Greenville, S.C. – Senior Lucas Troutman posted a game-high 23 points and seven rebounds to power the Elon Phoenix to a 78-49 victory over Furman in Southern Conference action on Monday night at Timmons Arena.
With the loss, Furman slipped to 9-19 overall and 3-12 in league play. Elon improved to 18-11 overall and upped its SoCon record to 11-3.
After Keith Belfield gave the Paladins a 10-7 lead on a three-point basket with 11:41 remaining in the opening period, Elon held Furman to just two scores over the next nine-plus minutes and scored 16 straight points as part of a 25-4 run to grab a 32-14 advantage. Austin Hamilton triggered the run with a three-point play and Troutman, who connected on 11-of-15 field goal attempts on the night, tallied eight points during the spurt as Elon took a lead it would not relinquish.
Furman ended the first half on an 8-0 run to trim the margin to 32-22, but Elon began the second period with a 10-2 spurt on the strength of six points from Troutman and never led by less than 12 points the rest of the way. The Phoenix shot 67.9% from the floor in the second half to finish at 54.2% for the game while also converting on 7-of-18 three-point attempts.
Elon outscored the Paladins 48-12 in the paint and 25-5 on points off of turnovers by forcing Furman into 15 miscues. The Phoenix finished with a 37-34 edge on the glass.
Sophomore Stephen Croone, the lone Paladin in double figures, led Furman with 13 points and five assists. It marked the 27th time in 28 games this season that Croone has reached double digit points.
The Paladins shot just 30% from the field and made only 13 of their 23 free throw attempts in the loss.
Furman concludes the regular season on Thursday night when it hosts Georgia Southern in the final regular season meeting between the schools as SoCon rivals. Tip-off at Timmons Arena is slated for 7 p.m.
Thursday's game can be heard live on WGOG FM 96.3, Fox Sports 1440 AM and through StretchAudio at www.FurmanPaladins.com. Live streaming video of the contest will also be available at FurmanPaladins.com for a subscription fee. Fans can access live updates on Twitter by following @FurmanHoops.