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UC Davis Holds Off Paladins, 58-55

UC Davis Holds Off Paladins, 58-55

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman rallied from a 13-point second half deficit to pull within two points, but junior Stephen Croone's last second three-point attempt missed as UC Davis held off the Paladins, 58-55 in non-conference men's basketball action on Saturday night at Timmons Arena.

The loss dropped the Paladins to 1-2 on the season, while the Aggies upped their record to 3-0.

Trailing 56-45 with under 4:30 remaining, Croone drained the Paladins third trey in less than three minutes and John Davis III stole an Aggie inbounds pass following a UC Davis timeout and went coast-to-coast for a layup to cut the deficit to 56-50 with 4:11 left.  On the next possession J.T. Adenrele made 1-of-2 free throws to push the margin back to seven points before Davis III followed his on miss with a rebound and converted on two trips to the line to get Furman within five at 57-52.

After the teams traded turnovers, UC Davis' Josh Ritchart missed a three-pointer from the top of the key with time running down on the shot clock and Furman's Daniel Fowler answered by draining a triple with 59.7 seconds left to cut the Aggies' lead to 57-55.  Ritchart missed another three-point attempt and Furman got an open look from the wing for Kendrec Ferrara with nine seconds left, but his trey was short.  Corey Hawkins made the front end of a one-and-one on the other end to push Furman's deficit back to three at 58-55.  Croone grabbed the miss on the second free throw and raced the length of the court, but his effort from the top of the key missed left as time expired.

Hawkins paced UC Davis with 21 points, six boards, four assists and two steals.  The senior transfer from Arizona State hit 8-of-14 shots, including 4-of-7 behind the arc.  Josh Fox came off the bench to score 11 points for the Aggies, who shot 52.2% from the field and connected on 7-of-18 three-point attempts.

The teams traded the lead three times in the opening period before UC Davis carried a 30-27 lead into intermission.  In the second half, UC Davis used a 14-2 run from the 13-minute mark to the eight-minute mark to turn a 38-37 lead into a 52-39 cushion.  Davis III, Devin Sibley and Croone all hit three-pointers to kick start the Paladins offense that fell just three points short.

Croone led Furman with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, while Davis III netted a career-high 14 points and Fowler added 11.  Furman shot 41.9% from the floor and outscored the Aggies 13-3 at the foul line, but the Paladins converted on just 6-of-24 three-point attempts.

Each team totaled 24 rebounds and 14 turnovers.  Furman managed 21 points off of UC Davis' 14 miscues.

The Paladins open a stretch of six road games in the next seven outings when they visit Cameron Indoor Stadium to face fourth-ranked Duke on Wednesday night.  Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. and the game will be televised live on ESPNU.

Wednesday's game can be heard on the Furman IMG Sports Network on flagship station WGOG 96.3 FM and Fox Sports 1440 AM with play-by-play voice Dan Scott and color commentator Ron Smith delivering the action.  The audio broadcast will also be available by logging onto Tunein.com  Live statistics will be available by logging onto FurmanPaladins.com.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information