STANFORD, Calif. - Corey Hawkins ended his magnificent UC Davis career with a season-high 34 points, including 21 in the first half when the Aggies only trailed Stanford by a point, but the Cardinal used a big second half on its way to a 77-64 win in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at Maples Pavilion on Tuesday night.
The loss ends the most successful Div. I season for UC Davis which won the regular-season Big West title and earned its first-ever postseason berth. The Aggies finished 25-7 while Stanford improved to 20-13 while advancing to face Rhode Island in the second round.
"This group put UC Davis basketball on the map," said head coach Jim Les. "This group, especially our seniors, brought a competitive character to this program. They accomplished a lot of things that people thought were impossible ... and have set a standard that we will now try to live up to."
Hawkins hit a career-high tying 12 field goals in 22 attempts, including four three-pointers, while reaching the 30-point plateau for the third time this season and the ninth in his career. The Big West's MVP scored 14 straight points for UC Davis in the first half, helping the Aggies trim a 27-15 deficit to just 30-25 with 4:59 on the clock.
Hawkins made 7 of 19 from the field, making his third trey of the first half with 1:38 left that brought UC Davis to just a 37-36 deficit at the break. The second half, however, belonged to Stanford which opened with a 7-0 run to lead 44-36. Anthony Brown's layup with 12:42 left in the game stretched the Cardinal's lead to 53-42.
It grew to as large as 72-57 with 5:06 remaining before the Aggies rallied to within 10 points with 1:58 to go. The Cardinal, however, were able to keep UC Davis from getting any closer on its way to the NIT win.
Hawkins' point total was the most posted by a Stanford opponent inside Maples Pavilion since March, 2007.
"It's easy to get caught up in [Hawkins'] production, you look at his numbers and they wow you. But what people do not know, and what makes him special, is his leadership skills, work ethic and character. He is an unbelievable ambassador for this university and an unbelievable student-athlete," said Les.
Marcus Allen scored 22 points to lead Stanford while Chasson Randle added 18 and Brown scored 11. The Cardinal shot 56.4% for the game, including 58.6% in the second half (17 of 29). The Aggies finished at 37.3% including 37.5% (9 of 24) from the three-point. Stanford also held a 38-25 rebounding advantage.
J.T. Adenrele scored seven points and had a team-high six rebounds for UC Davis while Tyler Les, one of four UC Davis seniors in their final game, hit two three-pointers and had six points.
Seniors Avery Johnson and Josh Ritchart each chipped in five points; the former also collected three boards while the latter finished with four.
"I told these seniors following the game that this university, program, and me are indebted to them for what they have done, and for the level of excellence that they have established. Now, it's up to the rest of us after finals are over, and spring break has passed, to find a way to maintain this level of excellence," Les said.
"This team was the first to put UC Davis basketball on the map, on a national scale. Everyone now knows the amount of hard work it takes, those seniors set the example. Our challenge now is replicating this level of success year after year, and we feel confident that we can accomplish that."
STANFORD 77, UC DAVIS 64
UC DAVIS (25-7)
Hawkins, Corey 12-22 6-6 34; Adenrele, J.T. 1-4 5-6 7; Les, Tyler 2-7 0-0 6;Johnson, Avery 2-5 0-0 5; Ritchart, Josh 2-11 0-0 5; Lemar, Brynton 1-2 0-03; Graham, Darius 1-2 0-0 2; Fox, Josh 1-5 0-0 2; Monson, Neal 0-1 0-0 0.Totals 22-59 11-12 64.
Allen, Marcus 10-12 0-0 22; Randle, Chasson 5-11 5-6 18; Brown, Anthony 5-110-0 11; Travis, Reid 5-9 0-4 10; Allen, Rosco 3-6 0-0 8; Nastic, Stefan 2-52-2 6; Cartwright, Robert 1-1 0-0 2; Sanders, Christian 0-0 0-0 0; Pickens,Dorian 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-55 7-12 77.
UC Davis...................... 36 28 - 64
Stanford...................... 37 40 - 77
3-point goals--UC Davis 9-24 (Hawkins, Corey 4-9; Les, Tyler 2-7; Johnson,Avery 1-3; Lemar, Brynton 1-2; Ritchart, Josh 1-3), Stanford 8-17 (Randle,Chasson 3-6; Allen, Marcus 2-3; Allen, Rosco 2-4; Brown, Anthony 1-4).Fouled out--UC Davis-None, Stanford-None. Rebounds--UC Davis 25 (Adenrele,J.T. 6), Stanford 38 (Travis, Reid 10). Assists--UC Davis 10 (Adenrele, J.T.4), Stanford 17 (Randle, Chasson 5). Total fouls--UC Davis 16, Stanford 15.Technical fouls--UC Davis-None, Stanford-None. A-1436