Dec. 27, 2003
RENO, Nev. - Kirk Snyder scored a team-high 20 points and the bigger Wolf Pack lineup dominated the boards for a 40-20 rebounding edge as Division I Nevada defeated UC Davis 84-62 in a men's nonconference basketball game in front of 6794 Saturday night at the Lawlor Events Center.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 4-3 on the season while Nevada improves to 6-3 and wins its ninth-straight against UC Davis.
Nevada opened the game on a 19-5 run in the opening seven minutes as all five Wolf Pack starters found the scoring column. UC Davis withstood the onslaught and responded with a run of its own, scoring 14 of game's next 16 points to pull within two at 21-19, with 6:43 remaining. Rommel Marentez came off the bench to provide the spark, scoring 10 of his 12 first-half points in the stretch.
Snyder took control of the game over the next four and a half minutes as the Wolf Pack pushed the lead back to double digits. Snyder scored 12 of his 17 first-half points in that span as Nevada took a 42-29 lead into halftime.
UC Davis struggled with the bigger Nevada lineup as the Wolf Pack owned the boards, outrebounding the Aggies 18-9 in the opening half. That included a 12-3 advantage in second-chance points as Nevada pulled down eight offensive boards in the opening 20 minutes.
UC Davis cut the lead to 10 on Anthony Esparza's three-pointer to open the second-half scoring, but that was as close as the Aggies came. Nevada went on a 15-0 run over the next six minutes to open its biggest lead to that point at 57-32. UC Davis scored the next seven points, five by Marentez, to cut the lead to 57-39, but the lead never dipped below 20 the rest of the way as the Aggies got into early foul trouble in the second half and Nevada made them pay. The Wolf Pack went to the line 19 times in the second half, converting 16. The lead reached 28 late in the game before UC Davis scored eight of the game's last 11 points for the final margin of victory.
"I thought we struggled with the competitive intensity we needed to be successful against a team like Nevada," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "Give credit to Nevada, they took us out of a lot of things we wanted to do and are very aggressive offensively. I don't think we ever got into UC Davis basketball. We were on our heels all night.
"Rommel had the type of intensity needed to play a game of this magnitude," Stewart continued. "He pushed the ball hard and was aggressive in our half-court offense. We have a lot of confidence in his abilities.
Marentez led the way with a career- and game-high 21 points along with four rebounds and two assists while Ryan Moore finished with 18 points, 13 in the second half. He added a team-high five rebounds on the night, the fifth time in seven games he has led the Aggies in rebounding. The Aggies shot a season-low 35.8 percent from the field although they continued to shoot well from the free throw line, connecting on 84.2 percent of their attempts.
Snyder led the Wolf Pack with 20 points, along with seven rebounds and three assists. Sean Paul was the only other Nevada player in double figures, finishing with 11, nine of those coming from the free throw line. The Wolf Pack held a huge advantage in points in the paint, outscoring the Aggies 36-14, and also on the offensive boards, holding a 12-7 edge that resulted in a 17-5 advantage in second-chance points. UC Davis will next be in action on January 2 when it returns to California Collegiate Athletic Association play against Cal State San Bernardino in San Bernardino. Gametime is set for 7:30 p.m.
UC DAVIS (4-3)
Phil Rasmussen 0-4 0-0 0, Fowzi Abdelsamad 1-6 2-2 5, Gus Argenal 1-5 0-0 3, Ryan Moore 6-8 3-4 18, Thomas Juillerat 0-2 4-4 4, JaQay Carlyle 0-0 0-0 0, Rommel Marentez 7-13 5-5 21, Robert Ehsan 0-4 1-2 1, Ari Warmerdam 0-0 0-0 0, Anthony Esparza 1-3 0-0 3, Madison Butts 2-4 0-0 4, Ryan Schwarz 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 19-53 16-19 62.
Kirk Snyder 5-9 7-8 20, Todd Okeson 2-3 2-3 8, Kevinn Pinkney 4-7 0-0 8, Garry Hill-Thomas 4-5 1-1 9, Sean Paul 1-2 9-11 11, Seth Taylor 1-2 0-0 3, Kyle Shiloh 3-5 0-0 6, Marcelus Kemp 2-7 4-4 8, Dean Browne 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Fazekas 4-6 1-1 9, Jermaine Washington 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 26-49 26-30 84.
Halftime: Nevada 42-29. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 8-22 (Moore 3-3, Marentez 2-6, Esparza 1-2, Argenal 1-4, Abdelsamad 1-4, Ehsan 0-1, Rasmussen 0-2), Nevada 6-13 (Snyder 3-4, Okeson 2-3, Taylor 1-2, Fazekas 0-1, Kemp 0-3). Rebounds: UC Davis 20 (Moore 5), Nevada 40 (Washington 8). Assists: UC Davis 13 (Rasmussen/Moore/Juillerat/Marentez/Ehsan 2), Nevada 18 (Okeson 4). Turnovers: UC Davis 15, Nevada 19. Fouls: UC Davis 27, Nevada 19. Fouled Out: Esparza. Att. 6794.
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