Rock Hill, S.C. -- Winthrop's Anders Broman banked in a desperation three-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Eagles to a 58-57 victory over Furman in non-conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night at the Winthrop Coliseum.
With 1:14 to play in overtime and Furman trailing 55-53, Devin Sibley penetrated and connected on a jumper in the middle of the lane to pull the Paladins even. Winthrop's Xavier Cooks missed a wild shot in the paint on the Eagles' next possession and Daniel Fowler put Furman in front, 57-55, on a driving layup with 26 seconds to go.
Following an Eagle timeout with 20.2 seconds remaining, Keon Johnson got caught in the air on a drive down the left baseline and hurled a pass out of traffic. Broman tracked down the ball almost 25 feet from the basket and banked in his desperation shot from left of the key. After a timeout by the Paladins, Broman's brother, Bjorn Broman, intercepted Furman's full court inbounds pass to seal the verdict.
Cooks led Winthrop with 14 points, while Anders Broman drained 4-of-8 treys to score 12 points. Tevin Prescott added 10 points for the Eagles, who shot just 38.9% from the field and made only 8-of-26 three-point attempts.
Sibley led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting and added six rebounds. John Davis III scored 10 points to go with five boards and four steals, while Geoff Beans netted eight points and grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds for the Paladins.
Furman shot 37.7% from the floor, including 5-for-22 from beyond the arc, but the Paladins managed a 37-36 rebounding edge and outscored the Eagles 30-22 in the paint. The Paladins forced 20 Winthrop turnovers and recorded 12 steals on the night.
Furman jumped out to a 7-0 and held Winthrop to 1-for-13 shooting in the early portion of the first half as the Paladins carried a 25-21 lead into the break. Winthrop used a 7-0 run to start the second period and grab the lead, but the Paladins capped an 11-2 run with a Sibley triple to fashion a 36-30 lead with 11:35 to play.
The Paladins led until Bjorn Broman gave Winthrop a 48-46 advantage on a trey with 3:08 to play. Matt Rafferty knotted the game for Furman with 36 seconds left and the Paladins got a defensive stop to force the extra period.
Furman (3-4) returns to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. when it hosts Navy at Timmons Arena. The game, which has been designated as Military Appreciation Day and Social Media Day, will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Fans can listen to Saturday's game on FoxSports 1440AM and around the world via the TuneIn Radio app.
Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information