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Furman Answers Second Half Rally To Down Mount St. Mary’s, 69-60

Daniel Fowler
Daniel Fowler

Elon, N.C. -- Furman shot a season-best 51% from the field and ended the game on a 13-4 run to outlast Northeast Conference preseason favorite Mount St. Mary's, 69-60, in the consolation game of the Battle 4 Atlantis regional on Friday at Elon's Alumni Gym.

The Paladins, who snapped a three-game skid to improve to 3-3 on the season, saw the Mountaineers erase a 17-point second half deficit before Furman delivered the final run to claim victory in the first meeting between the schools.

Mount St. Mary's forced 12 second-half turnovers and used a 19-2 run to erase a 44-27 deficit and knot the contest at 46-46 on Charles Glover's layup with 10:54 to play.  BK Ashe's trey with 7:24 left gave The Mount its first lead of the night and Junior Robinson drained a three-pointer with 5:42 remaining to extend the Paladin deficit to 55-51.

Furman responded by holding Mount St. Mary's to just a single free throw over the next 5:07 as Kris Acox scored a layup and Daniel Fowler drained a three from the right corner to give the Paladins the lead with 4:20 to play.  Chris Wray brought the Mountaineers even with the only point, a free throw, for Mount St. Mary's over the five-plus minute stretch, but the Paladins got stops on the next six Mountaineer possessions while connecting on eight straight free throws to open up a 64-56 margin with 45.8 seconds to play.

Fowler answered Ashe's basket in the paint with two free throws and Acox followed Gregory Graves basket with a two-handed slam against the Mountaineer's press to put the game away.

Furman, 4-for-13 at the foul line to start the night, hit 11-of-12 free throws over the final 3:30 to seal the victory. Stephen Croone paced the Paladins with 17 points to move into 17th on Furman's career scoring ledger, while Acox added 13 points and nine rebounds.  Fowler notched a double-double with 10 points and career-high 10 boards. Freshman Matt Rafferty pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds to go with his seven points.

The Paladins connected on 17-of-31 shots in the first half to lead 40-24 at the break. Furman finished with a 43-18 rebounding edge and netted 10 second chance points on 15 offensive boards. Mount St. Mary's shot 44% and committed just 10 turnovers, but connected on just 5-of-20 three-point tries.

Graves and Ashe scored 11 points apiece to lead four Mountaineers in double figures.

Furman returns to Timmons Arena to open a four-game homestand when it hosts the Piedmont International Bruins on Tuesday, December 1, at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and can be heard on the Furman IMG Radio Network.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information