Greensboro, N.C. – Jordan Miller poured in 26 points and Noah States netted a career-high 20 as Furman topped UNC Greensboro 81-68 in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Monday evening at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The win improved Furman to 5-2 overall and gave the Paladins their first 2-0 start in SoCon play since the 1990-91 campaign. It also marked the first triumph for Furman in Greensboro in nine tries against the Spartans. UNCG fell to 0-7 overall and 0-2 in the league.
The Spartans had their largest lead of the night, a 24-21 advantage with under three minutes left to play in the first half, when Brandon Sebirumbi's layup triggered the key run of the game. Furman scored the final 11 points of the half, including seven in the spurt from Miller, to lead 32-24 at intermission, and the Paladins opened the second half with seven consecutive points to finish off an 18-0 run that gave head coach Jeff Jackson's club a 39-25 edge with under 18 minutes remaining.
UNCG trimmed the margin back to 10 at 42-32, but Furman would maintain the double digit lead the rest of the way, eventually building its cushion to as many as 19 points when Miller's layup pushed the advantage to 66-47 with under seven minutes left. Furman, which shot 48.1% from the floor, shot 63% in the second half on the strength of 6-for-9 shooting behind the three-point line.
Miller converted on 6-of-10 shots and 11-of-12 trips to the foul line for his season-high while States also hit 6-of-10 from the floor and 4-for-4 at the charity stripe. Sebirumbi joined the senior pair in double figures with 11 points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field and a 5-for-6 effort at the line. Colin Reddick came off of the bench to contribute nine points, four rebounds and two assists.
Furman finished 25-of-52 from the field, including 9-of-17 from three-point range, and 22-of-27 at the foul line. The Paladins, who committed nine first half turnovers, finished with just 13 miscues on the night while converting 16 UNCG turnovers into 20 points.
Brandon Evans scored 16 points to lead four Spartans in double figures. Kyle Randall added 11 while Aloysius Henry and Brian Cole scored 10 apiece. Henry snatched seven rebounds to help UNCG manage a 34-31 rebounding edge. The Spartans shot 42.4% from the field, but made just 4-of-11 treys. They converted on 14-of-18 trips to the foul line.
Furman returns to non-conference play when it visits Middle Tennessee State at 4 p.m. on December 12. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.