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Wofford Clips Furman On Late Three-Pointer, 59-54

Matt Rafferty
Matt Rafferty

Spartanburg, S.C. -- Storm Murphy drained a go-ahead three-pointer with 17.6 seconds left to help lift Wofford over Furman, 59-54, in Southern Conference men's basketball action Saturday evening at Richardson Indoor Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.

The loss dropped the Paladins to 15-4 overall and 4-3 in the SoCon, while Wofford improved to 15-4 overall and 7-0 in league play.

With the game tied at 52-52, Furman's Matt Rafferty converted a layup to give the Paladins a two-point advantage with 1:01 to play. Following a Terrier timeout, Cameron Jackson slipped free for a dunk to knot the game at 54-54 with 55 seconds remaining.

Jordan Lyons' potential go-ahead three-pointer on Furman's next possession missed and Murphy converted his triple for the Terriers with under 18 seconds left to put his team in front, 57-54. Clay Mounce got a look at a three for Furman from left of the key with three seconds to go, but his effort was rebounded by Wofford. The Terriers' Keve Aluma missed the front end of a one-and-one with 2.7 seconds on the clock and the loose ball out of bounds was awarded to Furman, but Rafferty's full court pass went out of bounds to give the ball back to Wofford.

Rafferty led the Paladins with 23 points and eight rebounds. The senior connected on 8-of-14 field goal attempts and 5-of-6 trips to the charity stripe. Lyons and Andrew Brown added 10 points apiece.

Fletcher Magee led Wofford with 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting. The Terriers shot 38.9% from the field and held the Paladins to 35.1% shooting, including a 7-for-27 effort from three-point range. The Paladins managed a 24-22 edge in points in the paint and 17-11 advantage in second chance points.

Furman returns home to host Chattanooga on Thursday, January 24, at 7 p.m. before entertaining the Samford Bulldogs on Saturday, January 26, at 4:30 p.m.. Tickets are available at the Timmons Arena Box Office or online at FurmanPaladins.com.