Austin, Furman Shoot Past Presbyterian, 81-57
Greenville, S.C. – Senior Bobby Austin poured in a career-high 20 points to lead four Paladins in double figures as Furman pulled away from Presbyterian to snap a three-game skid with an 81-57 victory over the Blue Hose Sunday afternoon on YP.com Court at Timmons Arena.
Austin, who had tallied just 24 total points in Furman's first seven games of 2012-13, drained 6-of-11 three-point attempts to help Furman record 15 treys, its third most in school history.
"I just tried to come out and play hard and stay positive," said Austin, of his career-high night. "I wasn't too worried about scoring or anything like that, but just wanted to play with energy like Coach Jackson was asking everyone to do."
Leading just 26-23 at the intermission, Furman buried 12 second half treys to tally 55 points after the break and score its largest margin of victory since a 77-45 victory over The Citadel at Timmons Arena on January 5, 2012.
After Presbyterian trimmed the lead to 32-30 early in the second period, a 7-0 run, highlighted by a two-handed jam from Kendrec Ferrara, helped Furman open up a 39-30 lead with 16 minutes to play. Joshua Clyburn's layup with 9:27 remaining once again pulled PC within nine at 51-42, but Furman connected on eight three-pointers over the final 9:18 to outscore the Blue Hose 30-15 the rest of the way.
Clyburn paced Presbyterian with a career-high 20 points and seven rebounds while Khalid Mutakabbir added 15 points on 7-for-17 shooting.
Furman (3-5) raced out to an 11-2 lead in the first half and did not allow PC its second field goal until the 11:44 mark. The Paladins stretched their advantage to 12 points at 16-4 before PC used a 19-10 run to end the half and cut the Furman lead to three points at the break.
Colin and Charlie Reddick each grabbed eight rebounds as Furman out-rebounded the Blue Hose 40-26 and tallied 21 points off 13 PC turnovers. Furman, who committed only 12 turnovers after totaling 64 miscues in its previous three games, shot 48.4% from the floor, including 15-of-32 from three-point range. The Paladins' 15 treys were its most since draining 15 versus Samford during the 2010-11 campaign.
Presbyterian (1-7) shot 44.6% from the field, but the Blue Hose connected on just 4-of-13 long range attempts and 3-of-7 free throw attempts.
Furman begins a five-game road trip on Saturday night when it travels to face the Auburn Tigers in Auburn, Ala. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET.
All Furman men's basketball games during the 2012-13 season will be aired live on 103.3 WOLT-FM and 96.3 WGOG-FM. Each game will also be streamed live thru Stretch Audio at www.FurmanPaladins.com. Dan Scott will provide play-by-play with former Paladin guard Ron Smith handling color commentator duties.
Fans can follow live statistics of the game by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com.