The UC Davis Aggies were routed by the Hawaii Warriors 90-73 at The Pavilion in Davis on Thursday. The Aggies (6-14, 1-4 Big West Conference) did manage to reduce a 20-point second-half deficit to nine points, before the Warriors (13-5, 2-2) mounted a 10-2 rally to put the game out of reach.
The Aggies started fast out of the gate and led 15-8 on a 3-pointer by Georgi Funtarov and consecutive buckets Iggy Nujic and Ryan Sypkens. However, the lead was short-lived as Hawaii closed the first half with a barrage of easy buckets inside, punctuated by a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Keith Shamburger to take a 45-34 lead into halftime.
The second half lacked drama except for a couple possessions where the Aggies closed the gap to 71-62 at the 6:26 mark, and 73-64. But Hawaii then proceeded to score seven straight points to snuff out any hopes of an Aggie comeback.
Corey Hawkins led a balanced Aggie scoring attack with 21 points, followed by Nujic (17 points), Funtarov (10 points) and Sypkens (10 points). Funtarov pulled down six rebounds, while reserve Clint Bozner added five boards. Darius Graham dished out three assists to pace the Aggies.
Christian Standhardinger led a potent Hawaii attack with 22 points, followed by Isaac Fotu (20 points), Garrett Nevels (16 points), Brandon Spearman (15 points) and Shamburger (14 point). Standhardinger posted a double-double with 10 rebounds and also handed out five assists to lead Hawaii in both categories.
The Aggies shot 50.9 percent (27-for-53) from the field, 43.5 percent (10-for-23) behind the 3-point line, and 69.2 percent (9-for-13) from the charity stripe. The Aggies were out-rebounded 30-22.
The Warriors shot 58.2 percent (32-for-55) from the field, 38.9 percent (7-for-18) behind the 3-point line, and 82.6 percent (19-for-23) from the charity stripe.
The Aggies travel to visit Cal Poly for a game Jan. 30. Tip off is 7 p.m. Pacific.