Dec. 18, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Corey Hawkins scored a team-high 18 points to lead UC Davis on Wednesday night but Devante Wilson scored six points in the decisive third overtime as host San Jose State edged the Aggies 89-85 in a non-conference men's basketball game at the Event Center in San Jose, Calif.
The Aggies, playing their first triple-overtime game since beating Southeastern Louisiana 69-64 exactly eight years ago Wednesday, fell to 3-9 after competing in their second overtime game in the last three.
"That was a competitive basketball game, numerous big plays were made by both teams tonight," said UC Davis head coach Jim Les.
Darius Graham added 16 points for UC Davis which also received 13 from Iggy Nujic, 12 from Georgi Funtarov and 11 from both Ryan Sypkens and Brynton Lemar.
Rashad Muhammad led all scorers with 28 points and Wilson pitched in with 22 as San Jose State improved to 4-6.
A big first half pushed the Aggies to a 37-23 halftime lead. However, the Spartans rallied, eventually tying the game at 60-60 on Isaac Thornton's three-pointer with 2:30 to go. They went on to lead 65-62 but Lemar nailed a trey with 23 seconds left, knotting the game again which ended up going to overtime.
Lemar's basket was well-timed as it was his first from three as an Aggie.
"Brynton, Georgi (Funtarov) and Darius (Graham), all freshmen, are earning significant minutes. Playing in these pressure-filled situations will help them grow as players.
"For Brynton, making his first three in a crucial moment of the game tells you what kind of personality he has."
UC Davis led by four points in the first extra period but needed a free throw from Hawkins to forge a 74-74 tie with 12 ticks left and then prevented San Jose State from even taking a shot in the final moments as time ran out.
After Muhammad's three-pointer, with a minute remaining, gave the Spartans a one-point lead, Graham made 1 of 2 from the stripe after he was fouled with three seconds left to force a third overtime.
UC Davis led 81-80 early in that OT after Nujic's free throw, but Wilson made six free throws and Thornton had a go-ahead three-point play as the period progressed.
Trailing 86-83 with 16 seconds left, the Aggies' had a chance to tie the game after forcing San Jose State to commit its 22nd turnover by trapping Muhammad in the near corner. Mere moments after Graham connected on back-to-back free throws, Muhammad was caught off-guard by that Aggie trap, stepped on the baseline and immediately gave UC Davis back the ball.
Off those 22 Spartan turnovers, the Aggies scored a season-high 25 points.
A game-tying attempt from three by Hawkins ricocheted off the rim and San Jose State was able to hold UC Davis away the rest of the way.
The Aggies shot 40 percent from the field (27 for 67) and 62 percent (23 for 37) from the line while the Spartans were 42 percent and 66 percent, respectively.
UC Davis returns to the court on Saturday, hosting Air Force at 2:30 p.m.