Dec. 1, 2012
MOSCOW, Idaho - A 14-3 scoring run by UC Davis late in the second half gave the Aggies a chance to force another five minutes of action against the Idaho Vandals Saturday night at the Cowan Spectrum.
Down by three with 19 seconds remaining, Idaho (2-4) prevented the Aggies from making the game-tying basket they needed, made its free throws when fouled by UC Davis (1-4) to stop the clock, and held on to down the Aggies 73-66.
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins shot 6-for-13 and was 6-for-8 from the line to lead all Aggies with 20 points. On his 4-for-11 shooting from three, junior guard Ryan Sypkens was the other Aggie to score double-digits and ended his evening with 14.
Senior guard Ryan Howley posted a team-high 10 rebounds; Saturday's game was the third occasion the Big West's leading rebounder recorded 10 or more boards in a game this year.
With UC Davis possessing a three-point lead five minutes into the second half, Idaho then pieced together a 19-5 run to build a 13-point advantage - its largest of the night - heading into the final five minutes of the game.
A tip-in by J.T. Adenrele off a missed three-point shot, a three from Sypkens and a layup from Howley all scored within a 1:21 timespan brought UC Davis within six, and forced Idaho to call a timeout.
Another bucket under the basket from Adenrele extended the Aggies' streak of unanswered points to nine before Idaho's Kyle Barone converted an old-fashioned three-point play after being fouled to push the Vandals lead back to seven.
Of its 66 points, UC Davis scored half of them in the paint.
Barone's bucket, made with 2:37 remaining, was the last field goal of the game recorded by Idaho as the Aggies forced the Vandals to miss their next three straight shots give UC Davis the necessary opportunities to decrease its deficit.
When Hawkins scored two of his team's 16 fast breaks points on a breakaway layup, followed by Sypkens sank another shot from distance, a one-time sizable Idaho lead was slashed to a two-point cushion with 1:11 still left to play.
That was as close as UC Davis would get towards forcing its first overtime session since Feb. 24, 2011, as the Aggies were forced to foul Idaho in an effort to preserve as much time as possible after coming up empty in their final possessions.
The Vandals took full advantage of their double-bonus situation by making its final five free throws of the night to pull away from UC Davis and secure the decision.
UC Davis shot 25-for-53 (47.2 pct.) from the field, 8-for-28 (28.6 pct.) from three and were 8-for-11 (72.7 pct.) from the line compared to the Vandals who were 21-for-50 (42 pct.), 5-for-12 (41.7 pct.) from three and 26-for-31 (83.9 pct.) at the charity stripe.
Stephen Madison led Idaho in scoring with 21 points, followed by Barone and Connor Hill who scored 12 and 11 points respectively.
The Aggies will face San Jose State (3-3) in their second home game of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Fans that donate a new, unwrapped toy at The Pavilion ticket office can purchase general admission seats for five dollars. All proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots.