Charleston, S.C. – Andrew Goudelock scored 29 points and Donavan Monroe added 17 to lift College of Charleston over Furman, 73-54, in Southern Conference men's basketball action before a crowd of 5,081 on Saturday afternoon at the Carolina First Arena.
With the loss, Furman slipped to 17-7 overall and fell to 9-4 in SoCon play. College of Charleston tightened its grip on the SoCon South Division lead by improving to 17-7 overall and 10-2 in the league while extending its winning streak to six against the Paladins. The loss also dropped Furman to 0-13 on the Cougars' home floor since College of Charleston entered the SoCon.
The Cougars, who led wire-to-wire, raced out to a 14-3 in the first four and a half minutes behind five points apiece from Goudelock and Monroe. The Paladins trimmed the margin to as few as six points and trailed just 28-20 with under six minutes to play in the first half, but Monroe netted three straight baskets and Goudelock capped another 14-3 run with the final six points of the half to give the Cougars a 40-23 lead at intermission.
Furman got the margin back down to 15 early in the second half, but Charleston used a 57.1% shooting effort from the floor over the final 20 minutes to extend its lead to as many as 28 points before settling for the 19-point victory.
CofC shot 56.9% (29-51) from the field, the highest percentage by a Paladin opponent this season. Goudelock hit 12-of-22 shots, including 4-of-9 beyond the arc, while fellow senior Monroe connected on 7-of-12 shots to combine for 46 points. Freshman Trent Wiedeman, playing in place of senior Jeremy Simmons who was forced to the bench with a blood clot, scored 11 points and added seven rebounds.
The Cougars outrebounded Furman 32-28 and scored 17 points off of 10 offensive boards.
Amu Saaka, 6-of-12 from the floor, paced Furman with 18 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Colin Reddick added 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting. The Paladins converted just 39% of their chances from the field and connected on only 4-of-15 three-point attempts.
The 19-point decision gave Charleston a regular season sweep of the Paladins.
Furman returns home to host Georgia Southern on Thursday night at Timmons Arena. Tip-off against the Eagles is set for 7 p.m.
Paladin fans can follow all of the action versus the Eagles 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.