Feb. 27, 2010
Greenville, S.C. - Andrew Goudelock scored 15 points to lead four Cougars in double figures as the College of Charleston slipped past Furman 69-66 in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday afternoon on Carolina First Court at Timmons Arena.
College of Charleston finished the regular season at 20-10 overall and 14-4 in Southern Conference play while Furman finished at 13-16 overall and 7-11 in league play.
Trailing just 65-63 after Bryson Barnes connected on a jumper with 2:25 left, Furman stopped Charleston on the other end of the floor and Amu Saaka drew a two-shot foul. Furman, however, missed both free throws and three consecutive shots on it following possession before Goudelock drained a jumper and Tony White made two free throws to help the Cougars pull away in the final minute.
Goudelock paced the Cougars with 15 points despite making just 5-of-21 field goal attempts. Donavan Monroe netted 14 points while Jeremy Simmons and Willis Hall scored 10 apiece. CofC shot 45.2% (28-62) from the field, including 6-of-16 from three-point range, and made good on 7-of-9 trips to the foul line. The Cougars outscored Furman 38-24 in the paint and totaled 20 points off of 14 Paladin turnovers.
Miller buried 4-of-9 treys to score a game-high 20 points for the Paladins. Bryson Barnes posted a double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Saaka added nine points and nine rebounds.
The Paladins shot 36.4% from the field and made only 10-of-19 free throw attempts. Furman connected on 8-of-21 three-point attempts and out-rebounded the Cougars 45-37.
The Paladins rallied from a 14-point first half deficit to knot the game at 61-61 on Jordan Miller's trey with 3:41 left, but managed to score on just two of its final eight possessions.
The win was Charleston's fifth straight over Furman and its 23 in the last 26 meetings.
Furman will open play in the Southern Conference Tournament First Round on Friday at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C., but the Paladins will have to await the outcome of Monday night's Georgia Southern at UNC Greensboro contest before finding out their seed and opponent. Charleston will be the No. 2 seed from the SoCon South and will receive a first round bye.
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