Greenville, S.C. – Sophomore Charlie Reddick poured in a career-high 23 points to lead Furman past NAIA member UVA-Wise, 86-66, in non-conference men's basketball action on Tuesday night at Timmons Arena.
Furman's victory snapped a three-game losing streak and improved the Paladins to 4-4 on the season. The Cavaliers slipped to 3-7.
Leading 23-21, Furman used a 19-4 run over the final 5:30 of the first half to take control of the game and carry a 42-27 advantage into the locker room. Bryant Irwin drained a three-pointer to start the run, and point guard Richard Brown capped the spurt with a three-point play after going coast-to-coast for a layup and converting at the foul line.
Bobby Austin buried a pair of triples during a 20-4 run midway through the second half to help the Paladins turn a 55-40 lead into a 75-44 margin, the largest of the contest, with 7:33 remaining.
Reddick connected on 9-of-15 field goal attempts, including 5-of-9 beyond the arc, while also grabbing five rebounds. His twin brother, Colin Reddick, also reached double figures with 10 points. Irwin tallied nine points and shared game-high rebounding honors with Jordan Loyd as both players totaled nine boards apiece.
The Paladins shot a season-best 47.9% from the field, including 10-of-29 from three-point range, and dominated the boards with a 46-22 rebounding margin. Furman committed just eight turnovers and used 23 offensive rebounds to outscore the Cavaliers 28-5 on second chance points.
Forward Josh Jordan led three UVA-Wise players in double figures with 22 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Jermaine Wright tallied 21 points and Travis Berry added 19 for the Cavaliers, who shot 50% from the floor.
Furman, which has posted a 14-3 record on YP.com Court at Timmons Arena since the beginning of the 2010-11 campaign, host the Jacksonville University Dolphins of the Atlantic Sun Conference on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
Fans can purchase tickets for Sunday's game at the Timmons Arena Box Office or by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com. All tickets to Furman men's basketball home games are "all-inclusive" and include free concessions.