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Late Run Lifts UNCG Over Furman, 71-61

John Davis III
John Davis III

Greensboro, N.C. -- UNCG used a 17-1 run to erase a four-point Furman lead as the Spartans downed the Paladins 71-61 in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Back-to-back baskets by Matt Rafferty put Furman in front and Daniel Fowler capped a 7-0 run with a three-pointer to give the Paladins a 54-50 lead with 9:54 to play. Furman, however, failed to score another basket for over eight minutes as UNCG took control of the game.

Marvin Smith buried a three and Francis Alonso scored in the paint to put the Spartans in front 55-54. A Demetrius Troy jumper and a pair of James Dickey free throws pushed the margin to 59-54 before Geoff Beans made a free throw for the Paladins with 5:09 to play. UNCG followed by making 7-of-8 free throws over the next 3:30 minutes to up its lead to 12 at 67-55 en route to the 10-point win.

Alonso led the Spartans with 17 points, five boards and four assists, while Marvin Smith added 13 points to go with five rebounds. Dickey grabbed nine rebounds to go with 12 points and Troy added 11 points to round out UNCG's double figure scorers.

Furman (14-7, 5-3 SoCon) took a 34-32 halftime lead on Daniel Fowler's buzzer-beating tip-in. UNCG opened the second period on a 9-2 run to take a 41-36 lead before Furman rallied to grab the lead with under 10 minutes left.

UNCG (15-5, 6-1 SoCon) shot 46.8% and converted on 21-of-28 free throw attempts. The Spartans managed a 33-28 rebounding advantage and scored 12 points off Paladin turnovers in the second half.

John Davis III led the Paladins with 19 points and a career-best seven rebounds. Rafferty added 14 points and five boards, but the Paladins shot just 41.8%, including a 6-for-23 effort from long range.

Furman returns home to host Western Carolina on Saturday, January 27, at 4 p.m. at Timmons Arena. Tickets for next Saturday's matchup versus the Catamounts are available at FurmanPaladins.com.

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