Jan. 19, 2013
HONOLULU - Corey Hawkins' school-record tying eight three-pointers helped him score an Aggie-record 40 points, and UC Davis opened a 17-point halftime lead en route to a 93-82 Big West Conference men's basketball win at Hawai'i on Saturday night.
The Aggies, who tied another school-record by making 16 three-pointers - including 14 in the first half - swept their two Big West road games this weekend, improving to 7-10 overall and 3-3 in the league.
"We made the extra passes when we needed to and had wide open looks throughout the game," said Hawkins.
The Rainbow Warriors, paced by 23 points from Christian Hardinger, lost their first Big West home game of the season and are 10-8 overall and 4-3 in conference action.
J.T. Adenrele added 19 points and nine rebounds for UC Davis while guard Paolo Mancasola had a career-high 11 assists.
Mancasola was the first UC Davis player to record a double-digit assist total since Mark Payne finished with 10 vs. Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 14, 2009.
"Once we found our rhythm early in the first half, it was tough for Hawai'i to break that. I thought Paolo (Mancasola) really bothered Hawai'i when they were on defense and made things really difficult for their big men," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les.
Hawkins was 10 of 14 from the field, including 8 of 9 from beyond the arc, and went a perfect 12 for 12 from the line, all of them down the stretch as Hawai'i tried to rally. He completed the double-double with 12 rebounds.
Said Les: "That is as good as it gets; he (Hawkins) has been spending time in the gym before practice, after practice and before games constantly working on his jumper.
"How often do you see someone score 40 points off 14 shots? He was unbelievably efficient tonight. We want the ball in his hands, especially late in the game; there is nothing more discouraging to an opposing team that is trying to catch up than someone who makes his free throws."
Hawkins' 40 points broke the Aggies' 34-year old individual scoring record held by Mike Lien when he tallied 39 against Cal State Stanislaus at The Pavilion in 1979. It was also the highest road total in program history, eclipsing Randy DeBortoli's 38 points at Chico State in 1988.
"That is as good as it gets; he (Hawkins) has been spending time in the gym before practice, after practice and before games constantly working on his jump shot," said Les.
His eight treys tied a school-record most recently tied by teammate Ryan Sypkens at Nevada last November. Tyler Les also made eight last season at San Jose State.
Behind 14 three-pointers, including seven from Hawkins, UC Davis took a 54-37 halftime lead, using a 24-9 run over the final seven minutes of the half. The Aggies held a double-digit lead for most of the second half before Hawai'i rallied to within 81-74 with just under two minutes to play. However, Hawkins' perfect night at the line kept the Rainbow Warriors away.
"This was a fun night for me and my teammates playing in front of a hostile crowd. All we tried to do was focus on what we needed to accomplish to win the game," said Hawkins.
In addition to rewriting its own record book, UC Davis also tied two Hawai'i all-time records for the most three-point baskets scored by an opposing team and individual player.
The Aggies' 16 three-point field goals tied a program record that was originally set in a double-overtime contest at UC San Diego in 2003, a three-point total that also doubles as a new UC Davis all-time record for the most field goals made in a regulation game.
Saturday's victory completed the weekend sweep for a UC Davis team that began its road trip with a 74-71 win at Cal State Northridge last Thursday - its first victory on the Matadors' home court since Nov. 22, 1986.