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Wofford Holds Off Furman, 67-58

Daniel Fowler
Daniel Fowler

Spartanburg, S.C. -- Forward Cameron Jackson tallied a career-high 20 points to go with 10 rebounds and Wofford connected on 5-of-7 three-point attempts during a key six-minute stretch in the second half to down Furman, 67-58, on Saturday night at the Benjamin Johnson Arena.

The loss dropped the Paladins to 10-8 overall and 3-2 in Southern Conference play, while Wofford improved to 7-11 overall and 2-3 in the league.

With Furman leading 42-41 and less than 11:30 to play, the Paladins had consecutive chances to extend their lead only to come up empty. Wofford answered as Eric Garcia drained back-to-back triples to ignite a 9-2 run and Ryan Sawvell capped the spurt with a trey of his own to give the Terriers a 50-44 advantage with 8:08 left.

Furman senior Kris Acox trimmed the margin to 50-48 with consecutive slams on assists from Daniel Fowler, but Jackson converted on 1-of-2 shots at the foul line and Fletcher Magee and Jaylen Allen buried back-to-back treys to fashion a 7-0 run that gave Wofford a 57-48 lead with under five minutes remaining.  All told, Wofford made 5-of-7 three-point attempts from the 10:13 mark of the second half to the 4:49 mark in its decisive 16-6 run.

Jackson hit on 8-of-9 shots from the field and 4-of-6 free throw attempts to pace the Terriers, while Garcia chipped in with 16 points and Magee added 12. Wofford shot 45.3% from the field, including 54% in the second half, and managed a 39-31 rebounding edge.

Devin Sibley led Furman with 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting and Acox his 7-of-12 shots to finish with 16 points and eight rebounds. Fowler contributed 13 points and a team-high nine boards.

The Paladins shot 41.7%, but made just 4-of-20 three-point tries and converted on just 4-of-10 trips to the foul line.

Furman returns to Timmons Arena to open a three-game homestand on Thursday, January 19, when it entertains ETSU at 7 p.m. Thursday's game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with the radio broadcast available on FoxSports 1440AM and via the TuneIn Radio app. Links for the video stream, radio stream and live statistics are posted at FurmanPaladins.com.

Tickets for Furman's seven remaining homes games are available online at FurmanPaladins.com.



Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information