Greenville, S.C. – Samford shot 60% in the second half, including connecting on 6-of-9 three-point attempts over the final 20 minutes, to erase a 10-point deficit en route to a 76-68 victory over Furman in Southern Conference men's basketball action Monday evening at Timmons Arena.
With Furman leading 41-31 following Stephen Croone's three-point play with 17:25 remaining in the game, Isaiah Williams scored five straight points to ignite an 18-3 Bulldog run to give Samford control of the game. Williams netted eight points in the spurt and the Bulldogs defense held Furman to just one field goal from the 17:25 mark to the 10:01 mark of the second half to open up a 49-44 advantage on Raijon Kelly's trey with under 11 minutes to play.
Furman stayed within three points until the final five minutes of the game when Brandon Roberts followed a Williams layup with a three-pointer to help the Bulldogs pull away extend the margin to eight points.
Kelly scored 19 points off of the bench, including 13 in the second half, to lead four Bulldogs in double figures. Williams added 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting while forward Tim Williams posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Hood drained a pair of second-half three-pointers to tally 12 points.
Samford (10-14, 4-5) shot 44.6% from the field on the night and connected on 19-of-27 trips to the foul line as the Bulldogs completed the regular season sweep of the home-and-home series. The Bulldogs managed a 39-30 edge in rebounding and committed just eight turnovers.
The lead exchanged hands 10 time in the first half before Furman carried a 31-28 lead into the break. Croone, who netted a game-high 24 points in 9-of-16 shooting, scored the first five points of the second half and tallied eight during a 10-3 run in the opening 2:35 of the second half to give the Paladins a 10-point lead.
Larry Wideman added 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting while Charlie Reddick contributed 10 points and seven rebounds. Kendrec Ferrara scored six points and added nine rebounds in the opening period, but the Bulldogs' defense held the sophomore forward to just two points and without a rebound over the final 20 minutes.
Furman shot 46% from the floor, but made only 5-of-18 three-point attempts and converted on just 17-of-28 trips to the charity stripe.
The Paladins (7-15, 1-8 SoCon) return to action on Saturday night when they travel to Belk Arena to face the Davidson Wildcats.
Saturday's game can be heard live on WGOG FM 96.3, Fox Sports 1440 AM and through StretchAudio at www.FurmanPaladins.com. Fans can access live updates on Twitter by following @FurmanHoops.