Feb. 6, 2010
Greenville, S.C. - Senior TJ Douglas totaled 21 points and 13 rebounds to guide Elon past Furman, 66-55, in Southern Conference men's basketball action before a crowd of 2,231 Saturday evening on Carolina First Court at Timmons Arena.
The victory, just the second in the last 13 outings for Elon, improved the Phoenix to 5-17 overall and 3-8 in SoCon play. Furman, which had its three-game home court winning streak snapped, slipped to 11-12 overall and 5-7 in the league.
The Phoenix connected on 9-of-18 three-point attempts and shot 41.2% (21-51) from the field on the night while Furman made just 2-of-19 shots from long distance and converted just 33.3% (19-57) of its field goal attempts.
Douglas posted a near perfect night, connecting on 6-of-6 field goals, including 5-for-5 beyond the arc, and made 4-of-5 free throw attempts. He was joined in double figures by Drew Spradlin with 14 points and Chris Long with 11. Scott Grable came off of the bench to total seven points and 11 rebounds as the Phoenix out-rebounded Furman 43-37.
Elon shot 46.7% in the first half to forge a 35-25 lead at intermission. Furman trimmed the margin down to five points on several occasions and trailed just 51-49 with 4:52 left before the Phoenix went on a 12-1 run to open up a 63-50 advantage on Long's free throw with 1:28 remaining. Following Justin Dehm's three-pointer, the first of the game for Furman, at the 4:52 mark, the Paladins failed to score another basket until Amu Saaka drained a three with 1:08 left.
Saaka led Furman with a game-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Jordan Miller added 11 points, three assists and three rebounds, but connected on just 5-of-17 shots from the floor.
Elon returns home to host Western Carolina on Monday at 7 p.m. Furman hosts Wofford on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised live on WMYA My 40.
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.