UC Davis Aggies Get Hot In Second Half, Win At Cal Poly 62-58


Ryan Sypkens and Corey Hawkins made back-to-back 3-pointers in the final two minutes Thursday night and the UC Davis Aggies posted their first road win over the Cal Poly Mustangs since 2009, holding on for a 62-58 win at Mott Gym.

The Aggies (7-14, 2-4 Big West Conference) trailed by seven  at halftime, but hit 14-of-22 in the second half to rally for the win. Joel Awich threw down a dunk with 3:20 left to give the Mustangs (8-12, 4-3) the lead back, 54-53, and UC Davis turned the ball over on its next possession.

Maliik Love missed a pair of free throws and with 1:48 to go, Sypkens drained a 3-pointer to put the Aggies back on top 56-54 and on their next possession, Hawkins canned a 3 to give UC Davis a five-point lead with 58 seconds left.

Awich hit a jumper and then stole the ball from Hawkins and went in for a dunk to bring the Mustangs back to within 59-58 with 38 seconds to go, but Hawkins made a pair of free throws and Cal Poly missed two 3-pointers on their next trip down the floor.

Iggy Nujic hit one of two at the line with six seconds left to seal the win for UC Davis.

Hawkins led the Aggies with 16 points and six assists, while Sypkens added 14 points and was 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Avery Johnson had 11 points and Georgi Funtarov logged 10 points and six rebounds.

Chris Eversley scored 17 points and had three steals to pace the Mustangs. Dave Nwaba added 14 points, Brian Bennett grabbed seven rebounds and Jamal Johnson handed out four assists.

UC Davis was 23-for-47 (48.9 percent) overall, 10-for-22 (45.5 percent) from deep and 6-for-13 (46.2 percent) from the free-throw stripe. Cal Poly was 24-for-49 (49 percent), 3-for-10 (30 percent) and 7-for-11 (63.6 percent).

The Mustangs led the boards 30-25 and each team had 12 turnovers.

UC Davis, which has won two of three, visits UC Santa Barbara Saturday at 4 p.m.

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