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Defense Helps Furman Men’s Basketball Down Tennessee Tech, 64-50

Defense Helps Furman Men’s Basketball Down Tennessee Tech, 64-50

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman's defense held Tennessee Tech to 33% shooting, recorded 10 steals, blocked six shots and scored 23 points off of turnovers to snap the Golden Eagles' six-game winning streak with a 64-50 victory on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.

Senior point guard John Davis III paced the Paladins with 16 points and Daniel Fowler added 12 points on 2-for-3 shooting beyond the arc and a 4-for-4 afternoon at the foul line. Junior Matt Rafferty contributed nine points, a game-high 14 rebounds, three assists and a career-best five steals, while Andrew Brown chipped in with nine points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Leading 14-13 with under nine minutes to play in the first half, Furman reeled off an 11-0 run to take control of the game. Rafferty converted on a layup, Brown drained back-to-back triples and Jordan Lyons pushed the lead to 25-13 on a three-pointer of his own with 5:01 left in the period. The Paladin defense forced three turnovers during the stretch, while holding TTU without a field goal for 4:57.

Furman (5-3) led 32-19 at the half and pushed its margin to 17 points when Davis buried a three and Devin Sibley converted on 1-of-2 free throw attempts to open the second half. Tennessee Tech (7-2) answered with a 10-0 run, which was capped by Aleksa Jugovic's four-point play to trim the margin to 36-29 with 17:26 left, but Furman held the Golden Eagles without another basket for 6:53. During the TTU offensive drought, Rafferty drained a pair of threes and assisted on two baskets to help Furman extend its lead to 49-30 on the second of the Hinsdale, Ill., native's triples with 11:35 to go. Furman maintained its double-digit margin the rest of the way.

The Paladins shot just 34.4%, but connected on 10-of-36 three-point tries and made good on 10-of-15 trips to the charity stripe. Tennessee Tech connected on just 2-of-19 three-point attempts and made only eight of its 16 free throws.

Courtney Alexander II and Jugovic led the Golden Eagles with 11 points apiece. Furman subdued a Tennessee Tech offense that entered the game averaging 89 points per game and shooting 40.4% from three-point range.

Furman will host UNC Asheville on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the Furman women's basketball team at Timmons Arena. Tickets are available at the Timmons Arena Box Office or online at

The Paladins will host a "Last Day Of Class Bash" and free tacos will be served to Furman students between games. Furman is holding a toy drive for the Think Twice Foundation and fans that bring a new, unwrapped toy will receive a $6 general admission ticket.

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information