Feb. 9, 2013
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Sinking five of his six baskets from three in Saturday night's Big West Conference game against Cal Poly from the Mott Athletics Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Ryan Sypkens led all Aggies with 17 points, and was one of three players to post a double-digit point total.
Falling 68-53 to the Mustangs, UC Davis will return home with a split of its Central California road games and begin preparing for a two-game homestand starting Thursday night versus Hawai'i.
UC Davis drops to 9-13 with a 5-6 Big West record, Cal Poly improves to 11-11 overall and 7-5 against conference opponents.
Besides Sypkens, sophomore guard Corey Hawkins scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and finished seven rebounds. Sophomore forward J.T. Adenrele chipped in another 10 points.
Recording the eighth double-figure rebounding total of his career, senior guard Ryan Howley scored six points in addition to leading all Aggies with 11 rebounds.
All eight of Howley's double-digit rebound games have been earned this season.
Scoring two of his five threes during his team's scoring run in the latter minutes of the second half, Sypkens now has 83 three-point field goals to his credit this season. With eight regular season games remaining, the Elk Grove native needs to make just one basket from behind the arc to set a new record.
Until Saturday night, Fowzi Abdelsamad stood alone with a program-high 83 three-point field goals scored throughout the 2004-05 season.
Cal Poly guard Dylan Royer led the Mustangs with 20 points, a total primarily based on his three-point shooting. All but two of his 20 were scored from distance in the first half as the Aggies limited Royer to only two points for the rest of the game, both earned at the line.
Trailing Cal Poly at halftime in part of of Royer's success from three, a 10-2 second-half UC Davis run whittled Cal Poly's lead down to 12 with 3:13 remaining.
A scoring spree fueled by two threes by Sypkens and a bucket from Hawkins, Howley continued the Aggies' run with a rim-rattling dunk that brought UC Davis' bench to its feet and silenced the crowd inside the Mott Athletics Center.
The Aggies were able to trim another point from their deficit as the game progressed; unfortunately, Cal Poly ended the evening by making seven of eight free throws to pull away from UC Davis and extend its home win streak against Big West teams to 11.
"Defense travels, offense doesn't always travel," said head coach Jim Les following Saturday night's road game.
"I thought we were not as aggressive on defense as we needed to be. We needed to be the aggressor, step up on defense and set the tone for the game. When we watch the tape, everyone is going to see the difference between Thursday night (defensive effort at UCSB) and tonight."
UC Davis will return to action on Thursday, Feb. 14, in a 7 p.m. Big West Conference matchup against Hawai'i.