Greenville, S.C. – Senior Darryl Evans poured in a career-high 24 points and Furman buried 13 consecutive free throws down the stretch to outlast Davidson, 88-79, in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Saturday evening before a crowd of 2,782 at Timmons Arena.
With its 11th home victory of the season, Furman snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Wildcats and improved to 19-7 overall and 11-4 in the SoCon. The Paladins' 19 wins are their most since posting a 20-9 record during the 1990-91 campaign. Davidson fell to 13-13 overall and 7-8 in league play losing for the first time against Furman since a 70-66 decision on January 14, 2006, at Timmons Arena.
Furman, which converted on a season-high 32-of-46 free throws, was just 19-of-33 at the foul line before Brandon Sebirumbi's shot from the charity stripe with 2:27 remaining started a perfect 13-for-13 run that helped Furman maintain a margin of five or more points down the stretch.
Davidson held a 59-56 lead with under seven minutes left before Noah States scored in the paint and capped the three-point play at the foul line with 6:44 to play to tie the game at 59-59. Evans followed a JP Kuhlman three-point miss by notching a three-point play of his own. After Kuhlman's long range miss on the next possession, Justin Dehm extended the Furman to 65-59 by draining a three-pointer from left of the top of the key. The Wildcats briefly pulled back within four points, but Colin Reddick answered on the other end and Davidson could get no closer than five points over the final 4:41.
Evans connected on 8-of-9 field goal attempts, including 3-for-4 beyond the arc, and buried 5-of-7 free throws to finish with a game-high 24 points. Jordan Miller and States totaled 14 apiece while Amu Saaka tallied 13 points and eight boards before fouling out of the game in the final minutes. Reddick, who made 5-of-7 shots, recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Furman shot 56.8% (25-44) from the floor and connected on 6-of-13 three-point attempts. The Paladins, who shot 60% from the field in the second half, also managed a 43-32 rebounding advantage and blocked four shots.
Davidson forced Furman into 16 turnovers and scored 18 second chance points off of 15 offensive rebounds, but the Wildcats shot only 38.8%, including 7-of-24 from three-point range and 20-of-31 at the foul line.
Nik Cochran paced Davidson with 18 points with Brendan McKillop and De'Mon Brooks adding 16 each.
Furman opened up an early 21-10 lead before a 19-0 Davidson run gave the Wildcats an eight-point advantage. The Paladins outscored Davidson 16-8 over the final 3:30 of the first half to tie the contest at 37-37 at intermission.
There were 57 fouls whistled in the contest leading to a combined 77 free throw attempts.
Davidson returns to Belk Arena to host Georgia Southern on February 16. Furman opens a two-game road trip at Samford next Saturday at 5 p.m.