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The Citadel Outlasts Cold-Shooting Paladins, 62-56

Daniel Fowler
Daniel Fowler

Greenville, S.C. -- The Citadel held Furman to 37.7% shooting and Ashton Moore totaled 20 points as the Bulldogs escaped Timmons Arena with a 62-56 overtime victory over the Paladins in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Thursday night.

Furman's Stephen Croone hit a driving layup with 25.5 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, but The Citadel scored the first seven points of the extra period to hold off the Paladins and improve to 10-16 overall and 5-10 in the SoCon.  With The Citadel leading 48-46, Croone split two defenders to bank in a layup and draw a foul.  Croone's potential go-ahead free throw attempt missed and the Bulldogs failed on two attempts to grab the win in regulation.

In the overtime period, Furman missed the front end of a one-and-one on its first possession before Moore found P.J. Horgan for the go-ahead layup.  Moore registered a steal and scored on a breakaway to up The Citadel lead to 52-48 and then drained a three on the Bulldogs' next possession to up the margin to 55-48 with 2:43 left.  The Citadel managed to connect on 5-of-8 free throws in the final 2:30 to secure the win and regular season split between the rivals.

Moore made 7-of-13 field goal attempts to finish with 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals, while Horgan buried 6-of-8 shots to add 15 points.  The Citadel shot 56.8% from the floor and compiled a 31-26 edge on the glass.

Croone, who moved into 24th on Furman's career scoring list, paced the Paladins with 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting.  Freshman Daniel Fowler added 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Furman made just 20-of-53 field goal attempts, including only 8-of-28 beyond the arc.  The Paladins were just 8-of-16 at the foul line.

The Paladins rallied from a five-point deficit early in the second half to claim a four-point lead after holding the Bulldogs without a field goal for over six minutes.  The Citadel answered by holding Furman without a basket for over five minutes and the Bulldogs held a 46-42 lead with three minutes left in regulation.  Furman held the visitors to just one basket during the rest of regulation to force overtime.

UNCG will play host to Furman in the Paladins' final road contest of the regular season on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Greensboro, N.C.  The game will be televised on the American Sports Network (ASN) and available on WMYA My-40 in the Upstate.

Saturday's game can also be heard live on the Furman IMG Sports Network on flagship station WGOG 96.3 FM and Fox Sports 1440 AM with play-by-play voice Dan Scott.  The audio broadcast will be available by logging onto  Links for the broadcast and live statistics will be available at

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information