The UC Davis Aggies will take a perfect 2-0 record into the final day of the Portland State Tournament after Corey Hawkins scored seven of his 17 points in overtime in a 64-61 win over Loyola of Chicago Saturday afternoon.
Ryan Sypkens—who scored 15 points on five 3-pointers—hit his biggest one of the game as time expired, tying the game at 52-52 and forcing overtime.
That came after Loyola (2-4) chipped away at a 10-point deficit early in the second half to take a five-point lead, 49-44, with 1:47 left.
Sypkens cut the lead to two with a 3-pointer and Jeff White hit a pair of free throws for the Ramblers to make it 51-47.
Darius Graham hit a pair of free throws for UC Davis (3-2) and White misfired on the first of his two free throws with 15 seconds left.
Igor Nujic missed a 3-pointer for the Aggies with six seconds left and Loyola appeared to have escaped with the win when London Dokubo hauled down the rebound, but he turned the ball over. Graham stole the ball and got it quickly to Sypkens for the game-tying 3.
The Aggies took the lead in overtime on a 3-pointer by Hawkins with 2:01 remaining, but Loyola battled back to go up 60-59 on Milton Doyle’s layup with 1:16 to go.
Sypkens hit his final 3 of the day with 41 seconds to go, giving UC Davis a 62-60 lead and Doyle missed a potential game-tying free throw with 31 seconds left, then turned the ball over. Sypkens made the steal with five second left and fed Hawkins for a layup with two seconds to go to seal the win.
The game got off to an incredibly slow start, with Igor Nujic’s layup more than 3½ minutes into the game for UC Davis (3-2) marking the first score of the game.
The Ramblers (2-4) took a 12-7 lead midway before the Aggies got on track to take a 30-22 halftime lead.
Hawkins had seven rebounds for the Aggies, while Graham had eight assists and Josh Ritchart chipped in nine points and nine rebounds.
Devon Turk scored 17 points to lead Loyola. Christian Thomas added 11 points, White had 11 and Doyle finished with nine points, six rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.
The Ramblers close out the tournament on Sunday afternoon against SIU-Edwardsville (1-4).