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UNCG Holds Off Furman, 89-79

Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

Greensboro, N.C.. -- Guard Isaiah Miller scored a career-high 25 points to lead UNCG past Furman, 89-79, in Southern Conference men's basketball action Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Miller, who connected on 10-of-19 shots, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, buried back-to-back triples with under nine minutes remaining to key a 12-2 Spartan run that turned a 61-59 contest into a 73-61 margin when Kaleb Hunter drained UNCG's fourth straight trey with 5:19 to go.

UNCG (15-3, 4-1 SoCon) increased its lead to 13 points at 77-64 with 4:15 left on Miller's dunk, but Furman (15-3, 4-2 SoCon) answered with a run of its own. Forward Matt Rafferty scored eight of his team-high 22 points during a 10-2 Paladin run as Furman trimmed the deficit to 79-74 on the senior's pair of free throws with 1:27 to play.

The Spartans, however, held Furman to just two points on its next four possessions and UNCG converted on all six of its free throw tries over the final minute to hold of the Paladins.

Furman committed 21 turnovers that led to 29 Spartan points and UNCG shot 51.6% from the field, including 11-of-24 from three-point range. The Paladins shot 52.9% and made good on 10-of-18 three-point attempts.

Rafferty went 6-of-10 from the floor and 10-of-10 from the foul line to pace the Paladins. He added 10 rebounds to notch his ninth double-double of the year. Jordan Lyons and Andrew Brown each totaled three triples to score 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Francis Alonso and Eric Hamilton added 16 and 15 points, respectively, for the Spartans, while Demetrius Troy finished with 10 points.

Furman is idle until next Saturday, January 19, when it visits Spartanburg, S.C., to take on the Wofford Terriers.