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Furman Stuns Chattanooga; Paladins Snap Mocs’ Eight-Game Winning Streak, 70-55

Kendrec Ferrara
Kendrec Ferrara

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Greenville, S.C. -- Sophomore Devin Sibley poured in a game-high 18 points and senior Stephen Croone added 17 to lead Furman to a 70-55 victory over Southern Conference preseason favorite Chattanooga in men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.

The Paladins, who snapped Chattanooga's eight-game winning streak, improved to 8-8 overall and 2-1 in league play, while the Mocs slipped to 13-3 overall and 2-1 in the SoCon.

Chattanooga used a 14-2 run, capped by a Duke Ethridge layup, to jump out to a 16-7 lead in the opening 10 minutes. Furman responded when Kendrec Ferrara recorded two blocks in the span of a minute and a half and finished in the paint with back-to-back dunks with under six minutes left in the half. The Paladins, who shot 56% in the first period, made 10 of their final 13 field goal attempts in the first half and reeled off a 24-9 run that helped them carry a 33-30 lead into the break.

With Furman leading 40-38 and under 15 minutes to play, Kris Acox converted in the paint off of a pass from Croone, blocked a shot on the defensive end and went coast-to-coast for a two-handed slam to spark a 13-5 Paladin run that stretched the margin to 53-43 when Geoff Beans drained a triple from the top of the key with 10:06 to go.

Chattanooga cut the lead back to single digits twice, but Furman made 9-of-13 free throw attempts in the final 6:58 to pull away and claim its second straight victory over the Mocs.

Sibley made 7-of-12 field goal attempts to pace the Paladins, while Croone finished 7-of-8 from the line and added four assists and three steals. His 17 points moved him past Clyde Mayes and into 12th on Furman's career scoring list with 1,591 points. Acox and John Davis III scored eight points apiece and Ferrara contributed a season-best six blocked shots.

Furman shot 50% from the floor, 70% at the foul line, posted a 32-28 edge on the glass and outscored the Mocs 38-28 in the paint. The Paladins also managed 20 points off of 20 Chattanooga turnovers on the strength of nine steals.

Johnathan Burroughs-Cook scored a team-high 13 points for Chattanooga, who finished at 42.6% from the field and made only 9-of-19 free throws.

Head coach Niko Medved's Paladins return to action on Monday at 6 p.m. when they play host to SoCon rival Samford at Timmons Arena. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app and can be heard on the Furman IMG Radio Network at WGOG 101.7FM and FoxSports 1440AM, as well as, on your mobile device through the TuneIn Radio app. Links for the video stream, radio broadcast and live statistics will be posted at FurmanPaladins.com.

Tickets
for Monday's SoCon showdown can be purchased online at FurmanPaladins.com or by visiting the Timmons Arena Box Office.



Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information