Orlando, Fla. – Furman led from start to finish and held Northeastern without a field goal for a stretch of 11:49 en route to a 75-62 victory over the Huskies in the consolation game of the UCF Holiday Classic presented by EA Sports on Thursday at the UCF Arena in Orlando, Fla.
The win, Furman's sixth in its last seven outings, improved the Paladins to 9-3 on the season as they claimed their fifth victory away from Timmons Arena. Northeastern slipped to 4-8 on the campaign.
Furman raced out to a 9-2 lead behind five points from Brandon Sebirumbi and a three-pointer from Darryl Evans. The Huskies fought back to knot the game on two occasions before the Paladins reeled off a 16-2 run to help them carry a 37-25 advantage into intermission. Tied at 21-21, Jordan Miller scored eight of his 10 consecutive points to start the spurt and Evans capped the run with his second trey of the first half as the Paladins fashioned a 37-23 lead.
Jonathan Lee scored with 55 seconds left in the period to trim the Furman lead to 12 points, but the Paladins held the Huskies without a field goal until 9:06 left in the game while building a 55-34 lead. Furman limited the Huskies to just 34.6% from the field over the final 20 minutes and 38.8% (19-49) shooting for the game.
Miller paced the Paladins with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, including 4-for-6 beyond the arc. Sebirumbi scored 13 points while Amu Saaka added 10 points and eight rebounds. Evans, Justin Dehm and Noah States each scored eight points apiece. States contributed eight rebounds while Colin Reddick pulled down seven boards.
Furman, which shot 44.4% for the game, converted on 52% (13-25) of its second half field goal attempts and buried 8-of-18 three-point attempts on the night. The Paladins managed a 42-25 advantage in rebounding leading to a 27-6 edge in second chance points for Furman.
Lee led Northeastern with 16 points on the strength of an 8-for-8 performance at the foul line while Smith scored 13 points off of the bench. The Huskies made good on 21-of-25 trips to the foul line, but made only 3-of-16 three-pointers.
Furman returns to action on Monday when it wraps up non-conference play with a 7 p.m. contest against NAIA member UVa-Wise at Timmons Arena.
Paladin fans can follow all of Monday's action versus the Cavs with the "Voice of the Paladins" Chuck Hussion on the Furman Sports Network at WGOG-FM 96.3 and WOLT-FM 103.3. Furman basketball can also be heard through Stretch Audio at www.furmanpaladins.com.