Men's Basketball

UC Davis basketball stars take shot at college three-point contest

UC Davis Aggies guard Corey Hawkins (3) and UC Davis Aggies guard Darius Graham (2) celebrate the 61-59 win over the UC Riverside Highlanders during a game at The Pavilion Thursday March 5, 2015 in Davis.
UC Davis Aggies guard Corey Hawkins (3) and UC Davis Aggies guard Darius Graham (2) celebrate the 61-59 win over the UC Riverside Highlanders during a game at The Pavilion Thursday March 5, 2015 in Davis. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

UC Davis senior guards Corey Hawkins and Kelsey Harris will compete in the State Farm College Dunk & 3-Point Championships on April 2 at Butler in Indianapolis.

The event will be televised at 4 p.m. by ESPN.

Hawkins will compete in the men’s three-point championships; Harris in the women’s three-point championships. It’s only the second time in the 27-year history of the event that two players from the same school have been selected to participate.

Hawkins, the Big West Conference Player of the Year, shot an NCAA Division I-best 48.8 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 20.9 points per game, seventh best nationally. He set school and Big West single-season and career three-point percentage records. Hawkins averaged 41.3 percent from three-point range during his three-year UCD career.

Harris was ranked among the top five nationally in three-point percentage since the start of Big West play. She led the country for three weeks and ended the season ranked No. 3 with a school single-season best 48.3 percent. She set school single-game and Big West tournament single-game records by making eight three-pointers and scoring a career-high 26 points in a 70-67 win over Long Beach State.

She also set Big West and school career records by shooting 43.6 percent from beyond the arc in her two seasons at UCD.

Katz wins honor – Sac State men’s coach Brian Katz was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 6 Coach of the Year and senior guard Mikh McKinney was named first team.

Katz, whose team finished 21-12, is the first Sac State men’s coach to be named district coach of the year during the Hornets’ Division I era (1991 to present). McKinney is the first Sac State player in the D-I era to make first team. McKinney made second team last season.

District 6 is comprised of teams from the Big Sky Conference and Western Athletic Conference.

Call The Bee’s Bill Paterson at (916) 326-5506.

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