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Mercer Downs Furman, 75-60

Jackie Carson
Jackie Carson

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Amanda Thompson scored 19 points and and Mercer used an early third quarter surge to take control en route to a 75-60 win over Furman in women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.

The victory completed a perfect first half SoCon season run for Mercer (14-7, 7-0 SoCon) and halted an eight-game conference home winning streak for Furman (12-10, 4-3 SoCon) dating from last season.

With the score tied 32-32 at intermission, Mercer opened the second half with a 10-0 run on a strength of a pair of baskets by Thompson, including a layup at the 6:00 mark to give the Bears a 42-32 lead.

Furman managed to cut the advantage to single digits only once the rest of the way, when Taylor Petty drained a pair of free throws wth 21 seconds go in the third period to pull the Paladins to within 54-46.  The Bears, however, quickly answered with a Shannon Titus jump shot to close the period with a 56-46 advantage.

Thompson's 19-point effort led all scorers. Titus and Calloway followed with 18 points apiece for the Bears, who used 14 offensive rebounds and a 15-7 advantage in turnovers to help register a 21-shot advantage (67-46) and finish the contest with a 46.3 percent shooting clip.

Furman got 15 points from Le'Jzae Davidson and 10 each from Milca Manojlovic amd Tierra Hodges, who matched Thompson for game high rebounding honors with 11.

The Paladins, who outscored the Bears by 15 points at the free throw line, draining 23-of-32 chances, shot just 34.8 percent from the field (16x46).

Furman plays at Western Carolina next Thursday.