Greenville, S.C. – Clide Geffrard Jr. led three Samford players in double figures as the Bulldogs pulled away from Furman to claim a 64-53 victory over the Paladins in Southern Conference men's basketball action Saturday afternoon on YP.com Court at Timmons Arena.
Samford improved to 10-18 overall and 8-6 in SoCon play by handing Furman its sixth straight loss. The Paladins, who dressed just eight players due to injury, slipped to 6-19 overall and 3-11 in league play while suffering their fourth consecutive defeat at home.
Furman rallied from a 31-26 halftime deficit to take a 40-39 lead on senior Bobby Austin's trey with 13:58 remaining, but the Paladins connected on just two field goal attempts over the next 11 minutes as Samford fashioned an 18-8 run to take control of the game. The Bulldogs, who shot 47.1% on the afternoon, made 47.8% of their field goal attempts in the second half while holding the Paladins to just 31.8% shooting over the final 20 minutes.
Geffrard Jr. connected on 7-of-12 shots, including 3-of-6 behind the arc, to lead the Bulldogs with 19 points. Sophomore Raijon Kelly added 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting and Tim Williams contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds as Samford out-rebounded the Paladins 37-23.
Samford connected on 7-of-16 three-point attempts, outscored the Paladins 14-5 on points off turnovers and 24-16 in the paint.
Furman grabbed an early 11-7 lead before Geffrard scored five straight points during a 13-2 Samford spurt. The Paladins trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but three-pointers from David Brown and Bryant Irwin helped cut the lead down to one prior to the half.
Senior Colin Reddick paced the Paladins with 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists while adding two blocked shots in 38 minutes of action. Irwin tallied 13 points and Kendrec Ferrara totaled 10 points to go with seven boards and a career-high four blocked shots.
Furman shot just 37.8% from the field despite making 8-of-21 three-point attempts. The Paladins were guilty of only 13 turnovers, but forced Samford into just 12 miscues.
A trip to Davidson on Wednesday at 7 p.m. opens a three-game road trip for the Paladins.
The game will be aired live on 103.3 WOLT-FM and 96.3 WGOG-FM with Dan Scott providing play-by-play and Chuck Hussion 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.