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Furman Clips Gardner-Webb In Overtime, 88-86

Clay Mounce
Clay Mounce

Highlights

Postgame Press Conference (Coach Richey)

Postgame Press Conference (Players)

Greenville, S.C. -- Clay Mounce poured in a career-high 26 points and senior Matt Rafferty matched a career-best with 24 to help the Furman men's basketball team edge Gardner-Webb, 88-86, in overtime Tuesday night at Timmons Arena.

The victory improved the Paladins to 3-0 on the season, while the Runnin' Bulldogs dropped to 0-3 with their third straight road loss.

Trailing 83-80 with under 2:30 left in overtime, Jordan Lyons drained his only three-pointer of the night for Furman to tie the game. He stole the ball from Eric Jamison Jr. on Gardner-Webb's next possession and converted on the coast-to-coast layup to put the Paladins in front 85-83 with 1:43 to play. After Tre Clark rebounded a Gardner-Webb miss on the defensive end, Rafferty pulled down Mounce's missed jumper on the other end of the floor and Mounce followed Rafferty's miss with a tip-in to push the Furman advantage to 87-83 with 23 seconds to go.

David Efianayi connected on a trey from the right wing to trim the Furman lead back to 87-86 and the Bulldogs fouled Lyons on the inbounds pass to send the junior to the foul line with 13 seconds remaining. After Lyons made 1-of-2 to extend the margin to 88-86, Efianayi penetrated into the paint and dished the ball to Jamison, but he fumbled away the pass to Mounce who was fouled with less than four seconds to play. Mounce missed both free throws, but Jamison's last second heave came up short as time expired.

The Paladins shot 53% from the field and connected on 8-of-23 three-point tries in the victory, while Gardner-Webb made good on 50% of its shots and hit on 9-of-22 attempts from three-point range. Furman managed a 50-46 edge in points in the paint, but the Bulldogs held a 15-10 edge in points off turnovers and 13-7 advantage in second chance points.

Mounce finished 11-of-18 from the field, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, and added six boards, two assists and two blocks to go with his 26 points. Rafferty, who scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half, grabbed 10 rebounds to notch his first double-double of the season and also contributed six assists. Freshman Noah Gurley tallied 12 points and six rebounds to round out Furman's list of double-figure scorers, while Lyons and Alex Hunter netted eight points apiece.

The Paladins built a 13-point halftime lead by shooting 64.5% in the opening period and led by as many as 14 points early in the second half before Gardner-Webb rallied. The Runnin' Bulldogs used a 16-6 run midway through the second half to tie the game and never trailed by more than five points the rest of the way. Down five points with 1:08 left, Efianayi hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to two and drained both of his free throws on Gardner-Webb's next possession with under 30 seconds left to force overtime.

Jose Perez tallied 23 points to lead six Bulldogs in double figures. Efianayi scored 16 and DJ Laster added 15 points.

Furman continues its homestand on Thursday when it hosts North Greenville in Timmons Arena at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at FurmanPaladins.com and at the Timmons Arena Box Office.