Greenville, S.C. – College of Charleston erased an early deficit with a 51-12 run midway through the game en route to a 74-50 victory over Furman in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday afternoon on YP.com Court at Timmons Arena.
The Paladins, who fell to 6-23 overall and 3-15 in the Southern Conference, matched a school record with their 10th consecutive defeat to tie Jene Davis' 1984-85 squad. The Cougars won their fourth straight league game to improve to 22-9 overall and 14-4 in the SoCon.
Furman scored the first seven points of the game and opened up an 18-7 advantage on Colin Reddcik's two-handed jam midway through the first period. Later in the period, four consecutive free throws gave Furman a 25-16 lead with just 2:51 to play, but College of Charleston finished the half on a 7-0 run that stretched to a 13-0 spurt when Anthony Thomas' layup gave the Cougars a 29-27 lead with 17:54 remaining in the game.
The Paladins managed to knot the game at 29-29 with just their third field goal in over 12 minutes only to have Charleston explode on a 38-8 run that gave the Cougars a commanding 67-37 lead. Charleston's defense held Furman to just two baskets from the 17:22 mark until Reddick's layup with only 3:52 left to play.
The Cougars shot 67.9% (19-28) in the second half and buried 6-of-11 three-point attempts over the final 20 minutes to pull away from the Paladins. Anthony Stitt led Charleston with 15 points and Trent Wiedeman added 13 points and nine boards. Nori Johnson and Andrew Lawrence each tallied 10 points while Willis Hall contributed nine points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Charleston, which shot just 31% in the first half, finished at 49.1% from the field and fashioned a 48-28 edge in rebounding against a Furman squad that dressed just eight players on Senior Day.
Reddick totaled 16 points to lead four Paladins in double figures in his final game at Timmons Arena. Freshman Larry Wideman scored 12 points and Bobby Austin and Stephen Croone chipped in with 10 apiece.
Furman shot just 31% from the field and hit only 4-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc. The Paladins, who committed a season-low six turnovers, fell to 0-23 this season when connecting on 40% or less of their three-point attempts.
Although the official pairings for next week's Southern Conference Men's Basketball Championship will not be released until later Saturday night, Furman is locked into the No. 12 seed and will face fifth-seeded Samford at 2 p.m. next Friday at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C., in the opening round of the tournament. The winner will advance to face fourth-seeded Appalachian State at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.
Furman fans can follow all the action with play-by-play voice Dan Scott on WOLT-FM 103.3, WGOG-FM 96.3 and through Stretch Audio at www.FurmanPaladins.com. Live statistics will be available at FurmanPaladins.com and all games will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.