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Spartans Rally To Edge Furman On Baldwin’s Basket With 3.9 Seconds Left, 67-66

Stephen Croone
Stephen Croone

Greensboro, N.C. -- UNCG's Diante Baldwin scored with 3.9 seconds remaining to lift the Spartans to a 67-66 victory over Furman in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Tuesday night at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Spartans (5-10, 1-1 SoCon) held Furman scoreless for the final 3:08 and without a basket for the final 4:28 to erase a six-point Paladin lead. Baldwin connected on two free throws with 1:40 left to cut the margin to 66-63 and followed a John Davis III miss with a jumper to trim the Furman advantage to 66-65 with 1:01 to play.

On the Paladins next possession, Stephen Croone fired a three from the wing that bounced off the back iron. UNCG ran down the clock and called timeout with 10.6 to play. Baldwin took the ball down the left side of the lane from the top of the key, drew contact from Croone and launched a floater that bounced off the rim twice before dropping through with 3.9 seconds to play.  Croone to the inbounds and raced down court, but his desperation three-pointer from the top of the key came up short as the horn sounded.

RJ White led the Spartans with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while fellow forward Kayel Locke added 15 points. Demetrius Troy and Baldwin rounded out UNCG's double figure scorers with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Croone hit on 5-of-11 three-point tries and 10-of-12 trips to the foul line to pace the Paladins with a season-high 27 points. Daniel Fowler added seven points, while Kris Acox contributed six points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

The Spartans built an eight-point first half lead, but Furman connected on eight first half three-pointers and got 17 points from Croone to pull even at 39-39 at intermission. The game was tied six times in the second half before Furman jumped in front with under five minutes to go. Davis III scored on a drive to the basket with 4:29 left and Croone knocked down a pair of free throws with 3:08 to go, but the Paladins were outscored 7-0 over the final three minutes.

UNCG shot 42% from the field and made good on 18-of-23 trips to the charity stripe.

Furman (7-8, 1-1 SoCon) shot just 34.5%, but the Paladins hit 11-of-27 treys, managed a 34-30 edge on the glass and scored 14 second chance points.

The Paladins return home to host Chattanooga at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Samford next Monday at 6 p.m.  The Chattanooga game will air live on Fox Sports Southeast with the Samford contest set for an ESPN3 broadcast. Both game can be heard on the Furman IMG Radio Network at WGOG 101.7FM and FoxSports 1440AM, as well as, on your mobile device through the TuneIn Radio app. Links for the video stream, radio broadcast and live statistics will be posted at

Tickets for both games can be purchased at or by visiting the Timmons Arena Box Office.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information