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Davidson's Career High 35 Propels Furman Past Fairfield, 77-70 (OT)

Davidson's Career High 35 Propels Furman Past Fairfield, 77-70 (OT)

LAS VEGAS, NEV. -- Le'Jzae Davidson poured in a career high 35 points and Milica Manojlovic delivered a game tying layup at the buzzer in regulation to send the game to overtime and help Furman defeat Fairfield, 77-70, in the opening round of the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic Thursday afternoon at the South Point Arena.

Davidson scored 20 of her 35 points in the second half and four more from the free throw line in overtime, capping a personal 15-for-16 performance from the stripe, to help Furman (7-4) claim its third straight victory and fifth triumph in the last six games.

Davidson' career high effort, which topped her previous best 31-point performance in an 81-63 road victory over UNC Asheville last year, was made possible by Manojlovic, who, with Furman trailing 62-60, took an inbounds pass with six seconds remaining in regulation and dribbled the length of the court to convert a pressured layup from the right side of the lane to send the game into the extra frame.

In overtime, Manojlovic, bottomed out a 17-foot jump shot as the possession clock wound down to put the Paladins up, 72-66, with 1:25 remaining.  The redshirt freshman from Tivat, Montenegro, finished with five points.

Furman nearly let the game slip away in regulation, forfeiting a 55-49 lead in the final three minutes as Fairfield took advantage of a pair of Paladin turnovers and missed 3-pointers to score 10 straight points to go up 59-55 following two Casey Foley free throws with 28 seconds remaining.

Davidson was fouled on a 3-point shot and drained the three free throw chances with 16 seconds on the clock to cut the lead to one.

After Rachel Hakas converted a free throw to make it 60-58, Manojlovic tied it with her full court possession and layup just ahead of the buzzer.

Celena Taborn contributed a season high 19 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes to action for the Paladins, who overcame paltry shooting for the game (35.7 percent) by knocking down 32 of 42 free throw chances.

Khadidiatou Diouf paced Fairfield (2-8) with 23 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Foley and Katie Armstrong with 13 points apiece.

Furman plays Western Illinois on Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET.