Reggie Dillard scored the go-ahead basket with three seconds remaining and the Blue Hose hung on as Furman’s game-tying shot bounced off the rim as time expired, giving the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team a dramatic 73-71 win over the Paladins Friday evening at Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. Freshman Jo’Vontae Millner led the team with 17 points in his collegiate debut.
How it Happened
Tied 69-69, Davon Bell hit a layup with 43 seconds left to give PC the 71-69 lead. PC was charged with a foul 35 seconds later, with John Davis hitting both shots to tie the game for the 10th time at 71-71. The Blue Hose drove the length of the court on the in-bounds with Dillard slicing the defense in the paint to score PC’s 72nd and 73rd point, giving PC the two-point lead with three seconds left. Furman threw a cross-court pass with Sibley getting the ball with time to shoot. His jumper appeared on target but hit the rim as time expired, giving PC the 73-71 win.
Furman jumped ahead by seven, 15-8, with 13:21 left in the first half, but PC fought back with a 10-0 run, sparked by back to back Millner three-pointers, to take a 25-22 lead, 6:20 to go before the break. Furman chipped away, retaking the lead off free throws from Devin Sibley, 27-25. Trailing by five again at the 2:20 mark, 33-28, PC hit six free throws down the stretch to help cut the margin to just one, 34-35, at the half.
After Furman opened the half with two three-pointers to take another seven-point lead, PC rallied with two threes from J.C. Younger and went up by three, 44-41, 17:11 on the clock. A three by Geoff Beans 30 seconds later tied the game at 44-44. That was the third tie of the game, with six more following the next 15 minutes as both teams traded baskets in a hard-fought second half.
Players of the Match
Millner paced the team with 17 points, with Younger collecting a team-high eight rebounds along with 15 points, nine off three three-pointers. Bell added 14 points, including a six-of-eight effort from the free throw line. Dillard added 10 points.
Sibley led Furman with 26 points, while Kris Acox pulled down eight rebounds. Daniel Fowler added 14 points, with Jon Davis and Beans posted 11 points each off three three-pointers apiece.
Stats of the Match
After shooting 38.5% in the first half, PC came out firing in the second for a 16-of-28 effort for 57.1%, finishing the game with 48.1%. Furman was consistent all night, shooting 42.9% in both halves for 42.9% for the game. Furman was 11-of-31 from beyond the arc, and hit eight in the second half to keep the score tight. PC was six-of-19 for the game.
The Paladins collected 37 rebounds, compared to 31 for PC, but had more turnovers, 16-9. Furman shot 60% from the free throw line, while PC hit 83.3%. After Furman controlled the paint 18-10 in the first half, PC responded in the second to take the eight point advantage back, 32-24.
PC improves 1-0, while Furman drops to 0-1.
PC next travels to UNCG, Monday, Nov. 14, for a 7:30 p.m., game.
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