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Furman Shoots Past Western Carolina, 80-66

Richard Brown
Richard Brown

Greenville, S.C. – Sophomore Charlie Reddick poured in 16 points to lead three Paladins in double figures as Furman cruised past Western Carolina, 80-66, in Southern Conference men's basketball action before a crowd of 2,584 on Saturday afternoon on Court at Timmons Arena.

With the victory, Furman completed the season sweep of the Catamounts and improved to 13-13 overall and 7-8 in conference play.  Western Carolina fell to 10-17 overall and 4-10 in the SoCon.

Furman shot 58.3% in the first half to build a 38-24 lead at intermission and increased its cushion to 27 points in the second half before the Catamounts put together a late run.  Jordan Loyd, Charlie Reddick and Bryant Irwin each drained a triple to key a 13-0 Paladin run to open the second half and put Furman ahead 51-24 with 15:38 to play.  The Paladins maintained a 60-37 advantage with under 10 minutes remaining when Harouna Mutombo scored nine points in a 20-4 Catamount run to trim the Furman lead to 64-57 on the senior's driving layup with 4:42 left.

Senior Brandon Sebirumbi scored in the paint on an assist from Richard Brown on the next possession, grabbed a rebound off of a Western Carolina miss and converted on a pair of free throws on the other end with 3:36 to play to push the Paladin lead to 68-57.  Brown then scored eight points over the final three minutes to increase the Furman lead to 80-62 before the Paladins settled for the 14-point victory.

Reddick netted his game-high 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.  Irwin drained four treys to finish with 14 points while Bobby Austin tallied 12 points and a team-high five rebounds.

Furman shot 54% (27-50) from the floor, buried 11-of-20 three-point attempts and converted on 15-of-21 trips to the foul line to claim their eighth home victory of the season.  Western Carolina out-rebounded the Paladins 35-32, held a 38-28 edge in points in the paint and totaled 17 second chance points, but Furman's bench outscored the visitors 35-13.

Tawaski King made all six of his field goal attempts and both free throw attempts to post a team-high 14 points and six boards for Western Carolina.  Mutombo scored 13 points and Brandon Boggs added 12 while Trey Sumler and Ishmael Hollis tallied 10 points apiece.  The Catamounts shot just 41.3% and made only 2-of-18 three-pointers.

Western Carolina will hosts The Citadel on Thursday night in Cullowhee, N.C.  Furman returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Birmingham, Ala., to face the Samford Bulldogs at 5 p.m.