March 1, 2008
Charleston, S.C. - Dustin Scott scored 19 points, including 14 in the second half, and grabbed 10 rebounds to help College of Charleston upend Furman 77-59 in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday evening in the final game at the John Kresse Arena.
The Cougars improved to 14-16 overall and 9-11 in Southern Conference play while Furman dropped to 7-21 overall and 6-14 in the SoCon.
Charleston broke open a 41-39 game in the second half with a 16-0 run lasting more than six minutes to up the Cougar advantage to 57-39 on a Scott layup with just over 10 minutes remaining. The Cougars shot 54.5% in the second half and made 6-of-11 three-point attempts to outscore the Paladins 44-29 over the final 20 minutes.
Furman trailed just 33-30 at the intermission after shooting 42.3% from the floor, but finished the game at 37.7% (20-53) and made only 2-of-9 three-pointers over the final 20 minutes.
Senior George Brozos, playing his final regular season game for Furman, tallied a career-high 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Justin Dehm reached double figures with 10 points while Alex Opacic added nine points and seven rebounds. The Paladins made 14-of-16 free throws, but only 5-of-21 three-point attempts.
Tony White Jr. and Jeremy Simmons joined Scott in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Cougars shot 48.4% from the floor and 9-of-27 beyond the arc. Charleston fashioned a 37-35 edge on the boards.
The crowd of 3,043 witnesses the final game in the history of John Kresse Arena at the F. Mitchell Johnson Center as the Cougars will move to the new Carolina First Center next season.
Furman will open play in the 2008 Southern Conference Tournament on Friday against an opponent to be determined after the SoCon regular season concludes on Monday.