Spartanburg, S.C. – Furman shot 60.8% from the floor and out-scored Wofford 46-28 in the paint, but it wasn't enough, as the Terriers held on for a 77-73 victory in Benjamin Johnson Arena on Saturday night.
The win moves Wofford to 15-14 on the year, 11-5 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Paladins to 17-12 on the season, with an identical 11-5 conference record.
Larry Wideman stole the Wofford inbounds pass with six seconds remaining, down three, but Furman couldn't convert on the chance, allowing Wofford to hang on for the win.
Furman led Wofford in shooting percentage, blocks, fast break points, points off turnovers, and bench points, but the Terriers managed to get to the free throw line 21 times to Furman's eight, converting on 16 opportunities.
Furman led by as many as four in the first half, before a 9-0 run gave Wofford a five-point lead with one minute to go until the break. A Matt Raferty fade-away as the shot clock expired cut the lead back to three with 50 seconds to go, then Geoff Beans got a friendly bounce on a buzzer-beating three to send the game to the break tied at 31.
The teams traded baskets most of the second half, until an 8-0 Terrier run gave Wofford its largest lead of the half at seven with 5:00 remaining. Furman cut the lead to three on back-to-back layups by Stephen Croone, but Eric Garcia gave the Terriers their largest lead of the game at 69-61 with 2:22 to go.
Furman scored back-to-back layups by Croone and Sibley to cut the lead to four with 1:30 remaining, but a Spencer Collins jumper gave the Terriers a six point lead, seemingly putting the game away for good. Furman would not go away quietly, however, as Matt Rafferty nailed a three from the baseline to cut the lead to three with 50 seconds remaining.
Much like the earlier season contest in Greenville, the game's final 50 seconds saw plenty of action, as Wofford pushed the lead back to six, before Furman cut it to four. Wofford pushed the lead back to six, before Devin Sibley cut it to three.
Larry Wideman stole the Wofford inbounds pass with six seconds remaining, but Matt Rafferty couldn't convert on the chance, allowing Wofford to hang on for the win.
Furman is back in action on Thursday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m., taking on ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn.