UC Davis Hands Men's Basketball 86-73 Loss
Feb. 11, 2006
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - Forward Kyle Brucculeri scored 28 points - a career-high for the second straight game - to lead UC Davis to a 86-73 victory over Northern Colorado on Saturday night.
Brucculeri scored all eight of his field goals from 3-point range for a total that beat his previous record of 22 posted during a Feb. 4 win over Cal Poly.
Brucculeri was one of four players to score in double figures for UC Davis (8-15), which won back-to-back games against Division I teams for the first time this season.
Sean Taibi scored 17 points to lead Northern Colorado (4-22), who fell to 0-16 in road and neutral site games.
"We did not play well the first 10 minutes of the game and let them get into a comfort zone," head coach Craig Rasmuson said. "Once we got it going, I thought we played with emotion and confidence. I liked the fact that when we got down we kept scrapping. In previous years or even earlier this year we would not have done that and lost by 30 or 40."
Junior Cory Lowe, a native of Bay Area Kentfield, Calif., hit on 5-of-5 shots and scored 14 points.
The Aggies held the Bears without a field goal for the first 5:39 of the game, building an 11-1 advantage. That set the tone for the night, and the Bears never came closer than eight points.
UC Davis led 45-34 at halftime.
Both teams did a good job shooting from the floor. UC Davis made 59.1 percent of its shots. Northern Colorado hit 25-of-39 shots after missing its first six to open the game.
Both campuses are in the third year of a four-year reclassification to Division I and are ineligible for the postseason until the 2007-08 season.