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Late Run Lifts Wofford Over Furman, 79-70

Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

Spartanburg, S.C. -- A 14-0 run late in the second half erased a five-point Furman lead and lifted Wofford to a 79-70 victory over the Paladins in front of a sellout crowd of 3,400 on Saturday night at the Richardson Indoor Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.

The loss marked the first for Furman in Southern Conference play as the Paladins fell to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in league play. Wofford improved to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the SoCon.

Matt Rafferty capped a 6-0 Furman spurt with a layup at the 7:48 mark of the second period to give the Paladins a 62-57 lead. Wofford answered with the decisive run of the game as Cameron Jackson trimmed the lead to three points with a dunk, and Nathan Hoover and Fletcher Magee drained back-to-back triples to ignite a 14-0 run. After a missed jumper by John Davis III, Storm Murphy connected on two free throws and Magee added a basket two possessions later to extend the Terrier advantage to 71-62 with 3:43 left.

Devin Sibley and Hoover traded three-point baskets before Andrew Brown's triple from the corner and a pair of free throws by Fowler with 1:48 remaining pulled Furman within 74-70. Wofford answered by hitting 5-of-6 free throws on its next three possessions to secure the victory.

Jackson and Trevor Stumpe tallied 20 points apiece to pace Wofford, while Magee netted 17 points and Hoover added 13 points. The Terriers shot 52% from the floor, connected on 11-of-24 three-point attempts and made good on 16-of-19 trips to the foul line.

Sibley, 7-of-15 from the field, led Furman with 17 points. The Furman bench contributed 29 points, including 14 from Jordan Lyons and nine from senior Geoff Beans. Rafferty grabbed a game-high eight boards for the Paladins, who shot 43.3% and made 9-of-28 three-point tries.

After falling behind 9-0, Furman rallied to take a first half lead and trailed just 41-38 at the halftime break. The Terriers pushed the lead back to eight points before a 12-4 Furman run tied the game at 52-52 with 13:11 to play. Wofford took a 55-52 lead prior to a 10-2 Paladin run.

Furman returns home to host ETSU on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Samford on Saturday, January 20, at 4:30 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on ESPN3. Fans can also listen to Dan Scott and Bryant Lambert call the action on FoxSports 1440AM, via the TuneIn Radio app or through Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information