UC Davis 89, Whittier 53

Mark Payne scored a career-high 28 points and UC Davis cruised

to an 89-53 victory Whittier on Wednesday night.

Joe Harden had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Dominic Calegari

added 13 points for the Aggies (4-8).

Drew Menez scored 17 points and David Hayashi added 15 for the

Poets (4-4), who have lost four straight.

The game was tied 17-all until the Aggies took control with a

22-0 run, capped by Payne’s basket with 4:07 to play in the first

half.

The Poets ended their scoring drought with a free throw with

3:14 left but then failed to score again the rest of the half.

The Aggies led 45-18 at intermission and by as many as 44 points

in the second half.