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Second Half Rally Lifts Furman Over UNC Greensboro, 72-64

Second Half Rally Lifts Furman Over UNC Greensboro, 72-64

Feb. 4, 2010

Box Score

Greenville, S.C. - Furman held UNC Greensboro to 22.6% shooting in the second half and outscored the Spartans 45-28 over the final 20 minutes as the Paladins erased a 17-point deficit to claim a 72-64 victory in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Carolina First Court at Timmons Arena Thursday evening.

The win, Furman's third straight at home, improved the Paladins to 11-11 overall and 5-6 in SoCon play while avenging an 88-78 loss to the Spartans in Greensboro, N.C., last month. UNC Greensboro fell to 5-17 overall and 4-7 in league play.

Trailing 34-17 with under four minutes to go in the first half, Noah States buried a three-pointer to ignite a 20-2 Furman rally and Justin Dehm capped the spurt, which included five three-pointers, with a trey at the 15:25 mark of the second half to give the Paladins their first lead of the game at 37-36.

The teams traded the lead six times over the next three minutes before Furman grabbed the advantage for good on Amu Saaka's jumper with 12:05 remaining to put the Paladins ahead 43-42. The basket started a 6-0 run and Furman increased its margin to as many as 12 points with less then five minutes to play before the Spartans trimmed the lead to 67-64 with 30 second remaining. Jordan Miller sealed the victory by converting on 7-of-8 trips to the foul line in the final 48 seconds.

Saaka paced the Paladins with 21 points and eight rebounds while Miller added 17 points and seven boards. Dehm contributed 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting as the Paladins shot 48.1% (25-52) from the field and 36.8% (7-19) from beyond the arc. Furman blistered the nets after intermission hitting 16-of-25 second half shots from the field.

Kendall Toney scored 17 points to lead four Spartans in double figures. Kyle Randall tallied 14 points and five assists, Mikko Koivisto scored 11 points and Ben Stywall notched a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

UNC Greensboro shot just 34.5% (20-58) from the floor and connected on only 7-of-31 shots after intermission. The Spartans made 8-of-20 attempts from three-point range.

Each team committed 13 turnovers and the rebounding battle finished knotted at 37-37.

UNCG travels to Spartanburg, S.C., to face Wofford on Saturday at 7 p.m. Furman continues its three-game homestand hosting the Elon Phoenix on Saturday at 8:05 p.m. The game will be televised live on WMYA My 40 and simulcast on CSS.

Live statistical updates and play-by-play of all Furman home games are available for free through GameTracker at www.furmanpaladins.com. Furman Paladins basketball can be heard live at WOLT-FM 103.3 and WGOG-FM 96.3.