Nov. 27, 2009
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Junior Jordan Miller tallied 20 points, including 15 in the second half, and Furman converted on 25-of-31 trips to the foul line to hold off UNC Asheville 72-66 to snap a 20-game road losing streak on Friday evening at the Justice Center.
The win improved Furman to 4-1 on the season and gave the Paladins their first road triumph since claiming a victory at The Citadel on February 28, 2008. UNC Asheville fell to 0-5 on the season.
Miller, who also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, keyed an 11-0 Furman run late in the second half to turn a 46-45 deficit with six minutes left into a 57-46 lead on a driving layup with 3:01 remaining. After Furman built a four-point advantage on a pair of Justin Dehm free throws, Miller buried a three-pointer with 4:12 left to give the Paladins their largest lead of the game to that point at 53-46. Following two free throws on the next possession, the Memphis, Tenn., native created a turnover and converted the layup to put the game out of reach.
Furman made 24-of-27 shots from the charity stripe in the second half and buried 7-of-16 three-point attempts on the night to snap a three-game skid against the Bulldogs and earn its second victory ever at the Justice Center.
Bryson Barnes connected on 5-of-10 field goal attempts and 6-of-6 free throws to join Miller in double figures with 17 points while Dehm made 9-of-10 free throws to register 15 points to go with three assists. The Paladins shot 40.0% (20-50) from the field and committed just 13 turnovers on the night.
UNCA, led by J.P. Primm's 20 points, shot 43.3% from the floor and was guilty of 14 turnovers. The Bulldogs managed a 37-33 edge on the boards. Chris Stephenson and John Williams joined Primm in double figures with 16 and 12 points, respectively.
Furman held a 28-27 advantage at the half, but neither team led by more than four points until Miller's trey with under five minutes remaining gave the Paladins a seven-point cushion.
Furman wraps up its three-game road trip and opens Southern Conference play on December 3, when it travels to face Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. Tip-off at the Holmes Convocation Center is set for 7 p.m.
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