Greenville, S.C. – Furman’s Le’Jzae Davidson scored a game-high 28 points, including ten crucial free throws over the final 1:32 of the game, to lead the Paladins to a 76-68 win over Presbyterian College at Timmons Arena on Wednesday night. Freshman Shamani Stafford scored a collegiate-best 24 points to lead the Blue Hose.
How It Happened
It was a game of runs with eight lead changes and four ties. After Furman built an early 10-4 lead, PC used an 8-0 run to take a 12-10 lead with 3:48 left in the first. Stafford had a pair of threes and Bria Gibbs added a layup during the run.
The Paladins then replied with a 7-0 run over the next three minutes and held a five-point lead, 20-15, after one quarter.
After trading baskets, the Blue Hose went on a 9-0 run that was capped by a long two-point basket from Stafford at 4:41 and saw PC leading 26-22.
Furman then replied again with an 8-0 run to take a 30-26 lead with 2:42 remaining in the half. Gibbs broke a two-minute scoring drought for PC with a contested layup and subsequent free throw. Stafford then hit another three to record her 17th point of the first half and gave PC a 32-30 lead just before halftime.
Furman regained the lead with a 9-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Taylor Petty that gave the home team a 41-38 lead at 6:33.
Stafford tied the game at 41 apiece with her 20th point of the game on a three-pointer just thirty seconds later.
Back-to-back jumpers from Hall gave PC a 47-46 lead with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter.
Furman ended the quarter on a 7-0 run with four points coming in the paint and three coming behind the arc for Davidson to regain the lead.
Hall scored twice and Tess Santos added a layup as PC opened the fourth on a 6-2 run to cut the lead to one basket, 55-53, with 6:21 left. But that was the closest the game would get, as Furman sank 12 free throws over the final 92 seconds to hold off the late push from PC.
For The Record
Presbyterian College fell to 2-9 on the season, while Furman improved to 8-6.
By The Numbers
Freshman Shamani Stafford scored a collegiate-best 24 points and has three +20 point efforts this season.
Junior Kacie Hall scored 20 points to end in double-figures for the seventh consecutive game. She also has three +20 point games this season.
Presbyterian College travels to Campbell on Saturday, January 5, for a 2:00 pm game to open Big South Conference play.