Greenville, S.C. – Furman shot a season-best 59.3% from the field, including 65% in the second half, to hand The Citadel its third straight defeat, 88-67, in Southern Conference men's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.
The Paladins improved to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in the SoCon while The Citadel slipped to 5-11 overall and 1-3 in the league. With the victory, its sixth in seven games at home this season, Furman claimed its 15th win in its last 20 meetings against the Bulldogs.
Furman used a 14-0 run midway through the first half to erase an early Bulldogs lead and take control of the game with a 37-26 advantage at intermission. Amu Saaka and Jordan Miller buried back-to-back treys to open the second half and key a 10-0 Paladin run that pushed the margin to 47-26 less than three minutes into the period.
The Citadel answered several minutes later with a 15-2 spurt of its own on the strength of seven foul shots to close within eight points at 55-47 with 11:12 remaining. Furman responded by connecting on nine of its next 12 shots, including five three-pointers, to build as large as a 26-point advantage on its way to the final 88-67 margin.
Saaka led the way for the Paladins with 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor and 7-of-8 at the foul line. Miller connected on 7-of-14 shots to total 18 points while Colin Reddick came off of the bench to score 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. Saaka and Reddick each grabbed a team-high five boards and Darryl Evans and Miller contributed six and five assists, respectively. Brandon Sebirumbi chipped in with nine points and four boards.
Furman made 15-of-23 second half field goal attempts to shoot a season-high 59.3% and hit 7-of-12 treys after intermission to finish 8-of-19 from long range. The Paladins continued their strong work at the line and on the boards by connecting on 16-of-21 foul shots and fashioning a 31-28 rebounding edge. The Paladins matched Thursday night's season-low of eight turnovers.
Senior Cameron Wells scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists to lead The Citadel. Zach Urbanus netted 12 points while sophomore Mike Groselle added 11. The Bulldogs shot 43.4% and converted on 18-of-23 trips to the charity stripe, but made only 3-of-11 three-point attempts.
Furman travels to Belk Arena to face the Davidson Wildcats on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before squaring off against Georgia Southern on January 15, in Statesboro, Ga.
Paladin fans can follow all of the action against the Wildcats and Eagles with the "Voice of the Paladins" Chuck Hussion and color commentator Ron Smith on the Furman Sports Network at WGOG-FM 96.3 and WOLT-FM 103.3. Furman basketball can also be heard through Stretch Audio at www.furmanpaladins.com.