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Furman Outlasts Wofford In Regular Season Finale, 78-69

Furman Outlasts Wofford In Regular Season Finale, 78-69

Greenville, S.C. -- Senior Kris Acox celebrated Senior Day by scoring a career-high 25 points and junior Geoff Beans added 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting behind the arc to propel Furman to a 78-69 victory over Wofford in the regular season finale for both schools on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.

With the victory, Furman improved to 21-10 on the season and 14-4 in Southern Conference play. The Paladins 14 league wins tie the school record, which was set during the 1979-80 season. Wofford dipped to 15-16 overall and 10-8 in league play.

Trailing by five points at 54-49 with under 14 minutes to play, Furman got three straight baskets from Acox, capped by a two-handed slam off an inbounds pass from Daniel Fowler with 11:52 to play that gave the Paladins a 55-54 lead. Wofford answered with a three-point play from Fletcher Magee to retake the lead, but Furman countered with a 12-3 run that proved to be the difference.

Beans buried a three-pointer to put Furman back in front and Acox followed with a layup off a Devin Sibley pass. After Wofford's Eric Garcia and Furman's Sibley and Beans all missed the front ends of one-and-one chances, Magee hit 1-of-2 free throws and Derrick Brooks scored to knot the game at 60-60 with 6:44 left. Jonathan Jean drove to the hole for a layup that gave Furman the lead once again and Sibley doubled the advantage following a steal by Beans. Magee missed a trey on Wofford's next possession and Beans drained a triple on the other end to give Furman a 67-60 margin with 5:22 to go.

Wofford trimmed the Paladin lead to three at 71-68 on a pair of Brooks' free throws with 1:35 left, but Fowler scored on a drive to the basket on the next Furman possession and head coach Niko Medved's club made 5-of-6 free throw attempts in the final 49 seconds to finish off the victory.

Acox connected on 12-of-14 field goal attempts as he finished with 25 points, six boards and two assists. Beans added five rebounds to go with his 18 points and Fowler and Sibley reached double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Sibley added seven assists and five rebounds.

The Paladins shot 53.6% from the field, outscored Wofford 38-22 in the paint and committed just eight turnovers, but it was their second half defense that turned the game. After Wofford shot 50% and made 6-of-13 treys in the opening 20 minutes, Furman held the Terriers to 34.8% shooting and a 2-for-16 effort from three-point range in the second half. Wofford shot 43.1% for the game.

Forward Cameron Jackson led the Terriers with 24 points and 10 boards, while Magee totaled 20 points. Furman held Garcia to just seven points on 2-of-11 shooting.

Furman has secured a top three seed in next week's SoCon Men's Basketball Championship in Asheville, N.C., and will find out its game time and opponent for next Saturday's quarterfinal round match-up following Monday's final SoCon regular season games.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information