GAME NOTES: The UC Davis Aggies have lost four of their last five games, but will look to turn things around as they travel to face the Cal Poly Mustangs in Big West Conference play at Mott Gymnasium.
UC Davis has lost four of its last five, and is coming off a 90-73 defeat at the hands of Hawaii a week ago. The Aggies are 1-4 in conference play this season - last in the Big West - sitting three games behind UC Irvine for the conference's top spot.
Cal Poly, after winning three games in a row, has lost two of its last three contests in conference play. The Mustangs are fresh off a 61-58 loss to UC Riverside Saturday, which put Riverside a game ahead of UC Davis in Big West play.
Cal Poly has a firm grasp on the all-time series with UC Davis, 33-14. The two programs will meet again later this regular season on Feb. 27.
Hawaii went up in the second half against UC Davis by 20 points, but the Aggies were able to cut the 20-point deficit to single digits. Hawaii rebounded from the comeback attempt though, and defeated the Aggies last Thursday. Corey Hawkins paced UC Davis with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. His six turnovers were the most by an Aggies player in the game, though. Iggy Nujic contributed 17 points, and Georgi Funtarov and Ryan Sypkens each added 10 in the loss.
Hawkins is the team leader this season in scoring, averaging 18.2 ppg on 44.6 percent shooting from the floor. Hawkins adds a team-best 30 steals and a second-best 48 assists to his stat line. Darius Graham tops the squad with 77 assists on the year. Sypkens is second on the Aggies in scoring with 11.9 ppg, and Funtarov leads in rebounding at 4.7 rpg. UC Davis nets an average of 72.4 ppg this season.
Cal Poly led UC Riverside in the team's last outing heading down the stretch. But the Highlanders went on a 10-0 run in the final three and a half minutes to take the lead away from the Mustangs, edging out Cal Poly for the win. Dave Nwaba scored 17 points and pulled down sic rebounds for the Mustangs, and Chris Eversley chipped in 13 points with eight rebounds. Maliik Love came off the bench to score 10 points in the loss. Cal Poly connected on 38.6 percent of its shots in the game.
Eversley and Nwaba are the top two scorers this season for the Mustangs, as the only two players averaging double-digit scoring totals. Eversley leads the team with 13.5 ppg, while Nwaba is second at 12 ppg on 56.4 percent shooting from the floor. Eversley is also the team's leading rebounder at 7 rpg, and has the most assists with 27. Jamal Johnson leads the team in assists with 58.
Although Cal Poly was downed by UC Riverside in the team's last outing, the Mustangs should be able to handle the struggling Aggies on their home court. As long as Nwaba and Eversley are contributing, Cal Poly will be a contender in the Big West.
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