Big West Names Hawkins Player of the Week

Corey Hawkins is the first Aggie to receive Big West Player of the Week recognition this season.
 
Corey Hawkins is the first Aggie to receive Big West Player of the Week recognition this season.
 

Jan. 21, 2013

IRVINE, Calif. - Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins broke a 34-year old UC Davis single-game scoring record, tied another two individual records and helped the Aggies sweep their conference road games last week to earn Big West Men's Basketball Player of the Week accolades as announced Monday afternoon.

For the week, Hawkins averaged 28.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals. He shot 15 of 26 (57.7 pct.) from the field, 9 of 12  (75 pct.) from three and was 18 of 19 (94.7 pct.) from the line.


The 6-3 guard erupted for 40 points in a 93-82 road victory at Hawai’i last Saturday to help UC Davis hand the Rainbow Warriors their first home Big West loss of the season.

A businesslike 10 of 14 from the floor, Hawkins also tied a program record with eight field goals out of his nine attempts from three, equaling the efforts of teammates Ryan Sypkens at Nevada last November, and Tyler Les at San Jose State last season.

"How often do you see someone score 40 points off 14 shots? He was unbelievably efficient tonight. We want the ball in his hands, especially late in the game; there is nothing more discouraging to an opposing team that is trying to catch up than someone who makes his free throws,” said UC Davis head coach Jim Les following his team’s victory at Hawai’i.

Hawkins drained 12 straight shots from the line throughout in final 1:53 of last Saturday’s game to help the Aggies negate any hope of a Hawai’i comeback. By sinking all but one of his 19 free throws last week, he will enter Thursday’s home game against Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 24) as the Big West’s most successful shooter from the stripe. The sophomore guard is also ranked No. 7 in the NCAA with a .916 free throw percentage. 

The 40 points is the most by a Big West player since Cal State Fullerton's Josh Akognon scored 41 twice during the 2008-09 season. Even though Hawkins fell one point shy of tying a record for the most points scored by an opponent at the Stan Sheriff Center, Hawkins did tie an individual record for the most threes earned by a Hawai’i opponent in a single game.

Hawkins also aided the Aggies in a 74-71 victory at Cal State Northridge last Thursday with 17 points, three rebounds, five assists and four steals.  He made all but one of his seven free throw attempts to help UC Davis defeat CSUN at The Matadome for the first time since Nov. 22, 1986, when both programs competed at the Division II level as members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Junior forward/guard Josh Ritchart was the last Aggie to earn Player of the Week accolades when he was recognized on Feb. 27, 2012, for posting a double-double against Seattle and scoring 20 points in an upset victory over Cal State Fullerton the following game.