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Austin, Brown Help Furman Hold Off Jacksonville, 85-79

Bobby Austin
Bobby Austin

Greenville, S.C. – Three players netted 16 points apiece to help Furman hold off Jacksonville, 85-79, in non-conference basketball action Sunday afternoon on YP.com Court at Timmons Arena.

With the victory, Furman's second straight and 15th in its last 18 home games, the Paladins improved to 5-4 on the season.  Jacksonville dropped its fourth straight game to fall to 2-6.

Bobby Austin and Richard Brown both posted career-highs with 16 points while Charlie Reddick drained four three-pointers to total 16 points as the Paladins built a 16-point second half lead and held off a Dolphin rally in the final minutes.

After Furman led 36-33 at the intermission, Colin Reddick opened the second half with a three-point play and Glenn Powell answered for Jacksonville with a three-point play of his own to trim Furman's lead to 39-36 before the Paladins reeled off 12 straight points to open up a 51-36 lead on Charlie Reddick's triple with 14:49 remaining.  

Furman maintained a 76-65 lead with 1:21 left when Admir Sahbegovic made a free throw for the Dolphins before scoring a basket and completing a three-point play at the foul line with 1:05 to play after Russell Powell's offensive board off a missed free throw.  After Austin extended Furman's lead back to 78-69 with a pair of free throws with 1:02 left, Keith McDougald buried a trey to trim the Paladin lead to just 78-72 with under 50 seconds left.

Furman converted on just 1-of-2 trips to the charity stripe on each of its next two possessions and Jacksonville followed with a layup both times to cut the lead to 80-76 with 20 seconds to play.  Bryant Irwin was fouled on the inbounds and drained two free throws, but Aloys Cabell answered with a triple to shrink the Furman lead to 82-79 with under 15 seconds left.  Brown, however, made 1-of-2 free throws after being fouled on the inbounds pass and Austin followed with a pair from the foul line on the next possession for the final 85-79 margin.

Jacksonville shot 48.4% from the floor and converted on 14-of-22 trips to the foul line while out-rebounding the Paladins 38-28, but Furman buried 8-of-23 three-point attempts and made good on 27-of-33 trips to the charity stripe to knot the series with the Dolphins at 7-7.  Furman shot 46.3% from the field and turned 21 Jacksonville turnovers into 26 points while also blocking six shots on the night.

Reddick went 6-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-8 beyond the arc, and added a game-high three blocked shots.  Austin, 9-of-10 at the foul line, added a career-best six assists.

McDougald paced the Dolphins with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting while Glenn Powell and Delwan Graham added 15 and 13 points, respectively.

The Paladins close out the calendar year with a four-game road swing that begins on Saturday, December 17, at Western Kentucky.  The contest between the Paladins and Hilltoppers will be televised live by Fox College Sports and can be seen on DirecTV channel 623.

Furman fans can follow all the action of Saturday's game with play-by-play voice Dan Scott and color commentator Ron Smith on WOLT-FM 103.3, WGOG-FM 96.3 and through Stretch Audio at www.FurmanPaladins.com.