Jan. 2, 2010
Davis, Calif. - Dominic Calegari scored 20 points and Joe Harden had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds Saturday night to lead UC Davis to a 67-63 victory over Cal State Fullerton in both teams' Big West Conference opener.
Calegari made two clinching free throws with 21 seconds to play as the Aggies improved to 5-8. Gerard Anderson had 13 points and 9 rebounds and Aaron Thompson had 11 points and 6 rebounds for the Titans, who began the week leading the Big West in free-throw percentage but made only 13 of 28 free throw attempts and fell to 5-7.
Davis led most of the game including 37-26 at the half and by as many as 14 points early in the second half, the last time at 42-28. But the Titans, who missed 11 of their first 16 free throws, drew as close as 46-40, fell back to 60-47 but came back again. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Thompson and Devon Peltier made it 64-60 and two Eric Williams free throws made it 64-62 with 32 seconds left. Ryan Sypkens missed two free throws for the Aggies and the Titans had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead. But Thompson was called for an offensive foul with 21 seconds left. The Titans fouled Calegari, who sank two free throws to make it 66-62. Each team added a late free throw.
Fullerton outrebounded the hosts, 37-32, but committed 19 turnovers to 16 for the Aggies.
Davis made 9 of 16 from the 3-point line (56 percent) while the Titans were 6 of 22 (27 percent). At the foul line, Davis made 16 of 26. Four misses in a row in the closing minutes helped the Titans rally.