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Furman Pulls Away From Chattanooga, 73-55; Paladins Win Fourth Straight

Andrew brown scored 16 points in a 73-55 win at Chattanooga.
Andrew Brown

Chattanooga, Tenn. -- Juniors Matt Rafferty and Andrew Brown tallied 17 and 16 points, respectively, to help Furman to its first 4-0 start in Southern Conference play since the 1986-87 campaign with a 73-55 victory over Chattanooga on Wednesday night at McKenzie Arena.

Furman, 13-4 overall and winners of four straight games, snapped a five-game skid versus the Mocs in Chattanooga. The Mocs dropped their fifth straight game to fall to 6-11 overall and 0-4 in league play.

The Paladins built a 27-11 lead in the early going before carrying a 36-31 lead into halftime. Furman stretched the margin back to as many as seven points before Chattanooga trimmed the lead to 49-46 on Nat Dixon's free throws with 9:47 to play.

John Davis III drained a triple and Brown followed with a pair of layup to push the lead back to 10 points with 6:19 to go. Following a Mocs' basket, Rafferty drilled a trey and converted on a 20-foot jumper to extend the Paladins' advantage to 13 points. Jordan Lyons drove to the basket and completed a three-point play at the foul line before Daniel Fowler capped Furman's 17-2 spurt with a layup that gave the Paladins a 66-48 margin with 3:42 to play.

Rafferty, who added four rebounds, three assists and three steals to his team-high 17 points, connected on 8-of-11 shots from the floor. Brown grabbed three boards and added four assists, while making good on 7-of-10 field goal attempts. Fowler scored nine points and Devin Sibley contributed nine to go with a team-best 10 rebounds.

The Paladins shot 55.4% from the field and recorded nine steals that led to a 26-6 edge in points off turnovers. Furman also managed a 34-21 rebounding edge and outscored the Mocs 44-34 in the paint.

Dixon led UTC with 21 points, while Rodney Chatman and Joshua Phillips scored 13 and 13, respectively. The Mocs shot 45.1% from the field, but committed 11 second half turnovers.

Furman caps its short two-game road swing on Saturday, January 13, with a 7 p.m. contest versus Wofford at the Richardson Indoor Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C. Saturday's game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and fans can also listen to the call on FoxSports 1440AM, via the TuneIn Radio app or through Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information