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Furman Downs Liberty To Claim Third Consecutive Victory, 79-56

Devin Sibley
Devin Sibley

Highlights vs. Liberty
Niko Medved Postgame
 // Stephen Croone Postgame 

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman shot a season-high 60% from the field and used a 34-11 run midway through the game to power past the Liberty Flames, 79-56, in non-conference men's basketball action on Tuesday evening at Timmons Arena.

Sophomore Devin Sibley tallied 10 of his 15 points during the decisive run and Kendrec Ferrara added eight during the spurt as Furman (5-3) turned a 21-16 deficit with under seven minutes to go in the first half into a 50-32 lead on Ferrara's trey with 15:23 to play.

Liberty (3-7) made its first four shots, including three beyond the arc, to lead by as many as nine points in the early going. Trailing by five with under seven minutes remaining in the half, Furman exploded on a 9-0 run with Sibley connecting on a pair of free throws, Stephen Croone scoring in the paint, Ferrara burying a trey and Sibley adding another pair from the foul line to give the Paladins a 25-21 lead. Sibley answered a Liberty free throw with four more points to help Furman push its halftime advantage to 33-27.

After the Flames' A.C. Reid answered Kris Acox's opening bucket of the second half with a three-pointer, Furman reeled off 12 straight points behind a pair of Daniel Fowler triples to up the margin to 47-30 with 16 minutes to play. Another 12-2 run, aided by a pair of Croone slams, pushed the Paladin lead to 25 as Furman shot 65% from the field in the second half to cruise to its third straight win.

Croone paced the Paladins with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Sibley made good on 9-of-10 trips to the foul line to finish with 15 points.  Acox totaled 13 points and nine rebounds to help Furman to a 27-25 edge on the glass and 38-22 advantage in points in the paint. Ferrara added 10 points and freshman Matt Rafferty stuffed the stat sheet with five points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.

The Paladins 60% effort from the field marked the third consecutive game that head coach Niko Medved's team shot better than 50% from the floor.  Furman hit on 8-of-19 three-point attempts and turned 21 Liberty turnovers into 22 points.

Forward Evan Maxwell led the Flames with 12 points and six rebounds.  Liberty shot 46.3% from the floor, but made just 4-of-16 threes after hitting on its first three attempts behind the arc.

Furman returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Gardner-Webb at Timmons Arena.  Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Fans can also listen to the contest on the Furman IMG Network at WGOG 101.7FM and FoxSports 1440AM, as well as, on your mobile device through the iHeart Radio app.



Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information