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Defense Lifts Furman Over The Citadel, 59-44

Defense Lifts Furman Over The Citadel, 59-44

Feb. 25, 2010

Box Score

Greenville, S.C. - Furman held The Citadel to a season-low 24% shooting from the field and Jordan Miller and Amu Saaka tallied 16 and 14 points, respectively, to lead the Paladins past the Bulldogs 59-44 in Southern Conference men's basketball action on Thursday evening on Carolina First Court at Timmons Arena.

With the victory, Furman snapped a three-game skid against The Citadel and improved to 13-15 overall and 7-10 in SoCon play. The Citadel dipped to 15-14 overall and 9-8 in the league.

The Paladins, who limited The Citadel to 12-of-50 shooting from the floor on the night, fashioned a 26-14 halftime lead holding the Bulldogs to 16.7% shooting in the first half. Furman opened the second half on a 7-2 run to up its lead to 33-18 with 16:21 left before The Citadel used a 15-4 spurt to trim the deficit to 37-33 with 10:07 remaining.

From that point, Brandon Sebirumbi pushed the Paladins back into a seven-point lead and answered back-to-back Bulldog baskets with buckets in the paint. Furman upped its advantage to 52-41 and Justin Dehm put the game away by burying a trey from the right corner to give the Paladins a 55-41 advantage with 2:00 minutes to play.

Miller connected on 7-of-12 shots to total 16 points and seven rebounds. Saaka notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards while Darryl Evans made good on 5-of-6 trips to the foul line to tally 10 points. Sebirumbi scored all of his nine points in the second half.

The Paladins, who held a 37-34 edge on the boards, shot 42.2% (19-45) from the field and 17-of-27 from the charity stripe. Furman committed just eight turnovers and recorded five blocked shots.

Harrison DuPont led The Citadel with 15 points and eight rebounds while Cameron Wells added 11 points and six boards. The Bulldogs made just 2-of-12 three-point attempts.

The Citadel travels to face Wofford at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Spartanburg, S.C. Furman will conclude the 2009-10 regular season hosting College of Charleston on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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