Greenville, S.C. — Furman drained 17 three-pointers and dished out a school-record 31 assists en route to a 107-67 victory over rival The Citadel in the Paladins’ Southern Conference home opener on Thursday night at Timmons Arena.
Senior Devin Sibley poured in a game-high 26 points to go with 10 boards and five assists, while sophomore Jordan Lyons connected on five triples to post a career-high 20 points to help Furman to its most points versus a SoCon foe since a 109-89 victory over Richmond in 1973. Sibley passed former Paladin standouts Clyde Mayes and Byron Pinson to move into 12th on Furman’s career scoring ledger with 1,609 points.
Trailing 30-29 with 6:17 left in the first half, Furman reeled off 17 straight points and finished the period on a 50-19 run to erase an early 14-6 deficit and grab a 56-33 lead at intermission. The Paladins held The Citadel without a basket for the final 6:17 of the period and Sibley contributed 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting in the opening 20 minutes. The Citadel committed 13 turnovers in the opening period that led to 21 Paladin points.
Furman (11-4, 2-0 SoCon), winners in 18 of its last 19 SoCon home games, posted a 26-6 edge in points off turnovers and outscored the Bulldogs 44-20 in the paint. The Paladins shot 54.9% from the field and matched the school record for made three-point baskets versus an NCAA Division I opponent by connecting on 17-of-40 shots behind the arc.
Andrew Brown scored 12 points and dished out six assists, while Daniel Fowler totaled 11 points. Matt Rafferty fashioned his fourth double-double of the campaign with 10 points and 11 rebounds. He added seven of Furman’s record 31 assists.
Quayson Williams paced The Citadel (5-9, 0-2 SoCon) with 15 points and Kaelon Harris added 10. The Bulldogs shot just 36.5% and were out-rebounded 45-36.
Furman continues its brief homestand on Saturday, January 6, at 4:30 p.m. when it entertains the Mercer Bears at Timmons Arena. Thursday’s game, the second half of a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader at Timmons Arena, will be streamed live on ESPN3 with play-by-play voice Dan Scott calling the action and Bryant Lambert providing color commentary. Fans can also listen to the call on FoxSports 1440AM, via the TuneIn Radio app or through Stretch Audio at FurmanPaladins.com.
Tickets for the game are available at the Timmons Arena Box Office or can be purchased online at FurmanPaladins.com.