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Paladins Dominate The Paint In Victory Over Bluefield, 94-46

Kris Acox
Kris Acox


Niko Medved postgame / Kris Acox, Matt Rafferty postgame

Greenville, S.C. -- Junior forward Kris Acox netted a career-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while freshman forward Matt Rafferty added 16 points, 12 boards and eight assists as Furman powered past NAIA member Bluefield College, 94-46, on Wednesday night at Timmons Arena.

The Paladins dominated inside with a 52-8 advantage in points in the paint and 57-19 rebounding edge against the Rams.  Furman's 57 boards marked the most for the Paladins since grabbing 57 versus Southeastern in the 1999-00 season opener.

Furman recorded five first-half steals and held Bluefield to 25% shooting from the floor to build a 40-18 lead at intermission. Leading 49-29 with under 15:30 remaining, Furman held the Rams to just one field goal over the next seven-plus minutes to blow open the game with a 23-3 run that upped the margin to 72-32 on Acox's basket with 8:39 to play.  Rafferty, who connected on 7-of-11 shots on the night, tallied seven points and Acox, 9-for-10 from the field, added six during the second half run.

Freshman Andrew Brown tallied 12 points and seven rebounds, Kendrec Ferrara chipped in with 11 points and eight boards and John Davis III netted 10 points to round out Furman's list of five double figure scorers.

The Paladins shot 52.2% from the field to top 50% shooting for the third time in the last four games. Furman made just 8-of-28 three-point attempts, but connected on 14-of-17 foul shots and committed only 12 turnovers on the night.

Zeke Williams hit 4-of-7 triples to pace Bluefield with 19 points.  The Rams shot just 29.6% and allowed 21 offensive rebounds by the Paladins that led to 25 second chance points.

Furman closes out 2015 with a three-game road trip that begin on Saturday when it faces the Atlantic-10 Conference's Dayton Flyers in a 7 p.m. contest at the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.  The Paladins travel to Annapolis, Md., to take on the Naval Academy on Tuesday, December 22, before visiting UNC Asheville on December 29.

Fans can listen to all three games on the Furman IMG Radio Network at WGOG 101.7FM and FoxSports 1440AM, as well as, on your mobile device through the iHeart Radio app. Saturday's match-up versus Dayton will be televised on the Time Warner Cable Sports Network and links to the live stream will be available at

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information