Feb. 13, 2010
Chattanooga, Tenn. - Junior Jordan Miller poured in a career-high 31 points to help Furman down Chattanooga 87-78 in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Saturday evening at the McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The win, Furman's fourth road victory of the season and fifth away from Carolina First Court at Timmons Arena, helped the Paladins improve to 12-13 overall and 6-8 in the SoCon. Chattanooga fell to 13-14 overall and 5-9 in league play.
Miller connected on 10-of-18 shots from the floor, including 4-of-7 from three-point range, as the Paladins converted on a season-best 53.7% (29-54) of their field goal attempts. Furman made 9-of-20 three-point attempts and 20-of-32 free throw attempts to secure its third win in its last five trips to the McKenzie Arena.
Chattanooga jumped out to a 5-0 advantage and led 25-21 with 2:41 remaining in the first half before the Paladins, behind eight points from junior Amu Saaka, pieced together an 11-2 run to carry a 32-27 lead into intermission.
The Paladins blistered the nets in the second half shooting 63.0% (17-27) from the field to score a season best 55 second half points. Furman pushed its advantage to as many as 16 points at 67-51 before settling for a nine-point win.
Saaka, 7-of-11 from the floor, joined Miller in double figures scoring 19 points to go with seven rebounds. Neil Duval came off of the bench to hit 4-of-5 shots and score eight points. The Paladins held a 37-33 edge on the boards.
DeAntre Jefferson led four Mocs in double figures with 15 points. Keegan Bell and Ricky Taylor netted 14 points apiece while Ty Patterson added 12 points. Chattanooga shot 45.9% (28-61) from the field, but managed to hit just 6-of-19 three-point attempts and only 16-of-28 free throws.
Furman continues its three-game road trip when it travels to Statesboro, Ga., to face the Georgia Southern Eagles on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Paladins topped the Eagles 69-45 in the first meeting of the season between the schools on January 16, in Greenville.
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