Nov. 6, 2009
Greenville, S.C. - Junior Jordan Miller poured in 20 points to pace three Paladins in double figures as Furman downed Newberry College 91-68 in exhibition men's basketball action Friday evening on Carolina First Court at Timmons Arena.
Leading 43-33 at intermission after shooting 57.7% (15-26 ) from the field over the opening 20 minutes, Furman began the second half on a 14-4 run, capped by a Miller three-pointer with 13:31 remaining, to open up a 57-37 margin. The Paladins, who led by as many as 27 in the second half, shot 50.8% (31-61) from the floor on the night and converted on 13-of-26 three-point attempts.
Miller connected on 7-of-15 field goal attempts, including 6-of-11 from three-point range, to go with three rebounds and three assists. Juniors Justin Dehm and Amu Saaka added 15 and 13 points, respectively, while Darryl Evans and Bryson Barnes each tallied nine points for the Paladins. Saaka paced all players with eight rebounds to help Furman to a 42-41 edge on the glass and Dehm dished out a game-high six assists.
Forward Stephane Bakinde tallied a game-high 20 points, including 17 in the first half, and chipped in six rebounds for Newberry. Danny Huffor added 13 points for the scarlet and grey.
The Paladins limited Newberry to 32.8% shooting from the field and forced 22 turnovers, but Newberry managed to connect on 25-of-34 free throw attempts. Furman made good on just 16 of its 27 trips to the charity stripe and also committed 22 turnovers.
Furman begins regular season play next Friday when it hosts NCAA Division II member Lees-McRae College on Carolina First Court at Timmons Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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