Lexington, Va. -- Furman drilled 16 three-pointers and used a 29-0 first half run to erase a nine-point deficit en route to an 87-57 win at VMI in the Southern Conference opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Cameron Hall.
VMI (5-7, 0-1 SoCon) jumped out to a 15-6 lead on Bubba Parham's trey with 11:19 to go in the first half before the Paladins embarked on a record run of 29 straight points. A pair of Matt Rafferty layups sandwiched a three-pointer from Daniel Fowler before a second Fowler triple put Furman in front 16-15. John Davis III, Jordan Lyons and Clay Mounce added three-point baskets during the run as Furman built a 35-15 advantage on Mounce's three with 3:44 left in the half.
Furman (10-4, 1-0 SoCon) held the Keydets without a point for a stretch of 7:57 to open the 20-point lead. Davis scored 14 first half points to help the Paladins extend the run to a 35-3 spurt that gave Furman a 41-18 edge at halftime. A 14-4 run to start the second half pushed the Paladin run to 49-7 and upped Furman's lead to 55-22.
Lyons finished with a team-high 17 points, including five triples. Davis scored 15 points and Fowler, who surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for his career, added 12 points to go with five assists.
Furman shot 50.8% from the floor and connected on 51.6% of its three-point tries. The Paladins' 16 three-point baskets tied for the third most in school history and second most against a Division I opponent. VMI committed 20 turnovers that led to 29 Furman points, and the Paladins held the Keydets to 31.6% shooting.
Parham paced VMI with 21 points, while Austin Vereen scored 12 points.
The victory marked Furman's fifth straight triumph over VMI and third straight win at Cameron Hall. Furman won its SoCon opener for the fourth straight season.
Furman returns home to host The Citadel at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Timmons Arena. The game will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network. Fans can listen to the game on FoxSports 1440AM, thru the TuneIn Radio app and via Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com. Dan Scott will call the action with Bryant Lambert providing color commentary.
Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information