Thursday, March 5, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Aggie men charge past Matadors

By
From page B1 | February 17, 2013 |

UCD's J.T. Adenrele puts up a shot between two Northridge defenders in the Aggies' 73-61 win over the Matadors on Saturday at The Pavilion. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

UC Davis sophomore hoopster Corey Hawkins has quietly put together his case to become the first Aggie ever to win the Big West Conference Player of the Year award.

And his performance on Saturday was yet another exhibit to add to the list of evidence.

Hawkins scored 31 points on 9-for-12 shooting and grabbed six rebounds to help push UCD past Cal State Northridge, 73-61, and to a winning record in league play for the first time this season.

The Aggies improved to 7-6 against Big West opponents and 11-13 overall.

Hawkins proved to be the difference in the game as the Matadors (13-14, 4-11) gave the locals all they could handle and were frequently on the verge of pulling ahead. Hawkins routinely turned them back, hitting six 3-pointers and getting to the rim almost at will.

“(Northridge) likes to pressure you,” Hawkins said afterward. “That kind of creates a lot of wide-open lanes. (It’s) just me moving without the ball and being ready and in position to shoot.”

Hawkins was complemented by Ryan Sypkens, who had 11 points and five rebounds, and J.T. Adenrele, who added 13 and three. The trio combined to make 10 of the team’s 11 treys on the night and were the reason the Aggies were able to shoot 54.3 percent from the floor against an inspired Matador defense.

“(Saturday), Corey obviously (was) very efficient and (had) an unbelievable offensive effort,” said UCD head coach Jim Les. “We have a number of guys who can do that.”

The scoring from the Aggies’ Big Three proved critical as UCD coughed the ball up 20 times and allowed Northridge to score 24 points off the turnovers.

After going up by as many as 15 early in the second half, the Aggies began to stall, and the Matadors started to work their way back into the game.

They cut UCD’s lead all the way to 53-51 before Hawkins stopped them dead in their tracks with a tightly contested jumper followed by a long 3-pointer.

Moments later, Sypkens added a trey of his own to put the Aggies back in the driver’s seat down the stretch.

In the first half, Northridge kept the game close until the seven-minute mark. Ryan Howley broke a 25-25 tie with a layup inside before Hawkins connected on a pair of long balls and big Clint Bozner battered his way through the Matadors’ defense for a layup.

The buckets were part of a 14-1 run that put the team up 39-26 at intermission.

Howley recorded six points, three assists and 12 rebounds and Paolo Mancasola had five points and six assists.

Adenrele got the game off to a roaring start with his first career 3-pointer when a mistake in Northridge’s perimeter rotation left him wide open at the top of the key. He hesitated for a moment before launching a shot that put the Aggies up 3-0.

“That might’ve just been sheer luck,” Adenrele said as Hawkins and Bozner laughed next to him. “But it was nice to hit one, I guess.”

The team will have a few days to rest before traveling to Long Beach State for a Wednesday night contest. LBSU currently sits atop the Big West, but with UCD on a two-game winning streak and playing its best basketball of the year, Les believes the Aggies have a solid shot at pulling off the upset.

“We’ve got a big task ahead of us,” he said. “It’s the league leader in Long Beach and they’re playing well. They play well at home. But we also feel like we’re playing well.”

Notes: UCD forward Josh Ritchart returned from an ankle injury. He came off the bench for two points and one rebound. … The Aggies continued to rebound better, outboarding Northridge, 32-25.

— Reach Will Bellamy at [email protected]

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    ‘The Liar’ will have audiences in stitches

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Hibbert Lumber honored as an Owl Wise Leader

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Taizé service set Friday at DCC

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Climate Lobby will meet March 11

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Be featured in Woodland’s water-wise landscape tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    UFC speaker series gives ‘A Winemaker’s Journey’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Speaker will illuminate universe’s dark side

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Fiesta dinner, auction benefit Chávez School

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    World Language Fair brings nations to Davis

    By Krystal Lau | From Page: A3

    Get crackin’ for Yolo Crisis Nursery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Divorce options covered in Saturday workshop

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Community forum with police will address hate in Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    .

    Forum

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Sports

    Devils’ big inning is the difference in baseball opener

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    DHS golfers dominate Elk Grove

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Davis softball offense explodes for first win

    By Chris Saur | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    DHS boys track team has high aspirations

    By Dylan Lee | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Blue Devil boys mash Marauders

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: DHS swimmers speed past Herd

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    Youth soccer: Barker lights it up for Blue Thunder

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Youth roundup: U15 Knights rout El Dorado Hills

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    UC Davis bands perform on March 11

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7

     
    Wealth of Nations plays Saturday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ to be screened Sunday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Hear EZ Street Saturday at winery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
     
    Resler releases memoir, ‘The Last Protégée’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Athens Guitar Duo to perform at Davis Arts Center

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, March 5, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B6