Furman Cruises Past VMI, 89-57

Tre Clark
Tre Clark

Lexington, Va. -- Junior Jordan Lyons tallied 21 points to pace five Paladins in double figures as Furman cruised to an 89-57 victory over VMI Thursday night at Cameron Hall in Lexington, Va.

With its seventh straight win over the Keydets and fourth straight at Cameron Hall, Furman improved to 15-2 overall and 4-1 in the Southern Conference. VMI slipped to 6-10 overall and 0-4 in league play.

The Paladins, who led wire-to-wire, hit 15-of-34 three-point attempts, converted on 16-of-17 trips to the foul line and held VMI's Bubba Parham, the SoCon's leading scorer at 21.9 points per game, to just one field goal and six total points.

Leading 21-18 with under four minutes to play in the first half, Furman reeled off a 17-3 run before carrying a 38-24 margin into halftime and scored the first seven points of the second half to extend the spurt to a 24-6 run that gave the Paladins a 45-24 lead. The Paladins shot 53.3% in the second half and made all 11 of its second half free throw tries to up its advantage to as many as 32 points.

Lyons connected on 7-of-15 shots to lead the way with 21 points, while Clay Mounce went 6-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-5 from three-point range to finish with 16 points. Tre Clark tallied a career-high 13 points and Andrew Brown added 11 points. Senior Matt Rafferty registered 10 points and notched a school record-tying seven steals in 28 minutes of action.

The Paladins scored 20 points off of 18 VMI turnovers, and Furman committed just 11 miscues of its own. Clark's 13 points highlighted a 34-point effort by the Furman bench.

Jake Stephens led VMI with 15 points and Myles Lewis and Garrett Gilkeson reached double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Keydets shot just 36.8% from the field, including 5-for-22 behind the arc.

Furman will face UNCG (14-3, 3-1 SoCon) on ESPN3 Saturday at 5 p.m. in Greensboro, N.C. The contest will mark the 34th meeting between the Paladins and Spartans with UNCG holding a 17-16 series lead. The Spartans have won three straight versus Furman, including an 80-67 decision at Timmons Arena in the last meeting on February 7, 2018.

Saturday's game can be heard on the Furman IMG Sports Network with Dan Scott and Tom Van Hoy calling the action. Fans can listen on FoxSports 1440AM, via Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com or by using the TuneIn Radio app.