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Aggies shoot down T-birds

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December 21, 2010 |

Enterprise correspondent

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Sometimes an engine needs an extra burst to reach it\’s destination. On Tuesday, Ryan Sypkens and Eddie Miller combined to create that spark and propel the UC Davis men\’s basketball team to a 74-65 victory over Southern Utah at The Pavilion.

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Sypkens (16 points) and Miller (20) combined to tally 23 of the Aggies\’ 38 second-half points as they pulled away from the pesky Thunderbirds (3-9).

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“We just got hot,” said Sypkens, a sophomore from nearby Franklin High (Elk Grove). “Eddie Miller was playing out of his mind.”

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Added UCD head coach Gary Stewart, “We\’ve always known they were capable. (Tuesday) was Ryan and Eddie\’s night.”

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The game was the Aggies\’ last before heading into their Big West schedule. UCD now has a six-day break until playing at Cal State Fullerton next Tuesday.

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“(The win) was significant. (It was) the last opportunity before conference play,” Stewart said.

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Joe Harden also chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds, and three steals for the Aggies (5-7), while Mark Payne scored 12 points.

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Damon Heuir racked up 18 points and Jake Nielson added 12 for the Thunderbirds.

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Southern Utah also continued it\’s season-long trend of outrebounding opponents during losses, posting a 30-24 advantage on the backboards over UCD.

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After the tip-off, Ramell Taylor drained a trey and Ray Jones attacked the rim for a layup that put the Thunderbirds up 5-0.

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Southern Utah extended the lead to 12-5, before Miller and Sypkens knocked down 3-pointers to take give the Aggies the upper hand at 13-12 with 13:36 left to play in the first half.

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The two teams then traded leads until Sypkens drilled another trey with 7:51 left, giving UCD the advantage for good at 20-19. The Aggies eventually entered the halftime break up 36-33.

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After intermission, UCD extended its lead to 41-33 behind a putback and jumper by Miller. It also got two free throws from Payne, who was fouled and took a hard fall while attempting an alley-oop off an inbounds pass from Sypkens.

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Hanging tight, however, the Thunderbirds cut the lead to 43-40 on a three-point play by Matt Massey.

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But then Miller got the hot hand.

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He pumped in three consecutive jumpers to push the advantage to 49-44 with 11:35 left in the game, igniting the crowd and the UCD bench.

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Following two technical free throws by Payne, Sypkens nailed another three to stretch the Aggies\’ lead to 54-47. Minutes later, Sypkens dialed up another long-distance make to give UCD a 60-52 advantage with 5:54 left.

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After the trey, Miller got back in on the action with a three of his own from the baseline and another jumper, and Tyler Les swished a 3-pointer to give the Aggies their largest lead of the game at 70-57.

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— Reach Will Bellamy at wbellamy@davisenterprise.net. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com

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