Jan. 3, 2007
Davis, California - Sophomore Vance's Oliver connected on a three-point basket at the buzzer to lift Cal-Davis to a 49-47 victory over Brown Tuesday evening. Oliver finished the contest with a game high 15 points.
Trailing 47-46, the Aggies in-bounded the ball under the Brown basket with nine seconds remaining. Rommel Martinez drove the length of the court and dished the ball to Oliver on the left wing, who buried the three-point basket as time expired.
The win lifts Davis to 2-10 overall, while the Bears fall to 5-9.
When the Bears reflect at this game, they will look at free throw shooting. Brown connected on just 12 of 26 shots from the charity stripe (33 percent).
Cal Davis jumped out to an early 12-4 lead, but the Bears battled back to trail at the half, 20-17, on two free throws by junior Mark McAndrew with six seconds left in the half. The Bears turned the ball over 10 times in the half, but stayed in the game by limiting the Aggies to just 1 of 11 shooting (9 percent) from behind the three-point arc.
The Bears settled down in the second half and took their first lead, 23-22, on a free throw by sophomore Scott Friske with 14:01 left in the half. After five lead changes, the Bears pulled ahead by five points, 40-35, on a three-point basket by McAndrew with 4:40 left in the game.
After Cal Davis grabbed a one point lead, 44-43 on a three point basket by Ari Warmerdam with 2:00 left to play, Friske's layup with 1:20 left gave Brown a 45-44 lead and McAndrew's layup with 1:07 gave Brown a 47-44 advantage.
Sophomore Chris Skrelja led the Bears with 12 points, while grabbing seven rebounds. McAndrew connected on 10 points and pulled down 6 rebounds.
In addition to Oliver's 15 points, senior Thomas Juillerat tossed in 13 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Aggies.
The Bears will conclude their 12-day road trip on Saturday, January 6, facing Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas in their final non-league game of the season. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Central time.