A tale of two different halves, the Aggies shot a blistering 59.26% from the field in the second half and were fueled by raised defense intensity which led to the Aggies dictating the pace of play. Getting out in transition has been an emphasis all season, and once the Aggies were able to string together some stops behind Johnson with his four steals, UC Davis capitalized on the 20 Mustang turnovers.
Dominating the paint and getting downhill after creating a staggering seven turnovers in the final 4:49 of play, UC Davis was able to pull of the near impossible. Leading for only 46 seconds throughout the game, it was all the Aggie would need to find themselves back in the win column.
“We looked in each other’s eyes and said there was still a lot of time left,” said Johnson, a transfer from Loyola of Chicago.
“It all starts with the bond we formed in the locker room. We believed we could do it. I give credit to my coaches and teammates for believing in me to take the last shot. A win like this can start a trickle and give us another win streak. Come March, we want to be able to get into the NCAA tournament and make miracles happen.”
“TY was spectacular,” offered UCD head coach Jim Les without fear of contradiction.
“This team has a refuse-to-lose attitude, and we knew near the end we just had to put the ball in the hands of number two (Johnson) and let him do the rest.”
“We got really animated at the end,” Les added. “We got after it and made some plays. We needed to get it back one possession at a time. You’re going to have nights where everything isn’t falling, and you have to give Cal Poly credit for making some tough shots.
“I’m really happy for this group and this is a game we can look back on if we get in a similar situation down the road.”