UC Davis Rallies To Down Stanford, 64-58
Dec. 4, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - Kyle Brucculeri's 3-pointer capped a late 9-2 run and UC Davis stunned Stanford in yet another sport, beating the Cardinal 64-58 Sunday.
The Aggies (1-4) followed up on their upset of Stanford in football, when they scored the final 20 points of a 20-17 win that ultimately ended up costing the Cardinal a bowl bid. Highlights of that game played on the videoboard during warmups and some of the UC Davis students chanted 'Just like football!' in the final seconds.
It seemed like a repeat would be unlikely when Stanford broke out to a 12-point lead midway through the first half.
But the Aggies, who are in the third year of a four-year transition from Division II to Division I, outhustled the Cardinal and played with more poise down the stretch.
Stanford (2-3), picked second in the Pac-10, had a miserable weekend, also losing at Montana on Friday. The Cardinal have a losing record after five games for the second straight year under coach Trent Johnson after not doing that once in 17 seasons under Mike Montgomery.
After Tim Morris' tied the game at 48 for Stanford with a free throw with about 5 minutes left, the Aggies went on their run. Phil Rasmussen's basket gave the Aggies the lead for good and after Taj Finger missed the front end of a one-on-one, Vince Oliver scored on a pretty drive to make it a four-point game.
After a basket by Morris, Rommel Marentez scored on a floater in the lane and Brucculeri hit the 3 that send the crowd of 5,386 into a frenzy.
The students rushed the court after the final buzzer as Stanford's players walked off the court dejectedly.
Rasmussen scored 18 points, Thomas Juillerat added 15 and Oliver had 12 for the Aggies, who had lost all 12 previous meetings against the Cardinal.
Rasmussen's three-point play early in the second half tied the game at 34, who trailed by 12 in the first half. Jason Haas then fouled Vince Oliver on a 3-pointer and Oliver hit all three free throws to give the Aggies their first lead at 39-36.
Stanford responded with five straight points before Brucculeri out UC Davis back in front 42-41 with a 3-pointer with 8:28 to go.
Stanford was hurt badly by poor foul shooting, missing seven of its first nine attempts in the second half.
Stanford started strong, hitting nine of its first 12 shots to break out to a 20-8 lead. But UC Davis responded with a 10-2 run and kept the game close for the rest of the half.
The Aggies were helped when Haryasz accidentally tipped in Oliver's miss for the Aggies and the crowd really got into it when Brucculeri blocked a shot at the other end.
Stanford star point guard Chris Hernandez committed two fouls in the first 1:48 of the game and sat out the rest of the half. He finished 1-for-9 in the game with only three points.
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