Despite 33 points by Corey Hawkins, the UC Davis men suffered their first loss this season, struggling in the second half of a 79-71 defeat to Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, the Aggies reported.
UCD (6-1), off to its best start since 1912, led 38-30 at halftime. In the first half, the Aggies shot 56.5 percent and had an eight-rebound edge. But in the second half, UCD shot 33.3 percent, and the Vandals (4-3) finished with a 35-34 rebounding advantage.
The Aggies led 57-54 with 7:27 to play, but they went scoreless for the next 3:51. Idaho scored 10 points in that span to take control.
“We had a really good opportunity to win this road game, and we lost it,” UCD coach Jim Les said. “This is not on anybody else but us. I do not think today’s defensive intensity and execution matched what it has been recently.
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“If we play as aggressive as we should, and the other team beats us, then we will tip our cap.”
The Vandals scored 25 points off 16 Aggies turnovers.
Hawkins made 6 of 10 three-point attempts in his sixth career game with 30 or more points. Josh Ritchart added 14 points and six rebounds for UCD.
UC Irvine 74, Sacramento State 62 in Irvine – The Hornets (4-3) were outscored 46-18 in the paint and lost their second in a row.
The Anteaters (4-3) maintained a double-digit lead for the final 15 minutes. They scored 19 points off 15 Sac State turnovers.
Dylan Garrity made four three-pointers and had 18 points for the Hornets, and Mikh McKinney scored 17.
No. 17 Oregon State 109, Sacramento State 61 in Corvallis, Ore. – The Beavers (7-0) led by double figures for all but the first 31/2 minutes and set a school record for assists with 40 in routing the Hornets (1-6), Sac State reported.
The Hornets shot only 23.3 percent (20 for 86) and sank only 11 of 49 three-point attempts. Hallie Gennett led Sac State with 19 points.
UC Davis 76, Southern Utah 53 in Colorado Springs, Colo. – Alyson Doherty had 20 points to help the Aggies (4-4) beat the Thunderbirds (4-1) in the Air Force Classic, UCD reported.
Sydnee Fipps added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Aggies, who split two games in the tournament.
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