Jan. 21, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Two days after setting a new single-game school scoring record, and tying another two individual three-point shooting records, College Sports Madness named sophomore guard Corey Hawkins its National Mid-Major Player of the Week.
Even though College Sports Madness highlights a performance from a Big West player in its weekly report, Hawkins is the first to receive national recognition over players from 17 other mid-major conferences.
In a week where UC Davis earned its first Division I win at Cal State Northridge, it was Hawkins' 40-point total that caught the attention of a near capacity crowd inside the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
An efficient 10 of 14 from the floor, Hawkins sank all but one of his nine shots from three and ended last Saturday's game by making 12 straight free throws throughout the final 1:53 to negate any hope of a Hawai'i comeback.
In part to Hawkins' efforts, UC Davis became the first Big West team to defeat the Rainbow Warriors on their own court this season.
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.) at the line for the week.
The Goodyear, Ariz.-native also earned Player of the Week accolades from the Big West as announced Monday afternoon from the conference office.
In addition to tying a program record with eight field goals from three, matching the totals earned by teammates Ryan Sypkens last November at Nevada, and Tyler Les at San Jose State last season, Hawkins' matched a University of Hawai'i record for the most threes recorded by an opponent in a single game.