Asheville, N.C. – Appalachian State shot 54.4% from the field and scored 33 points off 18 Furman turnovers to down the Paladins, 74-60, in quarterfinal round action at the Southern Conference Men's Basketball Championships in Asheville, N.C., on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (15-15) advanced to face top-seed Davidson in Sunday's semifinal round while Furman concluded its season with a 7-24 record.
Nathan Healy and Jay Canty scored 13 points apiece to lead Appalachian State. Canty added five rebounds and a game-high six assists. Colin Reddick had 15 points and four blocks for Furman, while Kendrec Ferrara chipped in 12 points and eight boards.
Appalachian built a comfortable cushion with a 23-4 run in the first half turning a two-point deficit into a 17-point advantage, 28-11 on a Michael Obacha layup at 7:50 before taking a 38-24 lead into intermission.
Furman came out of the break on an 11-0 spurt closing to within five points, 38-33, with 17:36 to go in the game. With Appalachian's lead down to 47-40 after Ferrara's trey at 14:11, the Mountaineers outscored Furman 19-5 over the next five-plus minutes to jump out to a 66-45 on a Tab Hamilton three-pointer with under nine minutes to play.
The Paladins got within 11 points, 66-55, on two more Charlie Reddick free throws, but ASU held off the Furman charge to win by 14.
Jamaal Trice had 12 points for the Mountaineers while Bobby Austin and Charlie Reddick each tallied 11 points for Furman.
The Paladins shot 44.7% from the field, but connected on just 3-of-11 three-point attempts. ASU made 8-of-21 treys and 31-of-57 field goal attempts to down Furman for the second time this season and win its ninth straight postseason game against the Paladins.