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Men's Basketball Rolls Past New Hampshire In PK80, 78-64

Jordan Lyons
Jordan Lyons

Nashville, Tenn. -- Senior Devin Sibley scored 20 points to pace four Paladins in double figures and Furman opened the second half with a 32-8 run to cruise to a 78-64 victory over New Hampshire in the PK80: Phil Knight Invitational on Friday afternoon at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

The Paladins (3-2), who trailed 28-27 late in the first half, finished the period on an 8-2 spurt and scored the first 11 points of the second half as they held the Wildcats without a basket for over five minutes. Sibley poured in 12 of his team-high 20 in the second half to help Furman open up a 67-38 advantage on Jonathan Jean's free throws with 8:38 left.

Sophomore Jordan Lyons scored 12 points off the bench to join Sibley in double figures, while Matt Rafferty and Daniel Fowler added 11 points apiece. Sibley grabbed a team-high nine boards to push Furman to a 40-38 edge on the glass against the bigger Wildcats.

Furman built its first half lead by scoring 14 points off New Hampshire miscues and finished the game with a 34-16 advantage in points in the paint. The Paladins shot 44.6% from the floor, made 10-of-30 three-point attempts and connected on 10-of-14 trips to the foul line. Head coach Bob Richey's squad dished out 19 assists while committing just nine turnovers.

Tanner Leissner led New Hampshire (1-4) with 21 points and eight boards, but the Paladins held the 6-foot-7 forward without a field goal in the second half. Elijah Jordan added 13 points and six boards for the Wildcats, who shot just 36.4% and made only 8-of-28 three-point tries.

New Hampshire will face Utah State in game one on Saturday with Furman and Northeastern slated to tip-off at approximately 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET on day two of the PK80 in Nashville. Admission to the tournament at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium is free and fans can listen to the game on Stretch Audio and follow live stats at FurmanPaladins.com.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information