GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Junior Taylor Petty scored a season-best 20 points as Furman held off East Tennessee State, 57-55, in overtime Saturday in the Paladins' home finale at Timmons Arena.
The victory, the fourth straight and sixth in the last seven games for Furman (16-10, 8-3 SoCon), guarantees a winning season for head coach Jackie Carson's Paladins and leaves Furman in sole possession of second place in the SoCon.
With the Paladins trailing by seven midway through the second period, junior Le'Jzae Davidson scored seven-straight points to ignite a 14-0 Furman run. After drawing a foul, Davidson nailed two free throws, then an ETSU turnover led to a Davidson three-pointer. ETSU committed a foul away from the shot on the play, and Davidson tossed in a jumper to swing the momentum toward the Paladins.
Furman led by four, 28-24, at the half, but the Bucs came on strong to open the second half, scoring the first 10 points of the third period, including six consecutive points by Raven Dean. The Paladins held the Bucs scoreless for the rest of the period, adding 13 points, to take a 41-34 lead heading into the fourth period.
ETSU cut into the Furman lead, eventually taking a two point lead off two free throws by Erica Haynes-Overton with just 2:46 remaining in regulation. Furman freshman Sutton West nailed consecutive free throws to tie the game at 49-all, then the Bucs went up by two off a layup by Brittany Snowden.
Petty hit a clutch three-pointer with 1:19 left to put the Paladins up by one, then sophomore guard Jarya Outten made a three pointer to extend the Furman advantage to two, 53-51. A jumper by Micah Scheetz with 24 seconds remaining tied the game at 53 and the teams traded missed shots to head to overtime.
Furman outscored ETSU, 4-2, in overtime for the win. After a free throw by Lexus Spears gave the Bucs a one-point lead, sophomore Tierra Hodges tied the game with a free throw, and the Paladins never trailed. Sophomore Celena Taborn put the Paladins ahead with a layup then drew a foul on the next play, sealing the win with a free throw.
Davidson added 14 points in the win to pass the 1,200 career point mark, and Hodges paced the Paladins with 14 rebounds.
Snowden led the Bucs with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Haynes-Overton added 10 points in the loss.
Furman concludes the regular season with a 12-3 record in Timmons Arena this year. The Paladins finish the season with a three-game road swing beginning next Saturday at Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information