Jan. 23, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis cut a 20-point second-half deficit to single digits but visiting Hawai'i was able to answer the challenge with a late run to down the Aggies 90-73 in a Big West Conference men's basketball game on Thursday night at The Pavilion.
Corey Hawkins scored 21 points to pace UC Davis, leading four Aggies in double figures. UC Davis fell to 6-14 overall and 1-4 in the Big West while Hawai'i, which had 22 points and 10 rebounds from Christian Standhardinger, upped its overall mark to 13-5 and its league mark to 2-2.
Iggy Nujic had a season-high 17 points for the Aggies while Georgi Funtarov and Ryan Sypkens each had 10.
Sypkens, the Aggies’ most successful three-point shooter in program history and current holder of three school records–most three-point field goals made in a career, season and single game–continued his ascent up the Big West Conference’s career chart by finishing with two baskets from behind the arc.
The senior guard entered Thursday’s game tied for No. 4 all-time alongside Utah State’s Tony Brown (1999-02) and UNLV’s Anderson Hunt (1989-91) and left The Pavilion as the outright No. 4 sharpshooter in the league’s 45-year history.
With Nujic leading the way, a season-high 38 of UC Davis’ points were earned by its reserves.
Both teams shot the ball well as Hawai'i shot .582 percent from the floor while the Aggies made 10 three-pointers and shot .509 percent overall.
The Aggies led by as many as seven points in the first half before going down 45-34 at halftime. A pair of free throws from Standhardinger with 13:01 to go in the second half gave the Warriors a 65-45 lead. Hawkins responded with a three-pointer, starting a 17-6 UC Davis run that was capped by Nujic's three-point play that brought the Aggies to within 71-62 with 6:26 left.
Leading 73-64 shortly after, the Warriors pulled away by scoring seven straight points and 10 of the next 12 to push its cushion to 83-66.
The Aggies started strong, getting a three-pointer from Funtarov and buckets from Nujic and Sypkens to forge a 15-8 lead after an early 8-8 tie to hold their largest lead of the game. Brendan Spearman's layup put the Rainbow Warriors ahead, 26-25, while Isaac Fotu's layup extended the advantage to 36-26. Keith Shamburger beat the halftime buzzer with a long three-pointer as time expired, giving Hawai'i its 11-point halftime lead.
Fotu contributed 20 points for the Rainbow Warriors while Garrett Nevels had 16, Spearman added 15 and Shamburger tallied 14. Hawai'i also hit 19 of 23 (82.6 percent) from the line.
UC Davis shot 9 of 13 from the stripe; of its 13 free throw attempts, 10 were earned throughout the second half.
Funtarov had a team-high six rebounds while Hawkins finished with four three-pointers. In addition to Sypkens, Funtarov and Nujic each hit two from distance.
UC Davis will return to action on Jan. 30 when the Aggies visit Cal Poly for a 7 p.m. Big West matchup.