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Simpson Shoots UNCG Past Furman, 88-65

Larry Wideman
Larry Wideman

Greenville, S.C. – Trevis Simpson, the Southern Conference's leading scorer, poured in a game-high 29 points to guide UNCG to an 88-65 victory over Furman in men's basketball action Thursday evening on Court at Timmons Arena.

Simpson connected on 10-of-18 field goal attempts, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, and UNCG (7-15, 5-6 SoCon) shot 60% from the field on 9-of-15 shooting from beyond the arc to earn a regular season split with the Paladins (6-15, 3-7 SoCon).

The Spartans built a 48-26 halftime lead by converting on 20-of-33 first half shots, including 8-of-12 three-point attempts.  Furman, just 3-for-21 from three-point range on the night, made only 1-of-9 long range attempts in the opening 20 minutes and shot just 35.6% for the game.

Kayel Locke, Nicholas Paulos and Derrell Armstrong joined Simpson in double figures with each tallying 11 points.  UNCG outscored the Paladins 38-20 in the paint and held a 42-29 edge in rebounding.

Freshman Larry Wideman paced Furman with a career-high 18 points while Stephen Croone added 13 points and senior Colin Reddick contributed 12 points and a game-high nine boards.

Furman caps its four-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts SoCon North Division leading Elon at 4 p.m.

Tickets for all home games are available at the Timmons Arena Box Office and online at  The All-Inclusive Ticket, "IT", costs $12 for a lower level reserved seat and $8 for an upper level general admission seat.  The ticket entitles fans to unlimited trips to the Timmons Arena concession stands for hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and sodas. 

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