Nov. 13, 2009
Greenville, S.C. - Jordan Miller tallied 23 points and Justin Dehm added 17 as Furman rolled past Lees-McRae 88-49 in the Paladins' season opener on Friday evening on Carolina First Court at Timmons Arena.
Furman connected on 13-of-26 attempts from three-point range, including five treys apiece from Miller and Dehm, to down the NCAA Division II Bobcats of Conference Carolinas in the first meeting between the schools on the hardwood.
A 13-0 Furman run, keyed by a pair of Dehm three-pointers, helped turn a 19-16 Paladin lead at the 8:56 mark of the first half into a 32-16 advantage when Chris Toler buried a jumper with 4:56 left in the period. After leading 44-25 at the break, the Paladins shot 50% from the floor in the second half and made 6-of-13 attempts from long range to extend their advantage to the final 39-point margin.
Miller, who added seven rebounds, made 6-of-12 shots from the floor and 5-of-9 beyond the arc while Dehm hit 6-of-14 field goals and 5-of-8 three-point attempts. Brandon Sebirumbi reached double figures with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Junior Amu Saaka chipped in nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds in his first game as a Paladin while Bryson Barnes contributed nine points and eight rebounds.
Daniel Sepokas paced Lees-McRae with 12 points, including a 5-of-6 effort at the foul line. Sam Youse added eight points and five boards.
Furman managed a 42-35 edge on the boards and held the Bobcats to 31% (18-58) shooting from the field. Furman connected on 46.7% (28-60) shots and 19-of-22 trips to the foul line.
The win marked Furman's 27th consecutive victory against non-division I competition and its fifth victory in its last six season openers.
The Paladins continue their three-game homestand on Tuesday night when they host Big South member Presbyterian for the first time since the 1994-95 campaign. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. for the 70th meeting between the upstate rivals.
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