Dec. 29, 2004
MORAGA, Calif. - Ryan Moore scored a game-high 25 points and the Aggies made eight of 10 free throws in the final two minutes as UC Davis defeated Radford 67-63 in the consolation game of the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic at McKeon Pavilion on the Saint Mary's Classic.
With the win the Aggies improve to 5-7 on the season while the Highlanders fall to 5-6.
In stark contrast to Tuesday's game where the Aggies shot just 22 percent in the first half, the Aggies came out strong against Radford. They connected on three of their first four shots and were shooting 60 percent midway through the period. Much of their success came from beyond the three-point line, where UC Davis hit six of 10 shots from long range.
Robert Ehsan's back-door layup gave the Aggies their biggest lead of the half at the eight-minute, 52-second mark. Radford fought back, cutting the lead to three at halftime as Reggie McIntyre scored seven points in the stretch and the Highlanders capitalized as UC Davis went cold from the field. The Aggies connected on only one of their final seven shots in the half, a Justin Stearns three, to take a 27-24 lead into the break.
In the second half the Highlanders tied the game on a Whit Holcomb-Faye three then took their first lead midway through the half when Chris Oliver's jumper made it 41-40, Radford. Fowzi Abdelsamad responded with a three of his own as UC Davis regained the lead. A pair of Oliver Free throws tied the game for the final time as Moore and center Madison Butts took over. The duo scored the next 20 Aggie points as the Aggies pushed their lead to 63-56 with 1:28 remaining.
Radford drew no closer than four in the closing minutes as the Aggies, who struggled from the foul line for much of the game, connected when it counted most to preserve the win.
"It wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing win, but I'm proud of the guys. Their resolve was terrific," said Aggie head coach Gary Stewart. "We received a tremendous effort from our bench. Madison's (Butts) contributions were obvious, but Ari's (Warmerdam) and Justin's (Stearns) were equally important.
"We're getting better in all areas and that is going to manifest itself down the road," continued Stewart. "The guys are executing things the coaching staff is asking them to do in a more timely manner."
For the second straight night the Aggies won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Radford by a 30-27 margin. In addition to Moore's 25, along with six rebounds, Abdelsamad finished with 10 points. Butts had his most productive night of the season, scoring 10 second-half points on 3-of-4 shooting while making all four free throws. The Aggies shot 52 percent from the floor and 53 percent from three-point range.
Brandon Jeffers led the way for Radford with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting while McIntyre added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting. The Highlanders shot 42 percent from the field and held a 17-9 advantage on points off turnovers, but it wasn't enough as the Aggies held on for their second consolation win of the season, capturing the similar game over Longwood at the USF Northwestern Mutual Shootout earlier this month.
UC Davis is next in action on Wednesday when it hosts Menlo College in an exhibition game at the Pavilion. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.
UC DAVIS (5-7)
Fowzi Abdelsamad 3-12 1-2 10, Phil Rasmussen 1-2 2-2 4, JaQay Carlyle 1-1 0-0 2, Robert Ehsan 3-6 2-3 8, Ryan Moore 8-12 5-10 25, Justin Stearns 1-3 1-2 4, Thomas Juillerat 0-0 0-0 0, Ari Warmerdam 1-1 1-2 4, Madison Butts 3-4 4-4 10. Totals 21-41 16-25 67.
Olumuyiwa Popoola 1-2 1-2 3, Chris Goodin 0-3 0-0 0, Chris Oliver 3-8 5-6 11, Andre Bynum 0-5 2-4 2, Duane Ricks 0-0 0-0 0, Brandon Jeffers 6-10 3-4 19, Brandon Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Ivan Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Reggie McIntyre 5-6 5-7 15, Whit Holcomb-Faye 4-9 4-4 13. Totals 19-45 20-27 63.
Halftime -UC Davis 27-24. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 9-17 (Moore 4-4, Abdelsamad 3-9, Warmerdam 1-1, Stearns 1-2, Ehsan 0-1), RU 5-14 (Jeffers 4-5, Holcomb-Faye 1-4, Bynum 0-1, Goodin 0-2, Oliver 0-2). Rebounds: UC Davis 30 (Moore 6), RU 227 (Oliver 66). Assists: UC Davis 12 (Stearns 3), RU 7 (Bynum 2). Turnovers: UC Davis 19, RU 17. Fouls: UC Davis 24, RU 23. Fouled Out: Juillerat. Att.: Not available.