Dec. 22, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Ryan Sypkens scored a career-high 28 points, including 23 in the second-half, to lead UC Davis (4-7) to an 82-71 win against Nicholls State (1-8) in the final game for both teams at the Utah State hosted World Vision Basketball Challenge held here Saturday night.
UC Davis, who has won three of its last four games after starting the year with a 1-7 record, finishes the tournament with a 2-1 mark, while NSU went 0-3.
Sypkens, who was 9-of-16 from the field, 6-of-11 from three-point range and 4-for-4 at the free throw line, added five rebounds and four assists to go along with his 28 points. Corey Hawkins scored 19 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists for UC Davis, while Ryan Howley had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, giving him 38 rebounds for the three-day event to set a new tournament record. Josh Ritchart also scored 10 points for the Aggies.
T.J. Carpenter scored 21 points to lead Nicholls State, while Amin Torres scored 14 points and Dantrell Thomas had 10.
UC Davis finished the game shooting 50.9 percent (28-55), including 57.7 percent in the second-half (15-26), as it out-scored Nicholls State 52-34 in the final 20 minutes. The Aggies also made 43.5 percent of their three-pointers (10-23) and 72.7 percent of their free throws (16-22). Nicholls State shot 41.9 percent for the game (26-62), including 37.9 percent from three (11-29) and 66.7 percent at the line (8-12).
UC Davis scored the first four points of the contest and held an early 9-3 advantage before Nicholls State used an 11-3 run to take its first lead at 14-12 with 12:31 to play in the half following a three-pointer from Shane Rillieux. The Colonels later had an 8-2 run to take a 26-20 lead and finished the half on a 7-2 spurt to go into halftime up 37-30.
Nicholls State began the second-half on a 5-2 run to open its largest lead of the game at 42-32 just 1:09 into the period, before UC Davis scored 12 of the next 13 points to regain the lead at 44-43. Leading 49-48 with 10:29 remaining, the Aggies put the game away with a 19-5 run over the next 5:03 to to open its largest lead of the game at 68-53. From there, Nicholls State would get no closer than nine points at 80-71 with 00:42 to play in the contest as UCD posted the 11-poinit win.
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