DAVIS, Calif. – (Hawaii Athletics) The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team saw its five-game win streak come to an end with an 89-65 loss Thursday night at The Pavilion. UH dropped to 15-10 overall and 9-6 in the Big West with its first loss in three weeks.
It was serious blow to UH's conference title hopes as the Rainbow Warriors now trail league-leader Long Beach State by 2.5 games with just three Big West games remaining UC Davis (10-13, 6-6 BWC), meanwhile, swept the season series with UH after defeating the 'Bows 93-82 in Honolulu last month.
UH scored the first basket of the game, but the Aggies took the lead shortly after and never trailed again. UC Davis built a 16-point lead by halftime and opened it up even further in the second half as its lead ballooned to as many as 26 points.
Corey Hawkins scored a game-high 21 points to lead UCD, while Ryan Sypkens added 17 points. Hauns Brereton led UH with a team-high 17 points, while Brandon Spearman added 12. Meanwhile, the Aggies bottled up two-time league player of the week Christian Standhardinger, who committed five turnovers and was limited to six points and seven rebounds.
The Rainbow Warriors were within four points, 24-20, with seven minutes left in the first half. But the Aggies went on a 17-5 run to build a double-digit lead they would maintain throughout. The 'Bows, who had overcome second half double-digit deficits in its last two road wins, had no such luck this time. The Aggies squashed any UH comeback hopes by opening the second half with a 21-11 run.
UCD shot 49 percent for the game and for the second straight meeting was hot from behind the arc, burying 11 of its 19 three-point attempts. The Aggies also out-rebounded UH, 38-29.
Hawai'i will now look to rebound when it next travels to Pacific on Saturday, Feb. 16. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. HT) at the Spanos Center.