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No. 23 Furman Rolls Past UNCW For Nation-Leading 12th Straight Victory, 93-50

Clay Mounce
Clay Mounce

Greenville, S.C. -- Sophomore Clay Mounce matched a career-high with 26 points and added 10 rebounds as No. 23 Furman rolled to a 93-50 victory over UNCW to claim its nation-leading 12th consecutive victory Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.

One of nine unbeaten teams remaining in NCAA Division I, the Paladins (12-0) fashioned their first 12-game winning streak since the 1952-53 season and claimed their 18th consecutive regular season win.

Mounce, a native of Elkin, N.C., drained 6-of-11 three-point attempts to pace the Paladins to 17 triples, tied for the third most in school history. The 6-foot-7 forward dished out five assists, notched two blocks and recorded two steals in addition to his 26 points and 10 boards.

Furman took control of the game with a 14-2 first half run that started with a pair of Mounce triples and ended with another three-pointer by the forward to stake the Paladins to a 28-12 lead with 4:58 left in the first half.

After UNCW trimmed Furman's 40-23 halftime advantage down to 45-35 on Davontae Cacok's dunk with 15:33 to play, the Paladins put the game out of reach with a 42-9 run that upped the lead to 87-44 on Jordan Lyons' trey with 3:43 left.  Lyons and Mounce started the streak with three-pointers before Alex Hunter finished on the fast break off of an assist from Mounce. Hunter, Andrew Brown and Matt Rafferty also added triples during the run to help Furman to its largest margin of victory versus a Division I opponent since an 85-37 win over Western Carolina during the 2016-17 campaign.

Lyons and Hunter connected on four three-pointers apiece to tally 16 and 14 points, respectively, while Rafferty added 13 points, a game-high 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Brown netted eight points and Jalen Williams came off the bench to total eight points and six boards.

Furman shot 47.4% from the floor, including 56.8% in the second half, and connected on 17-of-46 three-point tries. The Paladins, who finished with just five turnovers, forced the Seahawks into 15 miscues and posted a 25-2 edge in points off turnovers. Rafferty and Mounce's double-figure rebounding performances also helped Furman to a 47-36 edge on the glass and 17-9 advantage in second chance points.

UNCW shot only 35% and made just 2-of-13 three-point attempts. Cacok led the Seahawks with 11 points and five rebounds.

Furman will conclude non-conference play with an 8 p.m. EST meeting against the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, La., on Friday, December 21. The match-up will be streamed live on the SEC Network+ and can be heard at FoxSports 1440AM, through Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com and via the TuneIn Radio app.