The UC Davis Aggies let a 15-point lead slip away and lost at The Pavilion Saturday afternoon to the Idaho Vandals, 80-76.
Connor Hill’s 3-pointer with 4:36 remaining gave Idaho its first lead, 72-69, as part of a 16-2 run to surge ahead. Dean had three 3-pointers during the stretch, the last of which gave the Vandals their biggest lead of the day at 78-71.
UC Davis battled back with a couple of jumpers from Corey Hawkins and a Brynton Lemar free throw to get to 78-76, but Dean iced the game with four seconds left by canning a pair of free throws.
Hill scored a career-high 29 points for Idaho and Stephen Madison did a little of everything, finishing with 15 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks.
Hawking led the Aggies with 18 points. Josh Ritchart added 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots, Darius Graham scored 13 points and Iggy Mujic finished with 12 points and two blocked shots.
Shooting from deep was the distance in an otherwise even game. The Vandals were 13-for-22 (59.1 percent) from beyond the arc to just 7-for-20 (35 percent) for UC Davis.
The Aggies open a stretch of four straight road games on Monday night when they go to Seattle (3-3) for a 7 p.m. Pacific tip.