Jan. 16, 2010
Greenville, S.C. - Furman used a 26-6 first half run to open up a 20-point lead and held Georgia Southern to 24.6% shooting from the field as the Paladins cruised past the Eagles 69-45 in Southern Conference men's basketball action before a crowd of 2,282 on Carolina First Court at Timmons Arena Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, Furman improved to 9-8 overall and 3-3 in SoCon play. Georgia Southern, which dropped its 28th straight game away from home, fell to 4-15 overall and 1-5 in the league.
Tied 6-6 in the opening half, Jordan Miller buried a three-pointer to tally the first of 13 straight points for the Paladins who reeled off a 26-6 run to open up a 32-12 lead on Miller's layup with 4:33 left in the half. The Paladins held the Eagles to 5-of-25 shooting from the field over the opening 20 minutes and limited GSU to a Furman opponent season-low 24.6% (14-57) from the floor for the game.
Junior Amu Saaka led the way for Furman with a game-high 16 points and nine rebounds while Miller chipped in with 15 points, six boards and three assists. Darryl Evans and Justin Dehm scored nine points apiece and Chris Toler notched a career-high nine rebounds.
Furman, who made 16-of-23 free throws, shot 39.7% (23-58) from the floor and connected on 7-of-22 three-point attempts. The Paladins grabbed a season-best 54 rebounds to Georgia Southern's 32 boards.
Antonio Hanson led Georgia Southern with 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting. The Eagles connected on only 1-of-15 three-point attempts and 16-of-26 trips to the foul line.
Georgia Southern returns home to host Appalachian State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Hanner Fieldhouse. Furman travels to the College of Charleston to face the Cougars in a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday. The game will be televised live by CSS.
Live statistical updates and play-by-play of all Furman home games are available for free through GameTracker at www.furmanpaladins.com. Furman Paladins basketball can be heard live at WOLT-FM 103.3 and WGOG-FM 96.3.