Jan. 7, 2010
Elon, N.C. - Furman held Elon to 33.9% shooting from the floor and converted on 13-of-17 second half free throw attempts to down the Phoenix 53-48 in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Thursday evening at Alumni Gym.
The win, Furman's third consecutive victory and second straight SoCon road win, improved the Paladins to 8-6 overall and 2-1 in league play. Elon, who has dropped nine of its last 10 games, fell to 3-11 overall and 1-2 in the SoCon.
With the Paladins trailing 45-44, Jordan Miller drew a three-shot foul and made all three free throws to put Furman in front 47-45 with 5:12 remaining in the game. After Devan Carter tied the game on a jumper with under four minutes to go, Darryl Evans answered with a jumper of his own to give the Paladins the lead for good at 49-47 with 3:22 left.
Miller, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., led the way for Furman with 11 points to go with five rebounds while Barnes contributed 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Freshman Colin Reddick grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and Saaka added eight points and 10 boards.
Furman converted on 18-of-52 (34.6%) field goal attempts and made just 4-of-20 three-point tries, but held a commanding 47-33 edge on the glass and reached the foul line 17 times in the second half.
Elon's Drew Spradlin led all scorers with 12 points. Carter and Chris Long scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Furman held the Phoenix to 20-of-59 (33.9%) shooting from the floor, including just 2-of-16 from three-point range. The Phoenix also made only 6-of-13 free throws.
Furman held Elon without a basket for the opening 6:25 while building up an 8-0 lead before the Phoenix recovered to claim a 25-24 halftime advantage. The two teams traded runs early in the second half. Furman used another 8-0 spurt to take a 34-27 lead, but Elon countered with a 9-0 outburst to pull back ahead at 36-34 with 9:50 left in the game. Neither team would lead by more than four points the rest of the way until Saaka's free throws with under one second left gave Furman the final five-point margin.
Furman will go in search of its fourth straight win and third straight Southern Conference road victory when it faces UNC Greensboro on Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
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