Furman Men's Basketball Post Game - Trinity Baptist

Nov 20, 2016

Furman raced out to a 20-0 lead and placed five players in double figures en route to a 102-53 victory over NCCAA member Trinity Baptist College in the Paladins' home opener on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena. Freshman Jordan Lyons came off of the bench to pace the Paladins (2-2) with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds, while junior Geoff Beans connected on 5-of-9 three-point attempts to total 15 points. Five different Paladins scored in the opening 2:56, including a pair of threes from Beans, as Furman built a 17-0 lead. Daniel Fowler converted on 1-of-2 trips to the foul line and Kris Acox scored in the paint on an assist from John Davis III with 16:18 left in the half to give Furman a 20-0 advantage before Trinity Baptist's Ezra Howard ended the shutout on a jumper with 16:03 remaining in the period. Furman shot 56.8% from the field and made good on 11-of-20 first half three-point attempts to carry a 60-17 lead into the break. The Paladins capped the game shooting 52.1% and buried 14-of-29 tries from long range. Head coach Niko Medved's squad fashioned a 44-10 scoring edge in the paint and outscored the Eagles 31-0 on points off turnovers on the strength of 14 steals and 21 Eagle miscues. Furman held a 47-29 rebounding margin that included 15 offensive boards and the Paladins finished with 29 fast break points. Acox and Andrew Brown reached double figures with 12 points apiece, while Davis added 10 points. Fowler, who played just 18 minutes, tallied eight points, three rebounds, six assists and five steals. Furman's 102-point outing marked its most points since scoring 126 in a 126-33 win over Virginia Intermont on December 29, 2004. It marked the first time Furman reached the 100-point plateau since downing Macalester, 100-58, on November 18, 2005. The Paladins improved to 15-4 in season openers at Timmons Arena. Howard led Trinity Baptist (3-5) with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting beyond the arc. Ernest Johnson added nine rebounds for the Eagles. The Paladins continue their homestand on Tuesday by hosting 2016 NCAA Tournament participant UNC Asheville in the CBE Hall of Classic at 7 p.m. before entertaining Hiwassee College on Friday, November 25. Tuesday's game is "Senior Citizen Appreciation Night" and discounted tickets will be available to seniors at FurmanPaladins.com by using the promo code: OLLI. Music from the 1950's and 60's will be featured all night and the concession stands will offer coffee and a donut for $1 while supplies last. Furman's Tuesday tilt versus UNCA will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app. It will also air on FoxSports 1440AM and will be available on the TuneIn Radio app. Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information