Greenville, S.C. -- Senior Amu Saaka scored 19 points to lead three Paladins in double figures as Furman defeated NCAA Division III Emory University 74-49 in exhibition men's basketball action on Friday night at Timmons Arena.
Saaka, a preseason All-Southern Conference pick, connected on 7-of-14 field goal attempts and added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals as the Paladins pulled away from the Eagles in the second half in their only preseason tune-up. Fellow seniors Jordan Miller and Noah States contributed 10 points apiece while redshirt freshman Charlie Reddick notched eight points and eight rebounds. His twin brother Colin Reddick added nine boards and four blocked shots as Furman swatted nine shots on the night.
Furman, who trailed by as many as 10 points in the opening 10 minutes, led 30-27 at halftime and put the game out of reach by opening the second period on a 27-7 run. Saaka scored seven points during the 13-minute run and the Paladin defense limited the Eagles to just 9-of-35 shooting from the floor over the final 20 minutes.
The Paladins shot 48.1% (26-54) from the field, including 7-of-20 beyond the arc, and connected on 15-of-20 trips to the foul line. Furman outscored Emory 32-24 in the paint and held a 38-33 edge on the boards against the smaller Eagles that led to 18 second chance points on 12 offensive rebounds.
Emory used an 11-1 run to take an early 15-5 lead with 11:51 to play in the opening period, but the Paladins capped the first half on a 13-2 spurt to carry a three-point cushion into intermission.
The Eagles, who shot 33.9% (20-59) from the floor, made 6-of-22 three-point attempts and 3-of-7 free throws. Jake Davis paced Emory with 12 points and seven rebounds while Austin Claunch added 11 points and four assists.
Furman opens its regular season on Friday, November 12, when the Paladins host North Greenville University at Timmons Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.