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Lyons leads Furman to stunning upset of No. 8 Villanova

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) First, it was Loyola. Next came Villanova.

One by one, Furman is picking off teams from last year's Final Four and proving to be the surprise story of the first month of the college basketball season.

Jordan Lyons scored 17 points, Matt Rafferty had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Furman stunned the defending national champion and eighth-ranked Wildcats in overtime, 76-68 on Saturday.

''We're just tiny old Furman,'' coach Bob Richey said. ''Most people ask us what state we're in, what city we're in. Now all of a sudden people are starting to figure out who Furman is.''

If opponents and fans aren't paying attention to the team from Greenville, South Carolina, they'd better start now.

Clay Mounce added 15 points and Noah Gurley and Alex Hunter scored 13 apiece for the surging Paladins, who have started 5-0 for the first time in 30 years.

Lyons and Rafferty delivered huge buckets in overtime to key a 7-0 spurt that put the Paladins ahead 69-63 in the final minute, enough cushion for them to hang on for the victory in front of a shocked sellout crowd at the recently renovated Finneran Pavilion.

''It almost can bring me to tears to think about how proud I am of the resolve, the resiliency and the fight this team has,'' Richey said. ''They play together, they play connected. It's the definition of a team.''

Phil Booth scored 20 points and Colin Gillespie had 19 for the Wildcats (2-2), who were coming off a 27-point loss to Michigan in a rematch of April's national championship game. It marked the first time Villanova lost back-to-back games since March of 2013.

''It's not that shocking, to be honest,'' Booth said. ''They're a very good team. We're still a young team trying to find our way.''

Trailing 58-53 with under four minutes to play in regulation, Joe Cremo hit a 3-pointer, Booth scored and Gillespie made a layup in transition to put Villanova in front, 60-58, in the final minute.

After Lyons hit two free throws to tie the game at 60, Booth missed on the other end and Hunter misfired on a long 3-pointer in the final seconds. Cremo was called for a foul while going for the rebound, but Rafferty couldn't connect on the front end of a 1-and-1 with 2.6 seconds left, setting the game up for OT.

Rafferty said his teammates picked him up and told him to make up for the missed free throw in overtime - which he did.

''This was incredible,'' Rafferty said. ''I've never been a part of something like this.''

ROAR OF THE LYONS

Two days after pouring in 54 points while matching an NCAA record with 15 3-pointers in a 107-67 win over North Greenville, Lyons had more big buckets, including one that put Furman ahead 48-46 with a little over eight minutes remaining.

Richey was proud of how the junior guard dealt with 'Nova's defense, especially after he was held to five points in the first half.

''He was mature enough to know he had to play within our team concept,'' Richey said. ''He got going in the second half. I was really proud of him.''

CHEMISTRY ISSUES

Although he put his team on his back at times, scoring five straight points during one stretch to tie the game at 51, Booth shouldered a lot of the blame for the loss.

''I have to do a better job of showing the team what Villanova basketball is on both ends of the floor,'' said Booth, a senior guard who was a part of the Wildcats' national championship teams in both 2016 and 2018.

''We're trying to work on a lot of chemistry things as a team,'' he added.

BIG PICTURE

Furman: It's only November, but the Paladins are looking like a team that will be dangerous in March. In their only other road game of the season, they upset last season's NCAA Tournament darling, Loyola-Chicago, on a last-second dunk.

Villanova: After losing four players from last year's national championship squad to the NBA draft, coach Jay Wright continues to search for his best rotation. On Saturday, freshman Jahvon Quinerly, a five-star recruit, didn't get in the game after playing key minutes in Villanova's first three games. The Wildcats' depth also took a hit Friday when the team announced that redshirt sophomore Dylan Painter will transfer.

''You always want to get the young guys in,'' Wright said. ''It was close and then we got down the stretch and you try to ride it out with the older guys and hope you can get through the game.''

UP NEXT

Furman hosts Southern Wesleyan on Wednesday.

Villanova faces Canisius in the Advocare Invitational in Orlando on Thanksgiving.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Villanova  
19:47   Eric Paschall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:45   Offensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
19:39   Lost ball turnover on Phil Booth, stolen by Matt Rafferty  
19:15 +2 Matt Rafferty made hook shot, assist by Jordan Lyons 2-0
18:50   Personal foul on Jordan Lyons  
18:39   Jermaine Samuels missed layup, blocked by Clay Mounce  
18:37   Offensive rebound by Villanova  
18:33   Bad pass turnover on Jermaine Samuels, stolen by Alex Hunter  
18:24   Alex Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:22   Defensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
18:18   Bad pass turnover on Jermaine Samuels, stolen by Clay Mounce  
18:10   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:08   Offensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
18:03 +3 Jordan Lyons made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Noah Gurley 5-0
17:40   Jermaine Samuels missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:38   Offensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
17:38   Shooting foul on Matt Rafferty  
17:38 +1 Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree made 1st of 2 free throws 5-1
17:38 +1 Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree made 2nd of 2 free throws 5-2
17:14 +3 Clay Mounce made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matt Rafferty 8-2
16:55   Bad pass turnover on Jermaine Samuels, stolen by Clay Mounce  
16:43   Alex Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:41   Defensive rebound by Collin Gillespie  
16:39   Traveling violation turnover on Collin Gillespie  
16:20   Clay Mounce missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:18   Defensive rebound by Phil Booth  
16:14   Phil Booth missed jump shot  
16:12   Offensive rebound by Eric Paschall  
16:07 +2 Eric Paschall made dunk 8-4
15:51   Personal foul on Saddiq Bey  
15:35   Bad pass turnover on Jordan Lyons, stolen by Joe Cremo  
15:29 +2 Phil Booth made driving layup 8-6
15:22   Traveling violation turnover on Tre Clark  
15:12 +3 Saddiq Bey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Paschall 8-9
15:00 +2 Clay Mounce made alley-oop shot, assist by Mike Bothwell 10-9
14:40   Eric Paschall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:38   Defensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
14:28   Personal foul on Joe Cremo  
14:20   Tre Clark missed driving layup, blocked by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
14:18   Defensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
14:09   Saddiq Bey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:07   Defensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
14:00   Lost ball turnover on Clay Mounce, stolen by Saddiq Bey  
13:54 +3 Joe Cremo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 10-12
13:46   Matt Rafferty missed layup, blocked by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
13:44   Offensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
13:39 +2 Matt Rafferty made dunk 12-12
13:21   Eric Paschall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:19   Offensive rebound by Saddiq Bey  
13:17   Personal foul on Mike Bothwell  
13:07 +3 Cole Swider made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Paschall 12-15
12:44   Noah Gurley missed layup  
12:42   Defensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
12:19   Lost ball turnover on Eric Paschall  
12:03 +2 Clay Mounce made jump shot, assist by Noah Gurley 14-15
11:42   Phil Booth missed floating jump shot  
11:40   Offensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
11:31   Phil Booth missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:29   Defensive rebound by Mike Bothwell  
11:40   Alex Hunter missed layup, blocked by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
11:38   Offensive rebound by Furman  
11:10 +3 Alex Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Noah Gurley 17-15
10:44 +3 Collin Gillespie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Phil Booth 17-18
10:31   Bad pass turnover on Clay Mounce, stolen by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
10:24   Cole Swider missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:22   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
10:13   Jalen Slawson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:11   Offensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
9:53   Bad pass turnover on Jalen Slawson  
9:39   Phil Booth missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:37   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
9:08 +3 Noah Gurley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Hunter 20-18
8:34 +3 Collin Gillespie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joe Cremo 20-21
8:13   Noah Gurley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:11   Defensive rebound by Phil Booth  
8:08   Personal foul on Alex Hunter  
8:01 +2 Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree made dunk, assist by Phil Booth 20-23
7:31   Alex Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:29   Defensive rebound by Cole Swider  
7:24   Personal foul on Tre Clark  
7:19   Personal foul on Alex Hunter  
7:03   Saddiq Bey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:01   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
6:55   Traveling violation turnover on Mike Bothwell  
6:33   Eric Paschall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:31   Offensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
6:27 +2 Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree made dunk 20-25
6:06   Jordan Lyons missed layup, blocked by Collin Gillespie  
6:04   Defensive rebound by Collin Gillespie  
5:50   Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree missed hook shot  
5:48   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
5:27   Clay Mounce missed jump shot  
5:25   Defensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
5:05   Collin Gillespie missed jump shot  
5:03   Defensive rebound by Furman  
5:02   Personal foul on Saddiq Bey  
4:54   Matt Rafferty missed driving layup, blocked by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
4:52   Defensive rebound by Phil Booth  
4:43 +3 Collin Gillespie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Phil Booth 20-28
4:27 +2 Matt Rafferty made layup, assist by Noah Gurley 22-28
4:09 +3 Phil Booth made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jermaine Samuels 22-31
3:51   Offensive foul on Clay Mounce  
3:51   Turnover on Clay Mounce  
3:31   Joe Cremo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:29   Defensive rebound by Tre Clark  
3:29   Personal foul on Jermaine Samuels  
3:15   Mike Bothwell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:13   Offensive rebound by Furman  
3:07   Bad pass turnover on Tre Clark, stolen by Joe Cremo  
2:42   Personal foul on Clay Mounce  
2:44 +1 Collin Gillespie made 1st of 2 free throws 22-32
2:42   Collin Gillespie missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:42   Offensive rebound by Eric Paschall  
2:24   Lost ball turnover on Cole Swider, stolen by Tre Clark  
2:21 +2 Tre Clark made dunk 24-32
2:21   Shooting foul on Cole Swider  
2:21   Tre Clark missed free throw  
2:21   Defensive rebound by Eric Paschall  
2:02   Lost ball turnover on Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, stolen by Clay Mounce  
1:55   Lost ball turnover on Mike Bothwell, stolen by Collin Gillespie  
1:53   Personal foul on Tre Clark  
1:53   Phil Booth missed free throw  
1:53   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
1:28 +2 Jordan Lyons made driving layup 26-32
1:11   Personal foul on Tre Clark  
1:11 +1 Phil Booth made 1st of 2 free throws 26-33
1:11   Phil Booth missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:11   Defensive rebound by Alex Hunter  
53.0   Shooting foul on Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
51.0 +1 Matt Rafferty made 1st of 2 free throws 27-33
51.0 +1 Matt Rafferty made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-33
48.0 +3 Eric Paschall made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Collin Gillespie 28-36
31.0   Personal foul on Joe Cremo  
31.0 +1 Matt Rafferty made 1st of 2 free throws 29-36
31.0   Matt Rafferty missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
31.0   Defensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
7.0   Phil Booth missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5.0   Defensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
4.0   Personal foul on Eric Paschall  
5.0 +1 Noah Gurley made 1st of 2 free throws 30-36
5.0 +1 Noah Gurley made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-36
1.0   Collin Gillespie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0.0   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:46   Phil Booth missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:44   Offensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
19:40   Out of bounds turnover on Jermaine Samuels  
19:23   Alex Hunter missed layup  
19:21   Defensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
19:07   Personal foul on Jordan Lyons  
19:05   Out of bounds turnover on Phil Booth  
18:46 +2 Matt Rafferty made reverse layup, assist by Jordan Lyons 33-36
18:20   Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree missed layup, blocked by Matt Rafferty  
18:18   Defensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
18:07 +3 Clay Mounce made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Lyons 36-36
17:40   Collin Gillespie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:38   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
17:32   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:30   Defensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
17:12   Eric Paschall missed jump shot  
17:10   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
17:02   Clay Mounce missed jump shot  
17:00   Defensive rebound by Eric Paschall  
16:52   Jermaine Samuels missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:50   Defensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
16:36 +2 Jordan Lyons made floating jump shot 38-36
16:20 +3 Collin Gillespie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Paschall 38-39
15:45 +2 Jordan Lyons made driving layup 40-39
15:22 +2 Phil Booth made driving layup 40-41
15:01   Personal foul on Saddiq Bey  
14:55 +2 Clay Mounce made driving layup 42-41
14:37   Joe Cremo missed layup  
14:36   Defensive rebound by Furman  
14:36   Personal foul on Saddiq Bey  
14:09   Alex Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:07   Defensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
13:52 +3 Eric Paschall made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Phil Booth 42-44
13:41   Noah Gurley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:39   Defensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
13:31 +2 Phil Booth made jump shot 42-46
13:31   Shooting foul on Clay Mounce  
13:31   Phil Booth missed free throw  
13:31   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
13:20   Alex Hunter missed layup  
13:18   Defensive rebound by Eric Paschall  
13:06   Phil Booth missed layup  
12:59   Defensive rebound by Furman  
12:42 +2 Alex Hunter made jump shot, assist by Matt Rafferty 44-46
12:15   Eric Paschall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:13   Offensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
11:59   Phil Booth missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:57   Defensive rebound by Mike Bothwell  
11:43   Tre Clark missed layup  
11:41   Offensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
11:33   Mike Bothwell missed layup  
11:31   Defensive rebound by Jermaine Samuels  
11:33   Personal foul on Mike Bothwell  
11:18   Jermaine Samuels missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:16   Defensive rebound by Jordan Lyons  
11:08   Bad pass turnover on Jordan Lyons  
10:48   Lost ball turnover on Eric Paschall  
10:32   Tre Clark missed layup, blocked by Jermaine Samuels  
10:30   Defensive rebound by Joe Cremo  
10:03   Phil Booth missed turnaround jump shot  
10:01   Defensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
9:55   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:51   Personal foul on Collin Gillespie  
9:45   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:43   Offensive rebound by Furman  
9:34 +2 Matt Rafferty made layup, assist by Clay Mounce 46-46
9:14   Personal foul on Clay Mounce  
9:07   Personal foul on Noah Gurley  
9:01   Joe Cremo missed jump shot  
8:59   Offensive rebound by Villanova  
8:47   Collin Gillespie missed layup, blocked by Matt Rafferty  
8:47   Offensive rebound by Villanova  
8:43   Shot clock violation turnover on Villanova  
8:27 +2 Jordan Lyons made floating jump shot 48-46
8:08   Collin Gillespie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:06   Defensive rebound by Jordan Lyons  
8:00   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Lyons, stolen by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
7:49 +2 Phil Booth made dunk 48-48
7:35   Matt Rafferty missed hook shot, blocked by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
7:33   Defensive rebound by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree  
7:26 +3 Phil Booth made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Paschall 48-51
7:16 +3 Alex Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot 51-51
6:54   Commercial timeout called  
6:33   Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree missed layup, blocked by Matt Rafferty  
6:33   Shot clock violation turnover on Villanova  
6:13 +2 Noah Gurley made finger-roll layup, assist by Tre Clark 53-51
5:55   Phil Booth missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:53   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
5:34   Shooting foul on Eric Paschall  
5:34 +1 Noah Gurley made 1st of 2 free throws 54-51
5:34 +1 Noah Gurley made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-51
5:15   Personal foul on Noah Gurley  
5:15 +1 Collin Gillespie made 1st of 2 free throws 55-52
5:15 +1 Collin Gillespie made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-53
4:55   Personal foul on Collin Gillespie  
4:41 +3 Alex Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matt Rafferty 58-53
4:20   Phil Booth missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:18   Defensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
3:54   Matt Rafferty missed layup, blocked by Joe Cremo  
3:52   Defensive rebound by Phil Booth  
3:46   Joe Cremo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:44   Defensive rebound by Alex Hunter  
3:31   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Lyons  
3:21 +3 Joe Cremo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Paschall 58-56
2:57   Traveling violation turnover on Noah Gurley  
2:44 +2 Phil Booth made fade-away jump shot 58-58
2:21   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Lyons  
2:10   Eric Paschall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:08   Defensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
1:47   Clay Mounce missed layup  
1:45   Defensive rebound by Collin Gillespie  
1:39 +2 Collin Gillespie made layup 58-60
1:17   Matt Rafferty missed layup  
1:15   Offensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
1:01   Noah Gurley missed dunk  
59.0   Defensive rebound by Phil Booth  
55.0   Collin Gillespie missed jump shot  
53.0   Defensive rebound by Alex Hunter  
48.0   Shooting foul on Collin Gillespie  
48.0 +1 Jordan Lyons made 1st of 2 free throws 59-60
48.0 +1 Jordan Lyons made 2nd of 2 free throws 60-60
35.0   Phil Booth missed jump shot