Greenville, S.C. – Senior Andrew Goudelock scored 31 points, including six in the final 41 seconds, to lift College of Charleston over Furman, 76-72, in Southern Conference men's basketball action before a crowd 2,078 Thursday evening at Timmons Arena.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 10-5 overall and remained perfect at 3-0 in SoCon play. Furman dropped to 10-4 overall and 2-1 in the league as Charleston handed the Paladins their first home loss in six games this season at Timmons Arena.
After Furman's Amu Saaka knotted the game at 70-70 on a layup with 2:40 to play, the Paladins came up with stops on the Cougars' next two possessions despite Charleston earning second chances on offensive rebounds each time. Antwaine Wiggins, however, rejected Saaka's driving layup on one Paladin possession and Darryl Evans could not connect on Furman's next trip.
Goudelock made the Paladins pay by shaking loose from his defender and draining a 14-foot jumper from the right elbow with 41 seconds left to put Charleston ahead 72-70. After Saaka missed a trey, Goudelock converted on two trips to the foul line to stretch the CofC advantage to four points.
Saaka again failed to connect from long range, but Goudelock missed the front end of a one-and-one with eight seconds to play. Evans went coast-to-coast for a layup to pull Furman within two once again before Goudelock drained another pair of free throws with 2.5 seconds left to seal the verdict.
Goudelock connected on 10-of-19 field goals and 9-of-11 free throws while adding six rebounds and eight assists for the Cougars who shot a blistering 55.8% (29-52) from the floor. Willis Hall and Donavan Monroe joined Goudelock in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Hall grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to help Charleston to a 32-27 edge on the glass.
Saaka netted a season-high 27 points on 10-of-23 shooting to pace the Paladins and Justin Dehm added 12 points on the strength of a 4-for-4 night beyond the arc. Furman shot 44.4% from the floor, including 7-of-22 from three-point range, and 9-of-11 at the foul line.
Charleston shot 60% in the first half to carry a 38-37 lead into intermission. The lead changed hands six times in the first 10 minutes of the second half before CofC used a 7-0 spurt to grab a 61-55 lead on David Lawrence's trey with 8:30 left. Furman trimmed the lead to one point on four occasions before tying the game at 70-70, but never regained the lead.
The loss was Furman's sixth straight defeat against College of Charleston and 24th in the last 27 meetings between the schools.
Furman returns to action when it caps a three-game homestand by hosting The Citadel on Saturday at 4 p.m. Paladin fans can follow all of the action versus the Bulldogs with the "Voice of the Paladins" Chuck Hussion and color commentator Ron Smith 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.
Tickets for Saturday's game are available at the Timmons Arena Box Office and online at www.FurmanPaladins.com. The All-Inclusive Ticket, "IT", costs $12 for a lower level reserved seat and $8 for an upper level general admission seat. The ticket entitles fans to unlimited trips to the Timmons Arena concession stands for hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and sodas.