Dec. 7, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Corey Hawkins scored a game-high 34 points and freshman Brynton Lemar's end-to-end layup with seven seconds left in regulation forced overtime for UC Davis, but Deonte Burton scored five points in the extra period to help Nevada beat the Aggies 87-81 in a non-conference men's basketball game from The Pavilion Saturday night.
Lemar finished with season-high 16 points and did not commit a turnover throughout his 34 minutes on the court, Georgi Funtarov set two new season highs with 13 points and six rebounds and Iggy Nujic added a season-high 10 points for UC Davis which fell to 3-7. Jerry Evans, Jr., scored a team-high 25 points while Burton added 19 as Nevada improved to 4-5.
In all, eight tied scores and 15 lead changes took place throughout the evening.
"They battled for 45 minutes tonight, played hard and played together. I told them (after the game) that it was a pleasure coaching them tonight and watching them play," said head coach Jim Les after the game.
"Nobody hates to lose more than I do, when they battle like that, you have to say the other team made more plays and move on."
The Aggies were within two at 79-77, with two minutes to go after Darius Graham drove the baseline and dished to Funtarov who scored in the key. A pair of free throws from Graham with 30 seconds left brought the Aggies to within 81-80, but Burton broke away on an inbounds pass from Evans to put the Woif Pack up 83-80.
Graham made 1 of 2 from the free throw line with 24 seconds left to make it 83-81 but Nevada went 4 for 4 at the stripe the rest of the way to hold off UC Davis.
The Aggies, who led 31-20 with 7:43 left in the first half, trailed 74-72 with 12 seconds left in the second. Lemar, however, provided heroics by driving the right side of the paint for a layup with seven ticks on the clock to tie the game. The score at the end of regulation was the seventh deadlock of the second half.
Providing UC Davis with its last-minute opportunity in regulation was a key stop on defense; Burton was forced to heave a desperation three from 35 feet in a last-ditch effort to avoid a Nevada shot clock violation. His toss hit nothing but the backboard, giving the Aggies the final possession in regulation.
"Not only did we have two freshman on the floor throughout the final minutes (Funtarov and Lemar), they were making plays.
"He (Lemar) has a lot of confidence and we think he is a really good player. He did a lot of good things tonight, and he played well on the other end guarding Burton, an All-American," added Les.
Hawkins hit 12 of 20 shots from the field while adding six rebounds and four assists. Graham also had four assists while Funtarov matched Hawkins with a team-high six boards.
UC Davis will take a break for final exams before returning to the court next Saturday for a 5 p.m. game at Stanford.
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