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Second Half Furman Surge Dooms PC, 81-57

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Furman hit 15 three-pointers, including 12 in the second half, to turn a three-point halftime lead to a 81-57 win over the Presbyterian College men's basketball team in action this afternoon at Timmons Arena in Greenville, S.C.

PC drops to 1-7 on the year while Furman improves to 3-5.

Joshua Clyburn recorded a career-high 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the team in both categories.  Khalid Mutakabbir followed with 15 points on the afternoon.  Furman was led by Bobby Austin with 20 points off a six-for-11 effort from beyond the three-point arc.  Charlie Reddick followed with 16 points.  Charlie and Colin Reddick led the Paladins on the boards with eight rebounds apiece.

PC ended the game with 44.6% shooting from the field and a four-for-13 effort from the three-point line.  Furman connected on 30-of-62 shots for a 48.4% and were 15-of-32 from beyond the three-point arc.   Both teams had 19 rebounds apiece at the half but it was the Paladins that came out on top at the end, recording a 21-7 advantage in the second to end the game 40-26 ahead.

Turnovers were fairly even with PC holding one more, 13-12, but the Paladins held the 21-10 advantage in points off turnovers.  The Blue Hose won the points in the paint battle, 28-22.

The first half opened with neither team shooting well.  Furman got on the board first with a basket by Reddick at the 17:30 mark.  PC's first came at the 15:28 mark off a field goal by Jordan Downing to make it 4-2 in favor of the Paladins.

Furman used a 7-0 run the next three minutes, highlighted by a three-pointer by Austin, to take an 11-2 lead before Clyburn's basket at 11:46 ended the drought.

Down 16-4, PC connected on three straight field goals in a 6-0 run to cut the margin to six with 8:34 left in the half.  A Furman free throw at 6:49 gave the Paladins their first point in nearly four minutes.

The free throw kicked off a Furman 7-3 run that saw the Paladins increase their lead back to 10, 23-13 with 4:32 on the clock.  The lone basket from PC was a three-pointer by Ryan McTavish at 5:40.

The Blue Hose closed out the last three and a half minutes of the first with a 10-3 run, highlighted by back to back three-pointers by Washington and Mutakabbir, to cut the Furman lead to just three, 26-23.

A three-pointer by Clyburn, his only of the game, helped PC cut the lead to two, 28-26, just a minute into the second half.  Furman responded with an 11-4 run, capped by seven unanswered, to take a 39-30 lead with 16:10 left in the game.

PC scored six of the game's next eight points, capped by a dunk by Clyburn, to cut the Furman lead to five, 41-36, with 14:04 on the clock.  The Paladins scored five unanswered over the next minute to rebuild their 10-point lead, 46-36, with 13:20 left in the game.

The Blue Hose cut the lead to eight, 46-38, with a Truss basket at the 11:46 mark. That would be as close as the Blue Hose would get as the Paladins used five three-pointers, including two by Austin, to outscore PC 16-8 over the next six minutes to build a 62-46 lead with 6:49 to go.

The Paladins hit three more of their 12 three-pointers of the half the next two and a half minutes and led 71-52 with 4:15 remaining.  Furman finished the game with a 10-5 run to take the final 81-57 win.

PC returns to the Templeton Center Wednesday, Dec. 12, for a 7 p.m. game with North Greenville.

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