SAN JOSE — Once every eight years, the UC Davis men’s basketball team plays a triple overtime game.
Unfortunately on Wednesday — exactly eight years to the day after a 3OT win over Southeastern Louisiana — the Aggies had to blow a big halftime lead to get there.
Playing a nonconference contest at San Jose State’s Event Center, UCD fell to the Spartans, 89-85.
Corey Hawkins led the Aggies (3-9) with 18 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop SJSU (4-6) from erasing UCD’s 37-23 halftime adantage to send the locals to their seventh straight loss.
Aggie freshman Brynton Lemar hit a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, but Devante Wilson scored six points in the third extra period to help the Spartans get the win.
“That was a competitive basketball game, numerous big plays were made by both teams (Wednesday),” said UCD head coach Jim Les.
Darius Graham added 16 points for the Aggies, who also got 13 from Iggy Nujic, 12 from Georgi Funtarov and 11 each from Ryan Sypkens and Lemar.
Rashad Muhammad led all scorers with 28 points and Wilson pitched in with 22 for San Jose State.
Sypkens scored all 11 of his points before the break to pace the locals to that 15-point lead. But the Spartans rallied in the second half, eventually tying the game at 60-60 on Isaac Thornton’s 3-pointer with 2:30 to go.
UCD actually led by four points in the first extra period but needed a free throw from Hawkins to forge a 74-74 tie with 12 ticks left just to make it to the second overtime.
After a 3-pointer by Muhammad with a minute remaining gave the Spartans a one-point lead in that second extra session, Graham made 1-of-2 from the free-throw line with three seconds left in the period, forcing the third OT.
The Aggies led 81-80 early in that OT after Nujic’s free throw, but Wilson made six free throws and Thornton had a go-ahead 3-point play to put San Jose State in control.
In the final seconds, a game-tying 3-point attempt by Hawkins ricocheted off the rim, sealing the Spartan victory.
UCD shot 40 percent from the field (27-for-67) and scored 25 points off 22 Spartan turnovers, but it wasn’t enough.
On Saturday, the Aggies will try again to snap their skid when Air Force comes to The Pavilion for a 2:30 p.m. contest. The UCD women’s squad plays Houston Baptist (noon) in the first half of the doubleheader.