Bulldogs Steady in win Over UC Davis
November 7th, 2009
Fresno -- The Aggies started their 2009 campaign Friday night against Fresno State. UC Davis is coming into the season with a lot of hype, with many experts predicting them to win the Big West. Fresno State is coming off a four point loss to Pepperdine Wednesday night. The Bulldogs are trying to get back to the NCAA tournament after missing it last season.
The Aggies got ahead early out the gate. Todd Lowenthal led the way scoring four points and dishing two dimes to be involved in every part of UC Davis's eight-point run to start the game.
Fresno State switched their defense to a 2-3 zone however, they started to bait some of UC Davis's more mediocre shooters like Jimmie Harris into taking multiple threes. Meanwhile, on offense, Bryan Harvey and Slyvester Seay were able to get inside. Eventually tying the game back up.
UC Davis freshman Niemer Jefferson started out hot in his first collegiate game, going 4-4 in the first half for 11pts. Off the bench, Raymond Sims performed well in his first game too. Jimmy Jagla had a counter for Fresno state however, the sophomore point guard had one respond by hitting several contested mid-range shots. Along with dishing it down to the Bulldog's bigs.
UC Davis began to play sloppy, however, throwing the ball away several times and missing easy shots. This allowed Fresno State to take a six-point lead in by halftime.
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After halftime, UC Davis looked in the paint towards Dedrick Watson. Watson was able to hit a variety of post fadeaway and mid-range shots to get UC Davis back in the game.
Things continued to go back and forth until around the five-minute mark. Going down the stretch it was clear that UC Davis as a young team didn't have the chemistry yet to close it out. The Aggies struggled to find offense, Jefferson who was perfect in the first half couldn't make a shot.
Donnie Parks UC Davis's highly touted freshman power forward struggled. With three turnovers in the final five minutes. Parks couldn't get to his usual spots on offense and forced several bad shots. The Aggies continued to funnel the ball to Watson in the final two minutes but his offense wasn't enough.
Jimmy Jagla nearly went shot for shot with Watson and when he didn't get open, he found the open man. Not giving UC Davis any chance to get back into the game.