Jan. 24, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - ESPN is the most recent sports media outlet to recognize and reward Corey Hawkins for his performances in recent games at Cal State Northridge and Hawai'i by naming the sophomore guard its Mid-Major Player of the Week.
As released Thursday morning on its College Basketball Nation website, ESPN's panel of writers and collegiate professionals highlighted Hawkins for his record-setting results against the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors on Jan. 19, and his efforts in helping UC Davis men's basketball achieve its first win as a Division I program on Jan. 17, at Cal State Northridge.
The 6-3 guard erupted for 40 points in a 93-82 road victory at Hawai'i 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.
Hawkins drained 12 straight shots from the line throughout in final 1:53 of last Saturday's game to help the Aggies erase any hope of a Hawai'i comeback. By sinking all but one of his 19 free throws last week, he enters 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.
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.
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.
MBB at Idaho (7 p.m.)