DAVIS, Calif. - Corey Hawkins scored a team-high 18 points for UC Davis Saturday afternoon but visiting Idaho countered with 13 three-pointers to help down the Aggies 80-76 in a non-conference men's basketball game at The Pavilion.
The Aggies will enter Monday night’s matchup at Seattle University with a 3-5 record. Hawkins led four UC Davis players in double figures, a quartet that included Josh Ritchart (16), Darius Graham (13) and Iggy Nujic (12).
Brynton Lemar fell just shy of joining that group as he posted nine points, three rebounds and one block.
In addition to his scoring effort, Ritchart also recorded nine rebounds to finish with a game-high total for the third time this season. At last weekend’s Portland State Tournament, the senior forward tied a career high with his 13 rebounds against SIUE, then led the way once again the following day with nine rebounds versus Loyola Chicago.
On five of eight shooting, Graham set a new career high with 13 points and was one of two Aggies to lead the team with four assists. Combined with Hawkins, the pair was responsible for all but two of their team’s total.
Including his final numbers against Idaho, Graham has posted team-high assist totals in six of the Aggies’ eight contests.
UC Davis dominated down low from start to finish to outscore Idaho in the paint by a 36-28 margin. The Aggies were also able to score 19 points off Idaho miscues, earned 14 second-chance points compared to the Vandals’ 11, were responsible for all eight fast break points and scored nearly twice as many points off the bench (22-12).
Idaho, which got seven three-pointers and 29 points from guard Connor Hill, improved to 4-4. Glen Dean added five treys and scored 18 points while hitting two free throws with four seconds remaining. Stephen Madison posted a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds while contributing seven assists and three blocks.
UC Davis led 43-30 at halftime but the Vandals hit 9 of 14 three-pointers after the break. Hill's jumper with 5:20 left tied the game, 69-69, while his three-pointer less than a minute later gave Idaho a 72-69 lead. Idaho didn't trail the rest of the way.
The Vandals led 78-71 with 2:49 to go after a three-pointer from Dean but Hawkins had buckets in the key sandwiched around a free throw from Brynton Lamar to climb to within 78-76 with just over a minute remaining. The Aggies had a chance to at least tie the game with eight seconds left but Hawkins' drive into the key resulted in a tough shot that was just off the mark. Dean then hit two free throws to secure the result.
"Tonight, we held the lead by holding (Idaho) to 30 points in the first half because of the way we were able to execute defensively," said head coach Jim Les. "When we were not able to execute on defense, their top players started to make shots."
Idaho was 13 of 22 (59.1 percent) from three-point territory. Hill was 7 of 9 while Glen was 5 of 7.
All eight UC Davis players that saw action against the Vandals were able to record at least one point and rebound in Saturday’s game.
"There is nothing we can do about today's game except move forward ... we will improve our execution on defense," added Les after the game.
UC Davis will return to the road for its next game, at Seattle University, on Monday, Dec. 2. Tipoff from Key Arena is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.