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Furman Downs Northeastern In PK80 Finale, 78-67

Furman Downs Northeastern In PK80 Finale, 78-67

Nashville, Tenn. -- Devin Sibley scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to power Furman to a 78-67 victory over Northeastern in the final game of the PK80: Phil Knight Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

The Paladins (4-2) connected on 4-of-8 three-point attempts in the first half and Sibley netted 12 of his 22 points in the first period to help Furman build a 45-32 lead at intermission. Furman extended its advantage to as many as 15 points and led by 14 with under six minutes to play when Geoff Beans converted on all three free throw attempts after being fouled behind the line.

Northeastern (2-4) switched to a zone defense and went on a 6-0 run to trim the deficit to 69-61 on Vasa Pusica's free throws with 3:58 to go. Senior John Davis III delivered the knockout blow with just 2:25 left by draining a three-pointer as the shot clock expired to boost the lead back to 11 at 72-61. Furman got a stop on the other end and Sibley converted on a drive to the basket to restore the 13-point lead and secure the win.

Sibley hit on 8-of-18 shots from the field and all five of his free throw attempts to score 20 or more points for the fourth time in six games. Matt Rafferty went 5-for-5 from the field to tally 11 points and Daniel Fowler added 10 points.

The Paladins fashioned a 36-29 rebounding edge and shot 49.2% from the field. Furman committed only 10 turnovers and forced Northeastern into 14 miscues.

The Huskies shot 49.1% and were led in scoring by Pusica's 17 points. Shawn Occeus scored 15 points and Bolden Brace added 11.

Furman returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts the Winthrop Eagles. Tip-off at Timmons Arena is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. The audio broadcast will be available on FoxSports 1440AM, the TuneIn Radio app and through Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information