Dec. 14, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Freshman forward Georgi Funtarov scored a season-high 13 points for the second straight game and freshman guard Brynton Lemar added another 11 to lead UC Davis in scoring Saturday afternoon at Maples Pavilion. By scoring five of their first seven baskets from three early in the second half, the Cardinal were able to keep the Aggies at bay to record an 83-56 victory.
UC Davis will enter Wednesday's game at San Jose State with a 3-8 record; Stanford improves to 7-2 with the result.
Funtarov also matched his career-high rebound total by finishing with six--one board shy of junior guard Corey Hawkins' team-high seven.
"The coaching staff has a lot of confidence in him, his teammates have confidence in him, and his confidence is growing. He is playing at a high level right now on both ends of the floor with the way he is shooting the ball, rebounding and playing defense," said head coach Jim Les.
In addition to posting a double-figure scoring total for the fifth time of the year, Lemar was also earned for one-third of his squad's assists by finishing with a team-high four.
Responsible for the first eight points of the afternoon, Stanford built a first-half lead that grew to as many as 17 before UC Davis battled back to cut its deficit to 11 with just under six minutes until halftime.
What started with a layup by Lemar continued when senior guard Ryan Sypkens connected from three; another layup by Funtarov and a free throw from Hawkins not only generated momentum for UC Davis and silenced the Stanford faithful, but pulled the Aggies within striking distance.
Also providing a jolt of energy off the bench was junior forward Clint Bozner as he scored six points, on three consecutive UC Davis possessions, to help cut his team's deficit to its smallest margin of the half.
"Boz is a physical presence for us," added Les. "When he is aggressive and getting after it in the paint on both ends, its raises the team's level of play."
Once action resumed after the break, Stanford was able to return its cushion back to its original total by sinking five of its first seven field goals from three. As the game progressed, the Cardinal were able to pull away from the Aggies by making 17 of 26 shots and 5 of 7 from three in the second half.
Even though Stanford possessed a distinct height advantage, the Aggies were successful in preventing the Cardinal to solely run their offense near the basket and forced them to take numerous three-point shots. Even though the Cardinal were able to score 11 baskets from behind the arc, nearly 40 percent of their field goal attempts were from long range.
UC Davis more than held its own underneath the basket against Stanford's big men as the Aggies were able to score 22 of their points in the paint, just one field goal shy of matching the Cardinal's total, and fell three rebounds shy of matching their opponents overall rebound total.
Through a complete team effort, all but one of the nine Aggies that saw action at Stanford recorded at least one rebound, UC Davis was able to negate Stanford's size advantage throughout most of the game.
Besides Hawkins who fell one board short of his season high, and Funtarov, who equaled his, Lemar more than held his own down low to finish with a season-high five rebounds.
Also missing his season best by one, Graham finished his afternoon with nine points and four rebounds.
The Aggies were also about to grab more than twice as many offensive rebounds compared to the Cardinal, ending the contest with an 11-5 advantage that led to nine second-chance points.
By comparison, Stanford only scored one second-chance field goal.
Junior guard Chasson Randle led Stanford with 16 points; one of three Cardinal to finish with 15 points, senior forward Josh Powell also recorded a double-double by ending with 10 rebounds.