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Loyola Ramblers Run Away From Furman, 77-50

Charlie Reddick
Charlie Reddick

Chicago, Ill. – Devon Turk came off of the bench to score a game-high 19 points and Loyola used a 20-0 run early in the second half to top Furman, 77-50, in men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Gentile Arena in Chicago, Ill.

Trailing 29-27 at the half, Furman (2-5) pulled even on Stephen Croone's driving layup just 29 seconds into the second half, but the Ramblers reeled off 20 straight points as part of a 33-5 run to take control of the game en route to a 27-point victory over the Paladins.

Ben Averkamp opened the run for Loyola with three baskets in an eight point stretch before Turk, Matt O'Leary and Cully Payne all added three-pointers.  The Ramblers raced out to a 49-29 lead and extended it to a 62-34 advantage on Turk's trey with 7:55 remaining.

Loyola (6-2) forced Furman into eight of its 20 turnovers on the night during an 11 possession stretch early in the second half and the Paladins failed to connect on their second field goal of the second half until Bobby Austin scored with 11:06 to play.  Turk, who had two points at the break, buried five second half threes to lead the Ramblers in scoring while Jordan Hicks and Averkamp added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Ramblers, just 10-of-31 from the floor in the first half, converted on 64.5% of their shots over the final 20 minutes to shoot 47.6% from the field for the game.  Loyola hit 11-of-24 three-point attempts and outscored the Paladins 32-20 in the paint.

Furman fell behind 14-2 in the first six minutes, but the Paladins chipped away at the margin with treys from Charlie Reddick and Larry Wideman.  Furman trimmed the deficit to four points and Colin Reddick netted back-to-back baskets to send the Paladins into the locker room down two points.

The Paladins, who shot 35.8% for the game, made only 9-of-27 field goal attempts after the break and were out-rebounded 38-31.  Loyola pulled away by scoring 23 points off 20 Paladin turnovers and 14 points in transition to just two for Furman.

Charlie Reddick paced Furman with 12 points while freshmen Larry Wideman and Kendrec Ferrara added 11 and 10, respectively.  Colin Reddick grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in the loss.

Furman's four freshman combined for 27 of the team's 50 points while the Paladins' three seniors scored only seven points combined.

Furman will be idle for seven days during exams before returning home to host Presbyterian College on December 9, at 3 p.m. on Court at Timmons Arena.