DAVIS, Calif. - Josh Ritchart scored 20 points for UC Davis while Ryan Sypkens scored his 1,000th career point, but Sacramento State was able to overcome a 10-point first-half deficit and hold on later to beat the Aggies 73-67 in a non-conference men's basketball game at The Pavilion Tuesday night.
The Aggies had three players in double figures, falling to 3-4 on the season. Corey Hawkins added 16 points while Sypkens finished with 10. Mikh McKinney had a game-high 25 points, including going 10 for 10 from the line, as Sacramento State improved to 2-2.
Tuesday's crowd witnessed a rare historical moment when Sypkens connected on his first attempt from three at the 18:28 mark of the second half to record his 1,000th career point. The senior from Elk Grove is the first Aggie to join this exclusive, now 19-member club, since Mark Payne reached this milestone on Nov. 14, 2010.
By raising his all-time total to 937 points, Ritchart is poised to accomplish this feat within the upcoming weeks.
UC Davis owned a 20-10 midway through the first half thanks to freshman Brynton Lemar's layup. The Hornets battled back, however, taking a 27-26 lead with 2:38 left after McKinney's three-pointer. The Aggies took a 31-30 halftime lead but a 6-0 run early in the second half put Sacramento State back in front, 47-42.
The teams were tied twice after that, the last time coming at 50-50 with 7:55 remaining, but Dreon Bartlett made back-to-back treys to give the Hornets a 56-50 lead with 6:02 left. The Aggies trailed 63-61 with 1:28 to go but Sacramento State went 10 for 10 from the line the rest of the way to keep UC Davis from having a possession that could either tie or give it the lead.
"Give Sacramento State credit, they made contested shots when they had to," said head coach Jim Les following the game. "They made their shots and their free throws down the stretch, we needed to be stingier on defense."
The Aggies shot 55.6 percent (25 of 45) from the line while the Hornets made nine three-pointers and went 20 of 24 (83.3 pct) from the stripe.
"I thought the guys did a good job executing down the stretch, we just could not come up with a turnover ... and just ran out of time," said Les.
Jordan Salley and Cody Demps each had 11 points for Sacramento State while Dylan Garrity and Zach Mills added 10 apiece.
UC Davis returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Idaho at 2 p.m.