Nov. 1, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore Corey Hawkins scored a game-high 19 points - all of them in the first half - as UC Davis opened a 29-point halftime lead en route to an 82-50 win over UC Santa Cruz in a men's basketball exhibition game at The Pavilion on Thursday night.
The matchup was the first of two home exhibitions for the Aggies who will open the regular season on Nov. 9 at Oklahoma State of the Big 12 Conference. Guard Ryan Sypkens, coming off an injury that limited him to just four games last season, added 13 points for UC Davis while sophomore J.T. Adenrele scored 11.
UC Davis canned 13 three-pointers, including four from Hawkins and three from Sypkens, and outscored UC Santa Cruz 40-22 in the paint. The Aggies added 16 fast-break points as well.
"I thought we did some good things, some things that transferred from the practice floor to the game-night floor," said second-year head coach Jim Les. "And then we had some breakdowns, some areas where we weren't as consistent, especially defensively and rebounding that we've got to clean up.
"So, there was a lot of good (and) some not-so-good that we're still a work in progress," he added. "But that's good because it gives me some fodder when we get to practice tomorrow."
The teams were close in the early going, forging four ties over the first 11 minutes of the half. But UC Davis went on a 20-2 run over a six-minute stretch to break open the game and lead 33-15 with four minutes to go in the half. Hawkins had 12 points in that run while Sypkens added back-to-back three-pointers.
UC Davis led by as many as 35 points in the second half and never let the Banana Slugs get closer than 26.
The Aggies held UCSC to just 29.7 percent (19 of 64) from the floor, including 4 of 20 from beyond the three-point stripe. The Banana Slug also committed 18 turnovers and UC Davis picked up four steals.
The Aggies held a 46-45 advantage on the boards with Les, Adenrele and Hawkins grabbing six each. Marshal Arnwine, Jr., had 10 boards for the Banana Slugs while forward James Townsend led the way with 12 points.
UC Davis will play its second exhibition game on Tuesday night, hosting Menlo College at 7 at The Pavilion.
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