Liberty vs Furman

Furman hangs on for 86-83 win over Liberty


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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Stephen Croone scored 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds - both career-highs - as Furman nearly blew a 24-point lead, holding on for an 86-83 win over Liberty.

Furman (5-6) scored 15 straight second-half points to extend its lead to 66-42 with 12:26 to play. But Liberty (5-7) later had a run of its own, scoring 10 straight points to cut it to 70-61 with 6:24 remaining.

Antwan Burrus hit a jumper with 39 seconds left to bring Liberty within two at 85-83. Furman then ran down the clock on its ensuing possession, missing a jumper with three seconds to play. Tomasz Gielo got the rebound for Liberty but turned the ball over.

Croone became the first Furman player since 1972 to score 40 in a game. Croone shot 11 of 16 from the field and was 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.

Antwan Burrus scored 19 for Liberty.

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