Furman (5-7) at UC Davis (4-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, December 30, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Pavilion (5,670) -- Davis, California. Television:
None. Home Record: Furman 4-2, UC Davis 2-3. Away Record: Furman 1-5, UC Davis
0-6. Neutral Record: Furman 0-0, UC Davis 2-0. Conference Record: Furman 0-0,
UC Davis 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Furman Paladins and the UC Davis Aggies meet up in non-
conference action as both programs attempt to get their seasons back on
track on Monday evening.
Furman, coming off a 90-60 blowout loss to California on the road on Dec. 28,
has lost four of its last six games, and will play its second consecutive game
in California coming off the team's winter holiday break.
UC Davis finally snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win over Air Force,
80-74, back on Dec. 21. The Aggies lost two overtime games in that seven-game
losing skid, including a triple-overtime bout against San Jose State. The
Aggies did string together two straight wins earlier in the season, and will
look to do so again at home, where the team still has a losing record.
The Paladins were dismantled by California Saturday, losing by 30 points to
the Pac-12 team. Five Golden Bears players scored double figures in the
contest, and as a team shot over 60 percent from the floor. William Gates Jr.
scored a team-high 13 points against Cal, which is the first time this season
the freshman has led the team in scoring. In Furman's last win on Dec. 20
against Liberty, Paladins top scorer Stephen Croone poured in a career-high 40
Croone averages 20.3 ppg for Furman on 50.6 percent shooting, adding 5 rpg and
leads the team with 47 assists on the season. Gates is third on the team in
scoring, averaging 10.8 ppg and shoots 48.5 percent from beyond the 3-point
arc. The Paladins as a team average 12.7 turnovers per game.
UC Davis received plenty of help from its bench in the team's win over Air
Force. Corey Hawkins scored a game-high 20 points in the win. Air Force went
ahead 38-34 at the half, but the Aggies built on their momentum from the end
of the first period and went on a 15-4 run in the first 4:14 of the second
stanza. Ryan Sypkens was the only other Aggie to reach double figures in the
game with 17 points, but his 4-for-9 shooting performance from 3-point
distance was huge for UC Davis. The Aggies outscored Air Force 44-32 in the
paint in the game.
Having only played in nine games for UC Davis this season, Josh Ritchart leads
the Aggies in scoring by a slim margin, checking in at 17.3 ppg. Hawkins isn't
far behind with 17 ppg and a 5.5 rpg clip. Sypkens, who is a perfect 9-for-9
in free throws on the season, is third on the team in scoring at 9.8 ppg. He's
also hit 34 3-pointers in 13 games.
Poor defensive performances have been the storyline for UC Davis this season,
having been outscored by nearly 100 points this season. Furman is looking to
close out its California trip on a positive note.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Furman 67, UC Davis 61
12/30 10:33:07 ET
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