Local College hoops: UC Davis men’s basketball surges past Air Force

Published: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 - 10:47 pm

Corey Hawkins scored 20 points and Ryan Sypkens added 17 as UC Davis defeated Air Force 80-74 on Saturday.

The Aggies (4-9) erased a four-point halftime deficit, opening the second half with an early 10-2 surge to assume the lead.

Air Force (6-5) pulled back on top with a Marek Olesinski layup and a 3-pointer by Max Yon, but UC Davis responded. Georgi Funtarov gave the Aggies the lead back with a tip-in and Hawkins hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 17-3 run, pushing UC Davis to its largest lead, 61-48 with 8:49 remaining.

The Falcons pulled within four on a Justin Hammonds layup with 2:16 left, but three Hawkins free throws and an Iggy Nujic layup put the game out of reach.

UC Davis shot 50.9 percent from the field. Nujic finished with 12 points.

Hammonds and Tre’ Coggins each had 20 points for Air Force.

Cal State Fullerton 59, Sacramento State 51 in Fullerton – Mikh McKinney scored a game-high 16 points in the loss for the Hornets (3-5), according to the Titans’ website. Sac State led 29-21 at the half, but the Titans (5-7) responded, led by Alex Harris who scored 10 of his 12 points after halftime.


UC Davis 63, Houston Baptist 58 in Davis – The Aggies made 7 of 8 free throws in overtime to beat Houston Baptist at The Pavilion, led by junior Sydnee Fipps’ game-high 23 points, UCD reported.

The Aggies (4-7) shot just 29 percent from the field but went 22 for 26 at the free-throw line to earn back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Fipps became the first Aggie to post three consecutive 20-point games since Jessica Campbell in 2007.

Houston Baptist (3-7) attempted just one free throw in the game.

UC Davis sophomore Heidi Johnson scored 10 of her 15 points in the second half, making 8 of 10 from the free-throw line, and had a career-high nine rebounds.

– Bee Sports staff

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