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Wofford Edges Furman In Paladins' Home Finale, 72-64

Wofford Edges Furman In Paladins' Home Finale, 72-64

Greenville, S.C. -- Wofford raced out to an 11-point halftime lead and held on to down Furman, 72-64, before a sellout crowd of 2,508 in the Paladins' home finale Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.

With the win, the Terriers improved to 24-4 overall and 16-0 in the Southern Conference, while Furman slipped to 22-6 overall and 11-5 in the league.

Seniors Fletcher Magee and Cameron Jackson combined for 22 points in the first half to push Wofford to a 39-28 lead at intermission. The Terriers held Furman to 1-of-8 shooting from three-point range in the opening 20 minutes and outscored Furman by a 9-2 margin on second chance points in the first half.

After falling behind 42-28 early in the second half, Furman used an 18-7 run to trim the deficit to 49-46 on a jumper by Jordan Lyons with 12:47 remaining. Lyons, who became the school's single season leader in three-point basket at 89 with his two treys on Saturday, totaled seven points during the run.

Furman got back-to-back looks from three-point range with a chance to tie the game on the next possession. Following misses from Jalen Slawson and Lyons, the Paladins forced another stop on the defensive end, but a Furman turnover, Chevez Goodwin basket and three-point play by Keve Aluma helped the Terriers extend their lead to 54-46. Matt Rafferty answered with a triple to cut the margin back to five before three consecutive Wofford baskets built the lead back to double digits. The Paladins got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Magee hit on 5-of-13 three-point attempts to net a team-high 23 points and Jackson added 18 points and nine boards. Aluma rounded out the Terriers' double-figure scorers with 11 points.

Rafferty, playing in his final regular season game at Timmons Arena, made 9-of-17 shots from the floor to finish with 24 points, seven boards, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Lyons tallied 16 points and Clay Mounce added 12 points.

Furman shot 46.2% from the floor and connected on 6-of-19 three-point tries, while Wofford made 46.7% of its field goal attempts, including a 9-for-30 effort behind the arc.

Prior to the game, Furman honored seniors Andrew Brown, Rafferty, Brady Schuck and Jalen Williams, who helped the Paladins to an 87-44 record over the past four years and a 51-10 mark at Timmons Arena.

The Paladins close the regular season with a Thursday road trip to Samford and Saturday, March 2, clash at Chattanooga.