UC Davis head coach Jim Les yells while coaching his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cal State Northridge in the Big West Conference tournament, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Jae C. Hong
March 12, 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Josh Ritchart scored 21 points and Big West Player of the Year Corey Hawkins had 13 of his 15 in the second half to rally UC-Davis to a 71-67 win over CS Northridge on Thursday in the opening game of the conference tournament.

Ritchart hit 6 of 8 shots, including 5 of 6 behind the arc to offset an off night for Hawkins, the nation's leading 3-pointer shooter (49.7 percent) who hit just 1 of 5 treys.

The top-seeded Aggies (25-5), who trailed the Matadors (9-24) 36-28 at the half, shot 66.7 percent in the second half and used an 8-0 run to take their first at 54-52 with 7:07 to play. They face fifth-seeded Hawaii in the semifinals on Friday.

After Stephan Hicks made two free throws to tie the game, Tyler Les hit a 3-pointer at 5:51 to put Davis up for good. Ritchart sandwiched a pair of 3s around a Hawkins free throw to make it 64-56 with 3:22 left.

Aaron Parks had 21 points and Stephen Maxwell added 19 for Northridge.

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