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Defense Lifts Clemson Over Furman, 71-35

Kendrec Ferrara
Kendrec Ferrara

Furman Men's Basketball Vs. Clemson Highlights

Clemson, S.C. – Jordan Roper netted a game-high 16 points and keyed a late first half run as Clemson downed Furman, 71-35, on Saturday evening at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Clemson limited Furman to a season-low 30.2% shooting and outscored the Paladins 33-16 over the final 20 minutes to improve to 8-2 on the season and drop Furman to 4-6.

Roper buried back-to-back treys and delivered eight straight points to key a 17-0 Clemson run that turned a 21-17 margin into a 38-19 halftime lead for the Tigers.  In the second half, Clemson held the Paladins to 5-of-21 shooting while hitting 14 of its 28 field goal attempts to put the game out of reach.

K.J. McDaniels and Devin Coleman scored 12 points apiece to join Roper in double figures.  Clemson shot 50% from the field and made good on 11-of-14 trips to the charity stripe.  The Tigers managed a commanding 37-23 advantage on the glass while also scoring 18 points off of 16 Paladin turnovers.

Kendrec Ferrara led Furman with 10 points and Stephen Croone added nine points and three assists.  Furman converted on just 13-of-43 field goal attempts, including 3-of-11 from beyond the arc.

The Paladins (4-6) grabbed an early 7-6 lead on a Ferrara trey and trailed just 21-17 with 6:51 remaining in the first half before Clemson held Furman without a field goal until Croone's driving layup as time expired in the period.

Furman returns home to host the Liberty Flames on Friday, December 20.  The 7 p.m. contest at Timmons Arena will be televised live on the Liberty Flames Network, CSS, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and on ESPN3. 

Friday's game can be heard live on WGOG FM 96.3, Fox Sports 1440 AM and through StretchAudio at with Dan Scott calling the action and Ron Smith providing color commentary.  Fans can access live in-game updates on Twitter by following @FurmanHoops.