Jan. 2, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Ryan Sypkens hit a school-record 10 three-pointers while scoring a career-high 30 points on Thursday night as the UC Davis men's basketball team rolled to a 93-69 non-conference win over visiting Simpson University at The Pavilion.
Sypkens had six three-pointers in the first half before tying the school record of eight — which he shared with teammates Corey Hawkins, Tyler Les and three others — five minutes into the second half. He broke the mark with 13:44 remaining.
"Ryan (Sypkens) is an elite shooter," said head coach Jim Les following the game. "He was really good at being selective, especially early in the game when he waited for his shot instead of just taking a shot. When he is patient, he is as dangerous a shooter as anyone in the country.
"Once he found his rhythm, I thought his teammates did a great job in finding open looks for him."
Sypkens grabbed his first share of the school record last season when he had eight three-pointers at Nevada last season.
"I have to give all the credit to my teammates because they were willing to pass up opportunities of their own," said Sypkens.
Added the school's newest single game three-point record holder, "My shot felt great tonight, I did not even realize I broke the record hit a shot in the corner and heard the bench yell 'you broke the record!'"
Thursday's win lifted the Aggies' record to 5-10 heading into next week's Big West Conference opener at Cal State Northridge. Iggy Nujic added a career-high 14 points for UC Davis while Hawkins had 19 and Georgi Funtarov pitched in with 10. Hawkins also had a career-best seven assists.
Jonnie Washburn had 12 points for Simpson which fell to 2-15 overall. Dalton Thacker had a team-high seven rebounds.
Sypkens made 10 of 14 from beyond the arc, helping UC Davis shoot 44.8% from three-point and 53.3% overall. The Aggies also held a 40-30 rebounding advantage, had just 11 turnovers and led by as many as 30 points.
The game was tied 12-12 in the first half but an 11-2 run, capped by a pair of free throws from Darius Graham with 9:44 to go, gave the Aggies a 23-14 lead. The advantage swelled to 16 points three times before Sypken's sixth three-pointer with 1:10 on the clock staked UC Davis to a 45-26 halftime lead.
Simpson wasn't able to get closer than 14 points in the second half while UC Davis was able to build its advantage, particularly on the long-range shooting of Sypkens.
"I liked the way we moved the ball around tonight; we finished with 23 assists by making the extra passes needed to turn good shots into great shots," said Les.
By shooting 56.3 pct. in the second half, UC Davis ended their final league tune-up by shooting 53.3 pct. (32-for-60) from the floor, 44.8 pct. (13-for-29) from three and 84.2 pct. (16-for-19) at the line.
Conversely, Simpson shot 36.5 pct. (23-for-63), 33.3 pct. (9-for-27) from three and 82.4 pct. (14-for-17) from the stripe.
Funtarov grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and also had five assists while Avery Johnson also had five dishes.
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