Greenville, S.C. – Junior Mike Bothwell poured in a career-high 32 points to power Furman to a 78-66 victory over ETSU on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena as the Paladins strengthened their hold on first place in the Southern Conference standings.
With their 19th consecutive victory at Timmons Arena, Furman improved to 10-3 overall and maintained sole possession in the SoCon standings at 4-0. The Bucs slipped to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Trailing 58-57 with 10 minutes to play, Furman ended the game on a 21-8 run, including 13 points from Bothwell, to claim its fifth win in the last six meetings with ETSU at Timmons Arena. The Paladins held the Bucs to only three field goals over the final 11:13 of the second half as part of a game-ending 26-11 spurt.
Back-to-back baskets from Bothwell gave Furman the lead before a Marcus Foster free throw and Jalen Slawson layup with 6:52 left stretched the advantage to 64-60. Bothwell sliced to the basket from the right wing for a two-handed slam on Furman’s next possession, and Alex Hunter followed a pair of Buccaneer free throws with a jumper in the lane and a three-pointer to put Furman in front 71-64 with 3:49 to go. The Paladins capped the game with seven straight points from Bothwell to secure the win.
Bothwell connected on 11-of-19 shots from the field and made good on 8-of-9 trips to the foul line to total his career-best 32 points. Hunter finished 6-of-9 from the floor to score 15 points, Clay Mounce added 14 points and nine rebounds and Slawson reached double figures with 11 points.
The Paladins shot 51.8% from the field, converted on 12-of-15 trips to the foul line and outscored the Bucs 18-8 on second chance points behind a 35-30 rebounding edge. ETSU shot 45.6%, but connected on just 4-of-20 three-point tries and 10-of-18 trips to the charity stripe.
Serrel Smith, David Sloan and Vonnie Patterson scored 13 points apiece for ETSU. Ty Brewer added 12 points and Damari Monsanto finished with 11 to give the Bucs five players in double figures.
Furman begins a two-game road trip on Wednesday when it faces the VMI Keydets in Lexington, Va., on ESPN+. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and fans can listen to the “Voice of the Paladins”, Dan Scott, deliver the play-by-play call on ESPN Upstate at 97.7 FM/1330 AM in Greenville, 97.1 FM/ 950 AM in Spartanburg, and thru the Radio.com app.
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