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Hill Lifts Gardner-Webb Over Furman, 74-68

Stephen Croone
Stephen Croone

Boiling Springs, N.C. -- Gardner-Webb's Jerome Hill netted 28 points and added a career-high 19 rebounds to power the Bulldogs to a 74-68 victory over Furman in non-conference men's basketball action on Saturday night at the Paul Porter Arena in Boiling Spring, N.C.

Hill connected on 10-of-21 shots from the field and 8-of-18 free throws to lead all scorers, while teammates Tyrone Nelson and Adonis Burbage added 19 and 14 points, respectively, to improve Gardner-Webb to 6-4 on the season.  The loss dropped Furman to 2-6.

Trailing 36-35 at the break after Gardner-Webb shot 50% from the field over the opening 20 minutes, Furman claimed the early lead in the second half as Stephen Croone and Geoff Beans each drained a three in the first three minutes of the period.  The Paladins, however, committed five turnovers in less than three minutes and Burbage followed back-to-back baskets by Hill with a three-pointer of his own to stake the Runnin' Bulldogs to a 49-43 lead with 13:48 remaining.

Furman kept the deficit within six over the next nine minutes and trailed just 60-58 when Croone converted on a pair of free throws with 5:08 to play, but Gardner-Webb fashioned a 7-1 run and held the Paladins without a bucket for nearly three minutes to stretch the margin to eight at 67-59 when Hill scored and finished the three-point play at the foul line with 2:46 left.

Devin Sibley got Furman back within four points on a three-point play with 1:28 remaining, but the Paladins were held without a field goal until Croone's layup with two seconds left.

Gardner-Webb shot 46.6% while outscoring Furman 15-9 on points off turnovers and 16-4 on second chance points.  The Bulldogs managed a 41-34 rebounding edge and forced the Paladins into 11 second-half turnovers.

Croone scored 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 at the line to lead the Paladins. Beans added 11 points and Kendrec Ferrara tallied nine points to go with nine rebounds.

The Paladins shot 43.9% from the floor and connected on 8-of-19 three-point attempts.  Gardner-Webb made just 15-of-33 free throw attempts to help Furman keep the game close down the stretch.

Furman returns to action on Friday night when it travels to face Florida Gulf Coast.  Tip-off in Fort Myers, Fla., is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on ESPN3.

NOTE - Furman head coach Niko Medved announced prior to Saturday night's game that sophomore William Gates Jr. has elected to transfer out of the program.

"Will is a great kid and we wish him nothing but the best," said Medved.

Gates averaged 7.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in 37 career outings for the Paladins.  The Schertz, Texas, native had played in each of Furman's first seven games this season while averaging 2.4 points per game in 13 minutes of action per contest.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information