MOSCOW, Idaho - Corey Hawkins recorded his first 30-point performance of the season and sixth of his career in Saturday's non-conference game at the Cowan Spectrum in Moscow, Idaho, but a four-minute, UC Davis scoring drought midway through the second half, combined with a 16-6 Idaho scoring run that took place throughout the preceding minutes, helped the host Vandals record a 79-71 victory over the Aggies.
In addition to making 7 of 10 free throws, Hawkins made six of his 10 baskets from three and ended with a game-high 33 points. Josh Ritchart was responsible for 14 points and a team-high six rebounds; Avery Johnson finished with five boards and posted two of his team's four steals.
Idaho improves to 4-3 on the year while UC Davis, which entered Saturday's game riding its best start since 1912, drops to 6-1.
After falling behind 12-4 early in the game, the Aggies stormed back to regain the lead midway through the first half. Fueling UC Davis' surge were three consecutive three-point baskets from Hawkins that gave the Aggies a 30-22 lead approaching the final media break of the opening half.
A second-half scoring run pulled the Vandals even with the Aggies at the 10:07 mark of the second half; the following three minutes saw both teams trade baskets until Idaho scored seven unanswered points to regain the lead.
That cushion held until the final buzzer as the Aggies were forced to stop the clock by fouling in the final moments in an attempt to remain within striking distance.
A three-pointer from Josh Ritchart pulled UC Davis within six with 1:33 remaining, but the Vandals connected on 10 of their final 12 free throw attempts to withstand a late Aggie charge.
"We had a really good opportunity to win this road game and we lost it, this is not on anybody else but us. I do not think today's defensive intensity and execution matched what it has been recently," said head coach Jim Les. "We gave up 79 points tonight, that is the opposite of how we have played this year," added Les.
Both teams recorded similar numbers from the field, as the Aggies were 22-for-50 (.440 pct.), compared to the Vandals who finished 25-for-54 (.463).
Even though both teams posted similar shooting statistics, UC Davis committed an uncharacteristic number of turnovers as Idaho scored 25 points of 16 Aggie miscues.
"On the road, you need to take care of the ball. I thought there were a lot of unforced turnovers that led to really good offensive possessions for Idaho.
"If we play as aggressive as we should, and the other team beats us, then we will tip our cap. There are some lessons that we will take from tonight and use to help us prepare for Tuesday's game. Hopefully we can start another streak," said Les.
Tuesday's game between UC Davis and Eastern Illinois will tip at 7 p.m. inside the Pavilion. That matchup is the final home game of the 2014 as the Aggies will end the calendar year with four road games.
On Nov. 20, the Aggies defeated Eastern Illinois, 63-61, to collect their first road victory of the season.
IDAHO 79, UC DAVIS 71
UC DAVIS (6-1)
Hawkins, Corey 10-17 7-10 33; Ritchart, Josh 4-9 4-6 14; Adenrele, J.T. 2-4 1-2 5; Fox, Josh 2-5 1-3 5; Lemar, Brynton 1-5 1-2 4; Monson, Neal 1-3 1-2 3; Les, Tyler 1-2 0-0 3; Johnson, Avery 1-3 0-0 2; Graham, Darius 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 22-50 17-27 71.
SCOTT, Mike 7-15 4-6 19; HILL, Connor 5-11 3-3 16; WIGGS, Sekou 3-6 7-10 13; MKRTYCHYAN, Arkadiy 4-6 4-5 12; CALLANDRET, Perrion 1-6 5-6 7; EGBERT, Ty 1-2 2-2 4; GEORGE, Nahshon 2-3 0-0 4; SECK, Bira 2-3 0-1 4; SANDERS, Victor 0-1 0-0 0; MPAWE, Paulin 0-1 0-0 0; SHERWOOD, Nate 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-54 25-33 79.
UC Davis...................... 38 33 - 71
Idaho......................... 30 49 - 79
3-point goals--UC Davis 10-24 (Hawkins, Corey 6-11; Ritchart, Josh 2-6; Les, Tyler 1-2; Lemar, Brynton 1-3; Johnson, Avery 0-1; Graham, Darius 0-1), Idaho 4-17 (HILL, Connor 3-8; SCOTT, Mike 1-5; MKRTYCHYAN, Arkadiy 0-1; CALLANDRET, Perrion 0-2; SANDERS, Victor 0-1). Fouled out--UC Davis-Adenrele, J.T., Idaho-SECK, Bira. Rebounds--UC Davis 34 (Ritchart, Josh 6), Idaho 35 (MKRTYCHYAN, Arkadiy 7). Assists--UC Davis 8 (Graham, Darius 2; Johnson, Avery 2), Idaho 10 (SCOTT, Mike 4). Total fouls--UC Davis 26, Idaho 21. Technical fouls--UC Davis-Hawkins, Corey; TEAM, Idaho-WIGGS, Sekou; TEAM. A-1430