Conley Garrison scored a game high 23 points on Wednesday evening to lead the Furman men’s basketball team to a 78-69 victory over the East Tennessee State Buccaneers in Southern Conference action from Timmons Arena. Furman, who extended its winning streak to three consecutive games, improves to 12-6 on the season and 4-1 in conference play. With the loss, East Tennessee State drops to 10-8 overall and 2-3 in the league.
Garrison paced the Paladins with his game high 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including 4-for-6 behind the 3-point line, with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. Mike Bothwell contributed 15 points and six assists while Marcus Foster added 14 points. Jalen Slawson tallied 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Ty Brewer led the Buccaneers with 15 points and seven rebounds on 6-of-10 shooting. Mohab Yasser and David Sloan compiled 13 and 12 points, respectively. Ledarrius Brewer had 10 points and five assists.
After not scoring a point or attempting a field goal in the first half, Garrison collected his 23 points over the final 20 minutes of action. The graduate transfer from Bolivar, Mo., registered nine points over the final 7:33 to give Furman the nine-point victory.
Sloan increased East Tennessee State’s lead to 62-57 with 7:52 remaining in the contest before the Paladins used a 12-4 run over the following 3:20 to take a 69-66 advantage on Garrison’s layup. After a 3-pointer by Sloan tied the game again at 69-69, Furman would hold ETSU without a field goal over the final 2:58. The Paladins closed out the contest on a 9-0 run including scoring their last four points at the free throw line.
The Buccaneers led by as many as 10 points in the first half when a layup by Yasser put them ahead 27-17 at the 8:02 mark. Ledarrius Brewer kept ETSU ahead by 10 points less than four minutes later when his 3-pointer extended its lead to 32-22. Bothwell then scored eight of Furman’s next 10 points that sparked a 10-0 run, covering a stretch of 1:41, to even the score at 32-32 capped by his 3-point play.
The Buccaneers responded by going on a 7-0 run to retake the lead at 39-32 with 1:09 left. Garrett Hien knocked down a 3-pointer just as time expired to send the Paladins into halftime trailing 39-35.
Furman concluded the game shooting 45.2 percent (28-of-62) from the field and held a 35-33 advantage in rebounds. The Paladins forced East Tennessee State into 14 turnovers that led to 20 points. Furman also led 12-8 in second chance points.
The Paladins travel to Chattanooga, Tenn. on Saturday afternoon to face league-leading Chattanooga at 3 PM. You can hear every Furman game, all season long on ESPN Upstate.