Friday, April 18, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Cal Poly’s defense does in UCD men at BW tournament

UCD standouts Ryan Sypkens (25) — shown here in a game earlier this season — and Corey Hawkins were mostly shut down by Cal Poly on Thursday as the Aggies droppd a Big West Conference Tournament first-round game, 64-41, to the Mustangs. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

By Joseph D’Hippolito

ANAHEIM — Two of the Big West Conference’s most potent offensive forces sputtered in the first round of the men’s basketball tournament Thursday at the Honda Center.

UC Davis’ Corey Hawkins and Ryan Sypkens combined for just 15 points, as the sixth-seeded Aggies fell to No. 3 Cal Poly, 64-41.

Hawkins, the Big West’s scoring leader at 20.9 points per game, missed seven of nine shots from the floor to finish with a season-low six points.

“Corey drew a lot of attention,” said UCD coach Jim Les. “He had two, sometimes three guys running after him when he caught the ball.”

But the sophomore guard compensated by contributing team highs of seven rebounds, three assists and two steals while playing every minute before an injury forced him out with 8:51 to play. Hawkins did not return after he landed awkwardly on his right ankle after attempting a jump shot.

“He was doing what we wanted him to do and trust his teammates,” Les said. “He’s got to make that next pass, that next play. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make them pay.”

Sypkens, who entered the game with the nation’s best shooting percentage from 3-point range at 47.1 percent, led the Aggies (14-17) with nine points. But Sypkens made only two of nine shots beyond the arc and missed nine of 11 overall.

The rest of the Aggies fared no better. UCD established season lows in points (41) and field goals (16) while compiling its second-lowest shooting percentage of the season at 36.4.

That performance undermined what Les called “one of the better defensive halves we had,” one that Cal Poly (18-12) escaped with a 20-19 lead.

UCD forced the Mustangs to shoot just 28 percent in the first half while holding them to the fewest points any team scored in a first half against the Aggies this season.

“Our guys were in sync,” Les said, “all five guys on the floor.”

But Cal Poly began the second half with an 11-0 blitz that did more than extend the lead to 31-19 with 3:25 gone in the period. It destroyed the Aggies’ poise.

“When we didn’t make some of the open shots that we did get,” Sypkens said, “we got frustrated and down on ourselves.”

As a result, the UCD defense collapsed.

“In the second half, our inability to see some shots go in had an effect on us,” Les said. “It weighed on us, even to missing some free throws that we normally make.

“We carried some of that disappointment to the defensive end. The pressure mounted on us to try and score, and that was counter-productive for us.”

With a 45-32 lead, Cal Poly used an 8-0 spree to build a 53-32 advantage with 8:41 to play. The Mustangs shot 51.6 percent in the second half, 50 percent from 3-point range, to earn their sixth consecutive victory and a berth in Friday night’s semifinals.

“We could never get into a flow, offensively,” Les said. “The first team that was going to break out into an offensive rhythm was going to have the upper hand.”

Cal Poly’s Dylan Royer made all five of his 3-pointers and led all scorers with 17 points. Drake U’u added 10 points and Brian Bennett had nine rebounds and eight points.

Special to The Enterprise

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Posts

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

  • .

    News

    Old friend helps Brad and others find kidneys

    By Dave Jones | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Chuck Rairdan joins school board race

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1

    Davis United Methodist Church, Holmes Green Team leaders honored

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    ‘Hitchhiking’ dog looking for new home

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Online K-12 school holds info night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Volkssporting Club plans North Davis walks

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Schwenger lawn signs available

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

    Volunteers needed for Grad Night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Davis grad makes rain collection a business

    By Jason McAlister | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    A few spots left on history tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Chipotle fundraiser boosts Emerson tech upgrade

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Event to provide nature scholarship

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Students have new options on leasing front

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Author discusses memoirs of Appalachia at The Avid Reader

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    NAMI backers walk in Sacramento

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    Food for the hungry

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

    Groups join for a day of service

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Forum

    Dad makes mom look bad

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

     
    More tax money? Answer the question

    By Rich Rifkin | From Page: A6

     
    UCD IS responsible for students

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

     
    In search of great ideas

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

    Please keep the nursery open

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Early help is a great investment

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    Sharks double up Kings in Game 1

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Aggies lose a slugfest in opener at Riverside

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Fox coming to UCD; Riffle heads to Florida

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    DHS’ Golston goes full-bore on the diamond

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devils show more life in loss to Mitty

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    DYSA roundup: Intensity has big week; 10U games dominate schedule

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Pro baseball roundup: Susac sends Sacramento to a rare loss

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    Sports briefs: Aggies set the academic bar high

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘The Bloom’ paves way for Whole Earth Festival

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    DHS tribute to Tony Fields slated for April 25-26

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    UCD, city team up for Music on the Green

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    ‘Transcendence’: A whole new level of tedium

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    .

    Business

    Ford turns its Focus to domestic market

    By Ali Arsham | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, April 18, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Real Estate Review

    Featured Listing

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER1

    Professional Services Directory

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER2

    Lyon Real Estate

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER3

    Acacia at Huntington Square

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Jamie Madison

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Yolo FCU

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER4

    Travis Credit Union

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER5

    Kim Eichorn

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

    Suzanne Kimmel

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER6

    Lynne Wegner

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

    Kim Merrel Lamb

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER7

    Patricia Echevarria

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

    Chris Snow

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER8

    Sheryl Patterson

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Don Guthrie

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Andrew Dowling

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER9

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER10

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER11

    Heather Barnes

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

    Julie Partain & Dick Partain

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER12

    Malek Baroody

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER13

    Karen Waggoner

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

    Willowbank Park

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER14

    Julie Leonard

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

    Tim Harrison

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

    Team Traverso

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER15

    Tracy Harris

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

    Lori Prizmich

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER16

    Joe Kaplan

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

    Raul Zamora

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER17

    Coldwell Banker

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER18

    Open House Map

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER19

    F1rst Street Real Estate

    By Zack Snow | From Page: RER20