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Men's Basketball Cruises Past Montreat For Fourth Straight Win, 103-47

Jordan Lyons
Jordan Lyons

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman placed six players in double figures and scored a season-high 103 points in a 103-47 victory over NAIA member Montreat in the Paladins' home non-conference finale Thursday night at Timmons Arena.

With their fourth consecutive win and sixth triumph in their last seven games, Furman improved to 8-3 on the season.

"It was a lot about the start tonight and a lot of our preparation was geared towards that," said Furman head coach Bob Richey. "Our starters did a good job of making sure they brought intensity from the jump."

The Paladins used an early 15-0 run to open up a 22-4 lead on Jordan Lyons' triple with 13:07 to go in the first half and never led by fewer than 10 points the rest of the way. Furman shot 50% from the floor, connected on 13-of-37 three-point attempts and converted on 12-of-15 trips to the foul line.

Lyons drained five three-pointers to pace the Paladins with a career-high 19 points, while senior Daniel Fowler added 14 points, six rebounds and six assists. John Davis III and Clay Mounce, who reached his career-high, added 13 points apiece and junior Matt Rafferty registered his SoCon-leading third double-double of the campaign with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Devin Sibley rounded out the Paladins' double figure scorers with 12 points, while forward Jalen Williams added nine points and a career-best 11 rebounds to help Furman to a 52-36 edge on the glass.

Montreat (12-1) was forced into 20 turnovers that led to 26 Paladin points and Furman finished with a season-best 42 points in transition. The Cavaliers shot just 26.5% and were led in scoring by Jalen White's nine points.

Furman's 103 points were the most since a 126-33 victory over Virginia Intermont at Timmons Arena on December 29, 2004. The Paladins 27 assists marked the most for a Furman team this season and gave Furman three consecutive games with 20 or more assists and 10 or more steals.

The Paladins close out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a Sunday afternoon visit to CAA foe UNC Wilmington and Wednesday evening trip to face nationally-ranked Tennessee at Thompson-Boiling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. Sunday's game is set for a 2 p.m. tip-off at Trask Coliseum and will be streamed live through Stretch Internet at FurmanPaladins.com. Wednesday's non-conference finale will be televised live on the SEC Network at 9 p.m.

Fans can listen to Dan Scott and Tom Van Hoy call all the action of both game on FoxSports 1440AM, through the TuneIn Radio app and via Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information