fow with 12:35 remaining to make it 42-41.
The lead grew to 52-43 with under eight minutes to play. A minute later, a Silva trey at the 5:49 mark made it 52-46. The Aggies pulled to within three after a Harden layup made it 54-51 with 4:43 remaining. That's as close as UC Davis would get as Air Force used a 7-0 run to extend its lead to 61-51 with 2:05 left.
Air Force used a stingy defense to hold UC Davis to just 40 percent shooting. On the other end, the Falcons shot 54 percent for the night. That included an 8-for-16 effort from beyond the arc. Fow connected for six three-pointers, including five in the first half.
UC Davis is next in action Dec. 30 when it hosts Whittier College at The Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.