Statesboro, Ga. – Furman raced out to a double digit first half lead, but Georgia Southern rallied to down the Paladins, 64-57, in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Monday evening at Hanner Fieldhouse.
The loss dropped the Paladins to 12-12 overall and 6-7 in the SoCon while the Eagles climbed into sole possession of second place in the SoCon South Division by improving to 11-12 overall and 9-4 in league play.
Furman jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the opening three minutes on the strength of three-pointers from Bobby Austin and Charlie Reddick before Georgia Southern mounted a 13-0 spurt of its own to lead 13-10 on Marvin Baynham's basket with 14:55 left in the half. The Eagles extended their cushion to as many as eight points, but Austin and Jordan Loyd buried triples to send the Paladins into the locker room knotted at 34-34.
Richard Brown scored five points, including a three-pointer, during an 8-0 run early in the second half as the Paladins grabbed their first lead since the opening minutes, 44-38. Furman, however, went ice cold from the field over the final 15:30 as the Paladins went just 4-of-22 from the floor with five turnovers as the Eagles outscored the visitors 29-13 the rest of the way.
Furman managed to shoot just 36.4% from the field, including only 9-of-32 on two-point attempts for the night. The Eagles shot 50% from the floor, made 6-of-10 treys and out-rebounded the Paladins 36-30 to snap a three-game losing streak against Furman.
Austin paced Furman with 13 points while Brandon Sebirumbi added 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Jelani Hewitt led four Eagles in double figures with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Ben Drayton III scored 13 points while Eric Ferguson and Willie Powers tallied 11 points apiece.
Furman looks to return to the win column when it hosts Appalachian State on Thursday evening on YP.com Court at Timmons Arena. Tip-off versus the Mountaineers is set for 7 p.m.