The Hawaii men’s basketball team’s five-game winning streak came to a full stop in an 89-65 blowout loss at UC Davis today.
UH’s bid for the first four-game conference road winning streak in program history was emphatically denied by the Aggies, who shot 48.5 percent from the field, outrebounded UH 38-29, and never relinquished control after going up in the opening minutes at The Pavilion.
It was the first time as a member of the Big West Conference that UH (15-10, 9-5) was swept home-and-home by a conference opponent.
UCD (10-13, 6-6) led by 16 points at halftime and the margin grew to 26 midway through the second half. The hosts sizzled from the perimeter, making 11 of 19 3-point attempts (57.9 percent).
In terms of margin of loss, it was the Rainbow Warriors’ second-worst defeat of the season. Only a 29-point loss at Cal Poly last month was more lopsided.
UH fell into a virtual tie for second place with Pacific (14-10, 8-4), the Rainbow Warriors’ opponent on Saturday in Stockton, Calif.
Sophomore guard Corey Hawkins, who scored 40 points in a 92-83 UCD win in Honolulu last month, led five Aggies in double-figures with 21 points. Guard Ryan Sypkens added 17 points on 5-for-7 3-point shooting.
UH’s big men were held in check all game. Junior forward Christian Standhardinger, the reigning two-time Big West Player of the Week, finished with six points, seven rebounds and five turnovers.
Senior center Vander Joaquim fouled out with eight points and two rebounds on a technical with 6:11 to play. Freshman forward Isaac Fotu played only 13 minutes off the bench and was a nonfactor.
Senior swingman Hauns Brereton led UH with 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Junior guard Brandon Spearman added 12 points and Ozren Pavlovic 10 points in garbage time.
The Aggies picked up right where they left off from their blisting performance in Honolulu.
UCD led by as many as 17 points in the first period behind Hawkins and Sypkens. The Aggies shot 6-for-9 on 3s in the period and outrebounded UH 16-9.
Spearman fouled Tyler Les on a 3-point attempt in the final seconds of the first half and the guard made all three foul shots for a 47-31 halftime lead.
UH actually shot 52.2 percent in the first half, but on only 23 field-goal attempts.