Greenville, S.C. – College of Charleston forced Furman into a season-high 23 turnovers and used a 15-0 second half run to race past the Paladins, 66-43, in Southern Conference men's basketball action before a crowd of 2,101 on Saturday afternoon on YP.com Court at Timmons Arena.
The Cougars, who improved to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in the SoCon, held Furman to a season-low points total and just 29.6% shooting from the field while turning the Paladins' rash of turnovers into 27 points. Furman dropped its ninth straight game against the Cougars while slipping to 7-8 overall and 1-3 in league play.
The Paladins trailed just 38-34 after Bryant Irwin drained a trey with 10:33 remaining, but the Cougars reeled off 15 straight points, including seven from Matt Sundberg, to open up a 53-34 advantage on Antwaine Wiggins basket with 6:29 to play. The run helped Charleston outscore the Paladins 28-9 over the final 10:14 and pull away for its 28th victory in its last 31 contests versus Furman.
After Furman managed a quick 6-5 lead in the opening minutes of the first half, the Cougars fashioned a 14-2 spurt behind four consecutive baskets from guard Anthony Stitt to pull in front for good and hold a 19-8 edge. The Paladins trimmed the margin to 30-22 at the break and got the deficit inside five points on several occasions before the Cougars held Furman scoreless for over four minutes and limited them to only three made field goals over the final 10:30 of the game.
Charleston shot 51.1% from the floor despite making only 3-of-15 three-point attempts. Freshman Adjehi Baru and Stitt led the Cougars with 14 points apiece while Wiggins added 10 points and recorded three of CofC's 12 steals.
Charlie Reddick paced the Paladins with 11 points and twin brother Colin Reddick grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Furman connected on just 16-of-54 field goal attempts, including only 4-of-22 from three-point range, and was outscored 30-18 in the paint. The Paladins out-rebounded Charleston 44-30, but managed just a 9-7 edge in second chance points despite 19 offensive rebounds.
Furman returns to action on Thursday when it travels to Boone, N.C., to face Appalachian State at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com. Charleston returns home to host UNC Greensboro on Thursday evening.