Furman had an extra bounce in their step, as they came out energized Saturday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The Paladins built an early lead playing off the crowd at the Well. Furman took control early and never looked back, they built a 44-27 halftime lead. TheFurm Paladins would go on to down Mercer 81-66.
Furman led by as many as 20 on Saturday afternoon, as they got a complete team effort. Offensive balance was key for Furman and their ball movement was crisp throughout the game. Four Paladins were in double figures against Mercer, Mike Bothwell led all scorers with 17 and also dished out five assists. Sophomore Guard Joe Anderson had a season high 15 on five made 3's.
"Mr. Versatility" Jalen Slawson added 12 points, five boards and three blocked shots for the Paladins. His running mate in the front court Marcus Foster added a dozen points and 8 boards.
Mercer also had four players in double figures led by Kamar Roberston's 14. Jalen Johnson added a baker's dozen off the bench, Felipe Haase had 11 and Shawn Walker Jr had 10.
Offensive efficiency was the theme for Furman throughout. The Paladins had 18 assists on their 24 made field goals in the game. Bothwell and backcourt mate Alex Hunter both had 5 assists each. The Paladins shot 43% from the field and 39% from 3 point range. They also owned the advantage on the boards, outrebounding Mercer 41-29 and 12-8 on the offensive glass.
With the loss Mercer falls to 8-7 overall and 1-1 in SoCon play. Furman now moves into 2nd place in the SoCon with the win. The Paladins are now 11-6 on the season and 3-1 in the SoCon. That puts them one game behind league leader Chattanooga, who is 3-0 in league games. Furman is back in action on Wednesday night. The Paladins are set to square off with East Tennessee State for a 7 PM tip at Timmons Arena. You can hear that game, as Furman plays all season long on ESPN Upstate.