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Furman Falls To UNC Asheville, 64-58

John Davis III
John Davis III

Highlights // Niko Medved Postgame

Greenville, S.C. -- UNC Asheville converted 20 Furman turnovers into 18 points and connected on 17-of-23 second half free throw attempts to down the Paladins, 64-58, in non-conference men's basketball action in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic on Tuesday night at Timmons Arena.

The victory improved the Bulldogs to 3-2 on the season, while Furman slipped to 2-3 and saw its regular season home winning streak snapped at 11 games.

"We turned the ball over 20 times," said Paladin head coach Niko Medved. " I'd like to think that is uncharacteristic. It's been uncharacteristic of who we are, but we knew that would be important coming in."

Furman held a 50-48 lead with under 5:30 to play when UNCA's MaCio Teague drained back-to-back threes to stake the Bulldogs to a 54-50 lead with four minutes remaining. Junior Geoff Beans answered with a trey for the Paladins, but Furman missed its next six shots and committed one turnover while UNCA went 6-for-8 at the line and got baskets from Ahmad Thomas and Teague in the final minutes to maintain the lead.

Teague finished with a game-high 22 points and Thomas, who tallied 12 points in the second half, contributed 15 points and eight rebounds. Kevin Vannatta, 8-of-9 at the foul line, added 13 points.

The Bulldogs shot just 35.2% against Furman's man-to-man defense, but outscored the Paladins 18-2 on points off turnovers and 24-20 in the paint.

"We just looked like a team that was stuck in the mud tonight," said Medved. "We were slow, we didn't run the floor well, we didn't cut hard and we didn't get to the free throw line.

Furman shot just 38.5% from the field and connected on just 7-of-26 looks from behind the arc. Despite shooting 5-for-15 from the floor, Devin Sibley paced the Paladins with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Kris Acox and John Davis III added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Paladins cap their three-game homestand on Friday, November 25, at 7 p.m. when it hosts Hiwassee at Timmons Arena. Fans can get $3 general admission tickets by using the promo code: TURKEY and Furman Sports Marketing will be raffling off a 40" TV at the game.

The game will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network and fans can listen to the game locally on FoxSports 1440AM or worldwide by using the TuneIn Radio app.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information