Cullowhee, N.C. – Charlie Reddick drained a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to lift Furman to a 58-55 victory over Western Carolina in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Ramsey Center.
After Trey Sumler knotted the game at 55-55 on a driving layup with 8.9 seconds remaining, Furman got the ball into the front court and called timeout with 4.5 seconds to play. Bobby Austin delivered the inbounds pass to Reddick who turned and buried a 23-foot trey, his only field goal of the afternoon, to snap Furman's five-game skid versus Western Carolina and four-game losing streak in Cullowhee.
The victory improved Furman to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in SoCon play while Western Carolina dipped to 8-10 overall and 3-3 inside the league.
Furman built a 32-19 first half lead, but committed 15 second half turnovers, including miscues on each of its first five possessions of the second half as Western Carolina rallied. The Catamounts tied the game for the first time at 47-47 with 4:56 remaining. Furman regained the lead and stretch its advantage to 54-50 with 25 seconds to play after Austin hit 1-of-2 free throws and Bryson Barnes drained a pair at the line.
Keaton Cole answered for the Catamounts with a three-pointer that bounced high off of the rim before dropping through with 21 seconds left to trim the Paladin lead to 54-53. Barnes responded by hitting the first of two free throws, but after a miss on the second attempt, Sumler went coast-to-coast to tie the game with under nine second left. Following the Furman timeout, Reddick set a screen on the inbounds play before rolling free and receiving the pass before burying the game-clinching triple.
Reddick, who scored six points, finished just 1-for-12 from the field and 1-for-8 from three-point range. Senior Brandon Sebirumbi, who poured in 13 first-half points to stake the Paladins to a halftime lead, paced Furman with 19 points and nine rebounds. The Fort Worth, Texas, native connected on 4-of-6 field goal attempts and 11-of-15 trips to the foul line. Jordan Loyd, making his first career start in place of an injured Richard Brown, tallied a career-best 10 points.
The Paladins shot 43.2% from the field, including 57% in the second half on 8-of-14 shooting. Furman managed a 30-23 edge on the boards and grabbed nine offensive rebounds to fashion a 14-7 advantage on second-chance points. Western Carolina forced the Paladins into 21 turnovers, but Furman offset the miscues with a season-best 10 steals.
Sumler led Western Carolina with 18 points while Harouna Mutombo chipped in with 11 points before fouling out. The Catamounts shot just 39.5% from the floor, including 6-of-18 shooting from beyond the arc.
Furman returns home on Thursday when it hosts SoCon South Division foe Georgia Southern at 7 p.m. on YP.com Court at Timmons Arena.