Paladins top College of Charleston
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP)—Alex Opacic tied his career high with 20 points and Furman beat the College of Charleston for only the second time in the last 11 meetings, 74-66, on Saturday night.
Opacic had 8 points in a 21-4 run in the first half that put the Paladins (3-15, 2-7 Southern Conference) out front to stay, 36-21. His layup also began a 12-4 run in the second half after the Cougars (9-9, 4-4) had cut the lead to three.
Justin Dehm had 12 points, all in the second half, for Furman, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
Dehm scored nine of Furman’s last 11 points, including a 3-pointer that finished its clinching run. He added a driving layup and two foul shots in the final minute.
Tony White Jr. had 16 points to lead Charleston (9-9, 4-4), which made fewer than 30 percent of hits shots (10-of-34) in the opening half to trail 37-26 at the break.
The Cougars closed to 54-51 on Marcus Hammond’s driving bucket with 11:22 to go.