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Furman Rolls Past South Carolina State For Third Straight Victory, 101-72

John Davis III
John Davis III

Greenville, S.C. -- Devin Sibley scored a game-high 24 points and John Davis III added 21 as Furman claimed its third consecutive win and fifth in its last six contests with a 101-72 victory over instate foe South Carolina State in non-conference men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.

The Paladins (7-3) erased a 23-22 deficit with a 19-0 run and outscored the Bulldogs 30-9 over the final nine minutes of the first half to carry a 52-32 lead into halftime. Furman held a 17-point lead at 69-52 with under 11 minutes to play when Davis drained a three-pointer to ignite a 13-0 run that concluded eight consecutive points from Sibley to give the Paladins an 82-52 lead on the Knoxville, Tenn., native's breakaway slam with 8:03 to play. Head coach Bob Richey's team pushed the margin to as many as 33 points before cruising to its third straight double-digit triumph.

Sibley, who topped the 1,500-point mark for his career and past David Brown and Bruce Grimm to move into 15th on Furman's career scoring ledger with 1,516 points, connected on 9-of-12 shots, including 4-for-5 from three-point land. Davis hit on 8-of-10 field goal attempts, including 5-of-7 three-point tries. Daniel Fowler added 15 points, three assists and three steals, while redshirt-sophomore Jalen Williams came off of the bench to contribute a career-high 14 points and career-best eight rebounds.

The Paladins shot 56.3%, made 14-of-33 triples and converted on 15-of-19 trips to the foul line. Furman managed a 36-22 edge in points in the paint, outscored S.C. State 28-11 in points off turnovers and tallied 23 points in transition.

Clay Mounce caught an alley-oop from Jonathan Jean with 29 seconds left to put Furman over 100 points. It marked the first time the Paladins topped the 100-point plateau versus an NCAA Division I opponent since scoring a 103-98 win over Charleston Southern in Greenville on December 18, 1993.

Justin Jones connected on 5-of-7 three-point attempts to pace South Carolina State with 19 points, while Donte Wright added 15 points. The Bulldogs (2-9) shot 46.4%, made 9-of-19 three-pointers and fashioned a 34-28 edge on the glass.

The Paladins cap their five-game homestand and play their final home contest of 2017 on Thursday, December 14, when they host Montreat at 7 p.m. The game has been designated as a Throwback Night. Tickets are available for just $6 and all fans are encouraged to dig deep in the closet for a special Throwback Night look.

Thursday's game will be streamed on ESPN3 with the audio broadcast available on FoxSports 1440AM, the TuneIn Radio app and via Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information