Feb. 18, 2008
Greenville, S.C. - George Brozos, Furman's lone senior, posted his second double-double in three games with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Paladins to a 67-61 victory over Wofford on Senior Night Monday evening at Timmons Arena.
Junior Alex Opacic added 14 points and 11 rebounds as Furman won its fourth game in its last five contests at Timmons Arena to improve to 6-20 overall and 5-12 in Southern Conference play. Wofford dropped to 14-13 overall and 7-10 inside the league.
Wofford trailed by just two points and had the basketball with under 30 seconds to play, but Opacic rejected Shane Nichols' driving layup and Jordan Miller sunk two free throws to push the lead back to four points. Brozos snagged a Drew Gibson miss on the next possession and followed with two free throws to finish off the Paladins' six-point victory.
Furman trailed by four points with under six minutes left when Wofford's Noah Dahlman scored in the paint. Justin Dehm answered with a three-pointer on the Paladins' next possession and after an exchange of turnovers Opacic muscled in a bucket and converted the three-point play at the foul line to give Furman a 58-56 lead with 3:43 left.
A Nichols jumper tied the game, but Opacic responded with a layup and Darryl Evans netted a pair on a breakaway layup to put Furman ahead 62-58 with under two minutes remaining.
Furman held a 44-37 edge on the glass and shot 44.6% from the field. Wofford shot just 31.3% from the floor and connected on just 7-of-22 three-point attempts. The Terriers notched 12 steals and Furman was guilty of 11 first half turnovers, but the Paladins committed just four turnovers after the break.
Dehm joined Brozos and Opacic in double figures with 13 points, including a 3-of-7 effort beyond the arc. The Paladins blocked six shots and made 6-of-25 three-point attempts.
Gibson and Junior Salters led the Terriers with 15 points apiece while Nichols and Corey Godzinski each added 11 points each. Dahlman scored seven points and grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds.
The game featured 14 lead changes, nine ties and neither team was able to build more than a six-point lead. Furman outscored the Terriers in the paint 28-24.
Wofford visits Chattanooga for a 7 p.m. contest Thursday at the McKenzie Arena. Furman travels to Appalachian State for a 7 p.m. battle at the Holmes Convocation Center on Thursday.