Greenville, S.C. – Cameron Rundles scored 17 points and Tim Johnson added 11 points and 10 rebounds to help Wofford down Furman, 79-65, in the regular season finale for both teams before a sold out crowd of 2,802 on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.
The win gave Wofford (18-12, 14-4 SoCon) a share of first place in the SoCon South Division, the No. 2 seed and a first round bye in next weekend's Southern Conference Men's Basketball Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. Furman, with just its second home loss of the season, slipped to 20-9 overall and 12-6 in league play. The Paladins will enter the SoCon Tournament as the No. 3 seed from the South Division and face Samford on Friday at McKenzie Arena with tip-off set for 7 p.m.
The Paladins held a 24-23 lead with 6:30 left in the first half, but Wofford ended the period on a 13-4 run, including scoring the final six points of the half, to take a 36-28 advantage into intermission. Rundles extended the run to 9-0 and gave Wofford a 39-28 lead early in the second half before Furman trimmed the margin back to eight points.
Wofford put the game out of reach by answering a pair of Furman buckets with a 10-0 spurt of its own. Terry Martin scored and completed the three-point play at the foul line, Brad Loesing drained a trey and Johnson converted on back-to-back trips into the paint to up the Terriers' lead to 51-35 with 15:06 left. Furman was unable to get closer than 13 points the rest of the way as Wofford shot 57% in the second half and hit 6-of-8 second half three-point attempts.
Rundles, 6-of-12 from the floor, paced Wofford with 17 points. Johnson connected on 4-of-7 shots from the field to register a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards while Noah Dahlman and Loesing each totaled 10 points.
Wofford, who dominated on the glass with a 35-23 rebounding margin, shot 50% from the floor, including 10-for-15 from three-point range. The Terriers committed just seven turnovers and scored 19 points off of just eight Furman turnovers.
Darryl Evans' 14 points led three Paladins in double figures. Brandon Sebirumbi scored 13 points and sophomore Colin Reddick contributed 10 points and six rebounds. The Paladins hit 24-of-30 free throws to outscore Wofford 24-11 at the foul line, but shot just 46% from the field, including making just 3-of-8 treys.
The loss dropped Furman to 11-2 at home this season and marked the first time all year that the Paladins have lost back-to-back games.
Friday's Furman versus Samford winner will advance to the SoCon Tournament quarterfinals to face Chattanooga on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Paladin fans can follow all of the action at the SoCon Tournament 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.
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