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Defense, Three-Point Shooting Key Furman Victory Over Samford, 77-57

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Greenville, S.C. -- Furman held Samford to 40.8% shooting, including 1-of-10 from three-point range, while the Paladins connected on 10-of-21 triples en route to a 77-57 victory over the Bulldogs on Monday evening at Timmons Arena.

Sophomore Geoff Beans came off of the bench to bury 4-of-5 threes and pace five Paladins in double figures with a season-high 16 points. Fellow sophomore Daniel Fowler drained three treys to add 12 points, while Stephen Croone, Devin Sibley and Kendrec Ferrara scored 11 points apiece.

The win was Furman's fourth straight at home and improved the Paladins to 9-8 overall and 3-1 in Southern Conference play. Samford slipped to 10-7 overall and 1-3 in league play.

Furman shot 50% from the floor in the first half and used four runs of seven straight points or more, highlighted by a pair of 10-0 spurts, to take a 45-22 lead into the halftime break. The Paladins hit 6-of-13 first half threes and converted on 11-of-16 trips to the foul line in the opening 20 minutes to blitz the Bulldogs.

Samford closed to within 17 points at 50-33 with 15:30 to play, but Sibley, Croone and Beans capped a 14-4 run with consecutive threes to push the Paladin advantage to 64-37 with 11 minutes remaining. Furman increased its advantage to as many as 28 points before settling for the 20-point win.

The Paladins' bench, led by Ferrara and Sibley, outscored Samford's reserves 38-23 and Furman tallied 16 points in transition against the Bulldogs full court press. Head coach Niko Medved's team fashioned a 38-31 rebounding edge and shot 47.1%.

Guard Christen Cunningham led Samford with nine points, while four Bulldogs added eight points apiece.

Furman goes in search of its third straight SoCon win on Thursday night when it travels to Macon, Ga., to face the Mercer Bears. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Fans can also listen to the game 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.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information