Dec. 30, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. – Corey Hawkins led a pack of UC Davis double-digit scorers with a game-high 17 points in Monday’s non-conference game at The Pavilion, but Furman was able to withstand an Aggie scoring charge late in the second half to secure a 75-65 win.
Returning to the court after a nine-day layoff, UC Davis enters Thursday’s game, the last of three straight at home, with a 4-10 mark. Behind Stephen Croone’s 17 points, the Paladins end their Northern California road trip with a 6-7 overall record.
Behind his 5-for-9 shooting from three, Ryan Sypkens added 15 points to the Aggies’ cause; Darius Graham chipped in another 11 and was responsible for a game-high five of his team’s eight assists.
In addition to Clint Bozner who came off the bench to score five points, and grab a team-high six rebounds, Georgi Funtarov also finished with six boards in addition to scoring 13 points.
"I thought Georgi played aggressively and got us going in the first half," said head coach Jim Les following the game. "He continues to be a consistent rebounder for us, I am pleased with his progress."
Of the 17 defensive rebounds earned by the Aggies, Funtarov led his team with five.
Throughout his 17 minutes on the court, Bozner was able to collect a team-high four offensive rebounds, nearly one-third of UC Davis' season-high 13 posted against the Paladins.
During a low-scoring first half, the Aggies took their first lead of the game when Sypkens connected from behind the arc to put UC Davis up 20-18. A free throw from Hawkins nearly 40 seconds later pushed his team’s advantage to its largest of the evening at three.
Throughout the final six minutes of the first half, both teams traded baskets until the Paladins scored four straight points on a mini-run that took place just before the break to take a one-point lead at the half.
As the second half progressed, Furman was able to slowly increase its lead to double digits before UC Davis made its final scoring push which started shortly after both teams returned to the floor following the game's final media timeout.
A three from Funtarov with two minutes remaining decreased Furman’s lead to 10; back-to-back free throws from Graham negated a Furman layup and returned UC Davis’ deficit back to its original margin.
After Charlie Reddick converted one of his two shots at the line on a double bonus opportunity to extend the Paladins' lead by a point, Sypkens canned his final bucket from distance to pull the Aggies within eight.
With UC Davis now forced to foul to stop the clock, Furman connected on three of its final four free throw attempts to prevent the Aggies from further decreasing their deficit.
UC Davis will end its three-game homestand on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, against Simpson University. Competing on the back-half of a doubleheader that involves both school's women's basketball team, the men are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m.