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Furman Races Past Catamounts For 14th Consecutive SoCon Home Victory, 85-37

Kris Acox and Devin Sibley
Kris Acox and Devin Sibley

Furman vs. WCU Highlights

Niko Medved Postgame

Greenville, S.C. -- Devin Sibley scored 25 points to pace four players in double figures as Furman fashioned its second largest margin of victory versus a Southern Conference opponent in school history with an 85-37 triumph over Western Carolina on Wednesday night at Timmons Arena.

The win gave Furman its school-record 14th consecutive SoCon home triumph, and improved the Paladins to 13-8 overall and 6-2 in league play. The 48-point margin of victory trails only Furman's 154-67 win over The Citadel on January 8, 1955, for largest margin of victory versus a league opponent.

Jordan Lyons, Andrew Brown and Sibley all drained threes to stake the Paladins to a 9-0 lead, and a suffocating defense held the Catamounts to 6-of-28 shooting from the field in the opening 20 minutes as Furman took a 40-14 lead into the halftime break. Sibley, 8-of-9 from the field on the night, scored seven points in a 20-2 Paladin run midway through the second half that stretched the margin to 74-24, and Furman extended its lead to as many as 51 points before claiming the 48-point win.

Lyons converted on 3-of-8 three-point attempts to join Sibley in double figures with 16 points, while senior Kris Acox posted his fifth double-double of the campaign with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Daniel Fowler tallied 11 points to round out Furman's double figure scorers. Andrew Brown, who finished with eight points, hit his first two three-point attempts to set a school record with 11 consecutive made three-point baskets, dating back to last Thursday's win over ETSU..

The Paladins shot 54.5% from the field, including 11-for-24 from three-point range, and hit on 14-of-20 trips to the charity stripe to record their third straight win and claim their 18th win in their last 20 regular season home contests. Furman managed a 44-32 edge in rebounding, scored 22 points off 14 Catamount turnovers and totaled 24 transition points.

Adam Sledd, Haboubacar Mutombo and Ashley Williams each scored six points to lead Western Carolina (6-15, 1-7 SoCon). The Catamounts shot just 26.8% from the field, connected on only 1-of-12 three-point tries and made just 6-of-19 free throw attempts in the loss.

Furman looks to move into at least a tie for first place in the SoCon standings on Saturday when it travels to Greensboro, N.C., to face first place UNCG in a 2 p.m. contest at the Greensboro Coliseum. Saturday's game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. The audio broadcast will be available locally on FoxSports 1440AM and worldwide by using the TuneIn Radio app. Links for the video stream, audio stream and live statistics can be found at FurmanPaladins.com.




Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information