Greenville, S.C. (Furman SID) – Sophomore Noah Gurley poured in a career-high 29 points and Furman finished the game on a 12-1 run to top a hot-shooting USC Upstate squad, 84-72, in non-conference men’s basketball action Sunday afternoon at Timmons Arena.
After an 8-0 run trimmed the Furman (8-3) lead to 72-71, Clay Mounce connected on a three from the top of the key with 2:29 left to ignite a 12-1, game-ending run for the Paladins. Mounce fed Gurley for a basket on the Paladin’s next possession and Gurley followed a Jordan Lyons steal with an offensive board and two-handed slam to extend the lead to 79-71 with 54 seconds to play.
Following a 1-for-2 effort at the foul line on the next possession for both teams, Lyons converted on two trips to the charity stripe before stealing a Spartan pass. Mounce tipped in Lyons’ missed layup with 22 second to go for the final 84-72 margin.
Gurley hit 11-of-14 shots from the floor and converted on 5-of-8 trips to the foul line to reach his career high. Mounce scored 16 points and Lyons netted 15 points to go with a career-high five assists and three steals. Alex Hunter netted 11 points to give the Paladins four players in double figures.
Furman, 51.7% from the field for the game, ended the first half on a 9-2 run to lead 42-29 at the break. The Spartans, who shot 56% on the afternoon and connected on 9-of-21 three-point tries, made 56.7% of their second half shots to climb within a point before Furman’s late run.
The Paladins outscored the Spartans 42-30 in the paint and 12-2 on second chance opportunities by holding the visitors to just two offensive rebounds. Furman forced 15 turnovers that led to 17 Paladin points.
Bryson Mozone hit on 6-of-8 three-point attempts to pace USC Upstate (2-8) with 22 points, while Tommy Bruner and Everette Hammond added 18 and 17 points, respectively.
The Paladins will host North Greenville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday prior to entertaining the Winthrop Eagles in the “Weekends at the Well” opener on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
Tickets for Sunday’s clash and all of Furman’s 11 remaining home games are on sale now at the Timmons Arena Box Office and online at FurmanPaladins.com. Four-game packs and single game tickets for Furman’s “Weekends at the Well” series at Bon Secours Wellness Arena are also on sale. Current Furman students will have access to free tickets on Furman basketball game days. Click here to learn about the student ticket policy for the 2019-20 season.