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Men's Basketball Holds Off The Citadel To Complete Regular Season Sweep, 71-61

Alex Hunter
Alex Hunter

Charleston, S.C. -- Furman opened the second half on a 16-2 run to build a 19-point lead on its way to a 71-61 victory over The Citadel in Southern Conference men's basketball action Thursday night at McAlister Field House in Charleston, S.C.

With its seventh true road win of the season, Furman completed the regular season sweep of The Citadel to improve to 17-5 overall and 6-4 in league play. The Bulldogs fell to 10-11 overall and 2-8 in the SoCon.

After carrying a 34-29 lead into halftime, Furman held the Bulldogs to just two points in the opening five minutes of the second half and sophomore Clay Mounce opened and closed the Paladins' 16-2 spurt from behind the arc to extend the lead to 50-31 with 14:56 to play. The Citadel used an 8-0 run midway through the period to trim the margin to eight points and trailed by only six points at 67-61 after a pair of free throws with 3:31 to go, but the Paladins held the Bulldogs without a field over the final 4:20 to claim the victory.

Jordan Lyons paced the Paladins with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting, while Mounce and point guard Alex Hunter each tallied 17 points and five assists. Hunter finished 5-of-8 from three-point range and did not commit a turnover in 35 minutes of action. Matt Rafferty added eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Furman shot 45.5% from the field and held the Bulldogs to 40.2% shooting, including 5-for-19 behind the arc. The Paladins outscored The Citadel 14-6 in transition and forced 19 Bulldog turnovers.

Lew Stallworth led The Citadel with 19 points and center Zane Najdawi added 14 points and nine rebounds.

Furman continues its three-game road swing on Saturday when it visits Mercer. Tip-off at Hawkins Arena in Macon, Ga. is slated for 4 p.m.

Saturday's games will be streamed live on ESPN+ and can be heard on the Furman IMG Sports Network with Dan Scott and Tom Van Hoy calling the action. Fans can listen on FoxSports 1440AM, via Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com or by using the TuneIn Radio app.