Greensboro, N.C. – Furman overcame a 12-point second half deficit to down UNCG, 69-61, and score its first road victory of the season in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Sunday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The win improved the Paladins to 5-12 overall and 2-4 in the conference while ending an 11-game road skid. UNCG slipped to 4-13 overall and 2-4 in SoCon play.
Trailing 32-22 at the half, Furman shot 58..3% from the field and buried 5-of-6 three-point attempts in the second half to outscore UNCG 47-29 over the final 20 minutes to claim its first road win since a 67-58 victory at The Citadel on January 28, 2012. Bobby Austin, who had scored all of his team-high 19 points versus Elon on Thursday in the second half, caught fire after the break once more by scoring all of his team-high 13 in the final period to key the Paladin win.
Austin hit a pair of threes as Furman used an 11-0 run to trim the Spartan lead to 34-33 with 16 minutes to play. UNCG pushed its advantage back to 46-39 before Furman reeled off a 19-4 run and held the Spartans to just two field goals over a 7:30 stretch to claim a 58-50 lead. Larry Wideman began the spurt with a pair of jumpers, Austin buried a trey and Colin Reddick capped the run with a pair of free throws with 4:01 to play. UNCG trimmed the lead back to four points with 50 seconds left, but Wideman and Charlie Reddick combined to convert on four consecutive free throws to end the rally.
Furman shot 44.7% from the floor and a season-high 57.1% (8-14) from behind the arc while also connecting on 19-of-26 trips to the foul line. The Paladins registered nine steals and fashioned a 37-36 edge on the boards to overcome 18 turnovers.
Austin hit 5-of-11 shots, including 3-for-3 from long range, to score his team-high 13 points. Freshmen Stephen Croone and Wideman delivered 12 points apiece while twin brothers Charlie and Colin Reddick each scored 10 points. Colin Reddick also grabbed 11 rebounds to notch his first double-double of the season. Freshman Kendrec Ferrara added a career-high 12 rebounds to pace the Paladins.
UNCG used an 8-0 run midway through the first half to gain the lead and upped its margin to 13 points before carrying a 10-point lead into the break. The Spartans shot just 36.5% from the field for the game and made only 4-of-16 three-point attempts.
Nicholas Paulos, 4-of-7 from three-point range, and Derrell Armstrong paced UNCG with 16 points apiece while the SoCon's leading scorer, Trevis Simpson, fouled out with 10 points.
The Paladins are back in action on Thursday when they visit Spartanburg, S.C., in search of a season sweep of the Wofford Terriers. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Benjamin Johnson Arena and the game will be streamed live on ESPN3.
Each Paladin game will be aired live on 103.3 WOLT-FM and 96.3 WGOG-FM with Dan Scott providing play-by-play and Ron Smith handling color commentator duties.
Fans can follow live statistics of the game and listen to the live steaming broadcast thru Stretch Audio by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com.