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Second Half Surge Lifts College Of Charleston Over Furman, 89-55

William Gates Jr.
William Gates Jr.

Charleston, S.C. – Anthony Stitt tallied a game-high 21 points and College of Charleston outscored Furman 52-25 in the second half en route to an 89-55 win over the Paladins in non-conference men's basketball action Saturday evening at TD Arena.

Charleston (2-3) converted on 17-of-28 (60.7%) second half field goal attempts and held Furman (2-2) to 8-of-33 (24.2%) shooting over the final 20 minutes to claim its 30th victory in the last 34 meetings between the former Southern Conference rivals.

After scoring the final four points of the first half to carry a 37-30 lead into intermission, the Cougars stretched their run to 14-2 and opened a 47-32 lead on Canyon Barry's trey with 17:04 remaining.  Stephen Croone drained back-to-back buckets to cut the deficit to 11 points, but Stitt netted seven straight points to ignite a 13-2 CofC run that gave the Cougars a 60-38 lead and control of the game when Johnathan Cook connected from three-point range with 13:23 to play.

Croone made 7-of-14 shots to pace the Paladins with 20 points while freshman William Gates Jr. added 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting.  Freshman Kris Acox added a career-best nine rebounds for the Paladins, who shot just 34.5% from the floor, including just 3-for-16 from three-point range.

Stitt, who made 7-of-12 shots to lead the Cougars in scoring, totaled four steals and did not commit a turnover in 32 minutes of action.  Barry added 15 points and Adjehi Baru and Cook scored 14 points apiece to join the guard in double figures.

Charleston shot 56.9% for the game, highlighted by an 11-for-24 effort from beyond the arc.  The Cougars outscored Furman 38-22 in the paint and committed just nine turnovers.

Furman continues its road trip on Tuesday night against Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on ESPN3.