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UNCG Snaps Furman Win Streak

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- UNCG cruised to a 73-52 victory over Furman Saturday at Timmons Arena, snapping the Paladins' 10-game winning streak.

With the loss, Furman drops to 20-9 overall and 13-3 in the Southern Conference.  UNCG improves to 20-8 overall and 11-4 in the league.  Despite the loss, the Paladins maintained the SoCon lead and remain in the hunt for the league regular-season title.

The Spartans jumped out to a 14-4 lead following four-straight three-pointers by sophomore Francis Alonso, who connected on five of his first six shot from beyond the arc.  UNCG held a nine-point lead with just over five minutes to go in the half when junior Geoff Beans hit a trey to ignite a 12-5 Furman run to end the half and bring the Paladins within two, 30-28. 

A three-pointer by junior Devin Sibley gave the Paladins their first lead of the game at with 16:39 to go in the second half and Furman stretched the lead to three following a free throw by Daniel Fowler.  The Spartans responded with an 11-2 run fueled by six-straight points by senior Diante Baldwin.

Furman cut the deficit to three, 52-49, at the eight minute mark of the second half before UNCG went on a 21-3 run to end the game. 

Sibley led the Paladins with 18 points, while junior Daniel Fowler notched a team-high six rebounds and three assists.

Alonso paced the Spartans with 24 points, and Baldwin added 21 points and a team-high six assists.  Rookie James Dickey led UNCG with 12 rebounds.  

Furman will play at ETSU on Wednesday.  The Bucs enter the game with a 22-6 overall record and a 12-3 SoCon mark.