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Furman Halts UNC Greensboro’s Seven-Game Winning Streak, 93-85

Brandon Sebirumbi
Brandon Sebirumbi

Greenville, S.C. – Six Paladins scored in double figures and three matched or established new career-highs as Furman halted UNC Greensboro's seven-game winning streak, 93-85, in Southern Conference men's basketball action Saturday afternoon on Court at Timmons Arena.

The Paladins improved to 12-11 overall and 6-6 in SoCon play while tallying their most points against an NCAA Division I foe since a 98-87 victory over High Point on December 20, 2003.  UNCG, which lost for the first time since January 5, fell to 9-15 overall and 7-5 in conference play.

The game included 56 personal fouls, two technical fouls and a combined 78 free throw attempts by the Paladins and Spartans.  Furman converted on 37-of-47 trips to the charity stripe to notch its most points at the foul line since make 37-of-48 in a 105-94 victory over The Citadel at the 1979 SoCon Tournament.

With the game knotted at 25-25, Dominic Early and Bryant Irwin drained back-to-back triples and Brandon Sebirumbi converted on a foul shot to give the Paladins a 32-25 lead on a 7-0 run.  The Paladins upped the lead to 11 before settling for a 39-30 halftime advantage.

Three-pointers from Jordan Loyd and Bobby Austin keyed another 7-0 spurt for the Paladins early in the second half to extend the margin to 47-33 with 17:01 to play, but UNCG answered with a 15-6 run, capped by Aloysius Henry's alley-oop slam with 12:06 remaining, to trim the lead to 53-48.  A 10-2 Furman run was countered by a 9-0 Spartan outburst that left the Paladins in front 63-59 with under eight minutes to go.

In the final eight minutes, Furman connected on 24-of-28 free throws and Brown and Loyd buried key triples to keep Furman in front as the Paladins held on to improve to 8-1 all-time against the Spartans in Greenville.

Sebirumbi and Brown led the way for Furman by matching their career-highs with 20 and 16 points, respectively.  Sebirumbi made 6-of-8 shots from the field and 8-of-12 at the foul line while Brown finished 3-for-6 from the floor and 9-of-10 at the charity stripe in his first action since January 21.  Irwin netted 12 points and Loyd and Austin tallied 11 apiece.  Charlie Reddick added 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals while connecting on 10-of-13 free throw attempts.

The Paladins shot 45.1% from the floor, including connecting on 10-of-19 three-point attempts.  Furman was out-rebounded 40-32, but forced the Spartans into 18 turnovers which the Paladins converted into 24 points.

Trevis Simpson led the way for UNCG with 28 points on 9-of-21 shooting while Derrell Armstrong came off of the bench to net 24 points.  Henry added 13 points to give the Spartans three players in double figures.

UNCG shot just 41.9% from the line and 6-of-21 from three-point range, but kept the game in reach by making 27-of-31 free throw attempts, including 19-of-21 in the second half.

Furman returns to SoCon South Division play on Monday when it travel to face Georgia Southern at Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro, Ga.  Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.  UNCG is idle until a February 9, trip to Samford.