UC Davis shoots down Warriors, 93-82
Corey Hawkins scored a career-high 40 points — including 8 of 9 shooting from 3-point range — and UC Davis drained a stunning 16 of 26 attempts from beyond the arc tonight as the visiting Aggies shot down Hawai’i, 93-82, in Big West Conference men’s basketball action.
A crowd of about 5,500 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched the Warriors fall to 10-8 overall, 4-3 in the Big West. UC Davis improved to 7-10, 3-3.
The Aggies put on a fantastic 3-point shooting exhibition in the first half, draining 14 of 21 shots (67 percent) from beyond the arc, led by Hawkins (7 for 8, 21 points).
UC Davis hit 7 of its first 10 from 3-point land, with Tyler Les’ three-ball giving the Aggies a 28-14 lead with 10:48 remaining in the half. UH was then able to convert a series of UC Davis turnovers into points and eventually cut it to 30-28 after Brandon Jawato’s 3-pointer from the right wing capped a 12-0 run with 7:11 left.
But Hawkins answered with his own 3 some 25 seconds later, and he hit five more treys over the final five minutes of the half to help give the Aggies a commanding 54-37 lead at intermission.
UC Davis maintained much of that lead throughout the second half, although the Warriors were able to close it to 81-74 after Christian Standhardinger’s layup with 1:55 remaining. But Hawkins sank 10 straight free throws down the stretch to finish a perfect 12-of-12 from the line for the night.
Standhardinger led Hawai’i with 20 points and to go with eight rebounds, Vander Joaquim added 16 points and 11 boards, and Isaac Fotu and Brandon Spearman each finished with 10 points.
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