The UC Davis Aggies couldn’t close the deal at the Portland State Tournament Sunday afternoon, losing to the host Vikings 79-63 to finish 2-1 in the event, good for second place.
Josh Ritchart hit a jumper for the Aggies (3-3) on their first possession to give UC Davis a 2-0 lead.
It would be the only lead they would have all day.
Portland State wound up leading 40-32 at halftime and the Aggies could get no closer than seven in the second half.
Loyola of Chicago beat SIU-Edwardsville in Sunday’s other game to finish 1-2 and in third place. SIU-E lost all three of its games over the weekend.
Corey Hawkins led UC Davis with 23 points, while Ritchart finished with 17 and Darius Graham added 10. Avery Johnson came off the bench to grab eight rebounds for the Aggies, who were just 23-for-60 from the floor and 6-for-22 from 3-point range while playing for the third consecutive day.
DaShaun Wiggins came off the bench to lead the Vikings with 21 points, Aaron Moore added 16 points and eight rebounds, Andre Winston Jr. scored 15 points and Tim Douglas had 14 points and six assists. Portland State was 26-for-54 on the day.
UC Davis is back at it on Tuesday when they return home to host rival Sacramento State (1-2). Tipoff at The Pavilion is 7 p.m. Pacific.