Spartanburg, S.C. (Furman SID) – Sophomore JP Pegues netted a career-high 24 points and added a career-best eight rebounds to power Furman to its third straight win over Wofford, 96-82, Sunday afternoon at Richardson Indoor Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.
The victory improved the Paladins to 15-6 overall and 6-2 in Southern Conference play. The Terriers slipped to 11-10 overall and 3-5 in the league.
Pegues connected on 8-of-17 field goal attempts, including 4-for-9 behind the arc to pace the Paladins, while Mike Bothwell and Alex Williams poured in 20 points apiece. Bothwell reached 20 points for the 10th time this season by converting on 13-of-14 trips to the foul line. Williams, a sophomore, drained 4-of-8 three-point attempts to establish a new career scoring high. Fifth-year senior Jalen Slawson contributed 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and freshman Ben VanderWal notched his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-best 11 rebounds.
With the game tied at 60-60 and under 11:30 remaining, Slawson scored in the paint and finished the three-point play at the foul line to begin the Paladins’ decisive run. After Wofford’s B.J. Mack responded with a layup, Williams nailed a triple, Bothwell converted on two free throws, Slawson attacked the rim for another basket, and Williams delivered another trey to put the Paladins ahead 73-62 with 8:35 to play. The 13-2 run gave Furman the lead for good as they held the Terriers without a basket for over three minutes following Mack’s layup with 10:55 on the clock.
Wofford pulled within four points at 77-73 on back-to-back baskets by Jackson Paveletzke and Mack, but Slawson opened a 9-0 Paladin spurt with consecutive dunks to help Furman extend its advantage to 86-73 on VanderWal’s layup with 3:20 remaining.
Furman shot 50% from the floor, including 11-for-31 from three-point range, and went 23-of-29 at the foul line. Despite being shorthanded in the paint, the Paladins managed a 42-30 rebounding advantage and 21-8 edge in second chance point on the strength of 13 offensive boards.
Paveletzke led the Terriers with 25 points and Mack finished with 21. Wofford shot 49.2% from the field and went 12-of-17 at the charity stripe.
In a game marked by runs, Wofford raced out to an 8-0 lead before a 20-3 spurt gave the Paladins a 20-11 margin. A 12-2 Wofford run put the home team back in front, but Furman finished the half on a 10-4 run to lead 44-43 at intermission. The Terriers started fast once again in the second half by scoring the first nine points to build an eight-point cushion before Furman outscored Wofford 52-30 over the final 17:30.
The victory marked Furman’s second straight triumph in Spartanburg for the first time since 2003-04 and gave the Paladins their first three-game winning streak versus Wofford since 2007. The 96 points were the most by a Paladin team on the road against Wofford since a 109-86 victory in Spartanburg during the 1969-70 campaign.
Furman returns to Timmons Arena to host first place Samford on Wednesday night. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and tickets are still available at The game will be streamed live on ESPN+.