SALT LAKE CITY — An early spurt by Utah put the UC Davis men’s basketball team behind the eight ball, and the Utes took control with another run at the end of the first half, defeating the visiting Aggies, 94-60, on Friday at Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Utah (2-0) took a 15-2 lead to start the contest but UCD (1-2) used a run of its own — a jumper from Corey Hawkins, a layup from Darius Graham and a 3-point shot from Ryan Sypkens all in a span of 1:11 — to cut the advantage to six.
The lead was down to four after consecutive Aggie baskets by Hawkins and Georgi Funtarov.
UCD’s defense also was impressive as the Aggies forced eight early turnovers, including two drawn charges by Graham and another by Josh Ritchart.
However, Utah scored the final 11 points of the half to head into intermission up 45-29.
Freshman guard Brynton Lemar had 13 of his Aggie-high 14 points in the opening half, and finished with four of UCD’s eight steals.
Utah guard Brandon Taylor led all players with 21 points, while teammate Renan Lenz added a career-high 20.
The Aggies will return to action on Friday, facing Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, in the first of their three games in three days at the Portland State Tournament. Tip-off for all three contests is at 3 p.m.