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No. 25 Furman stays unbeaten with 74-60 win over SC Upstate

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Furman coach Bob Richey could sense his No. 25 Paladins felt the load of the school's first-ever ranking and being one of only 10 unbeaten teams left in the country. So he had some advice in the locker room Saturday with his team down four at the half.

''Coach told us pressure is when you are 0-10, not 10-0,'' Paladins forward Matt Rafferty said.

The Paladins (10-0) charged ahead immediately after halftime and cruised to a 74-60 win over South Carolina Upstate, continuing one of the most remarkable stories of the college basketball season.

The Spartans (2-8) led 34-30 at the half and appeared ready to have the crowd in its cozy gym explode after Malik Moore stole a pass on Furman's first possession of the second half. But he missed a fast-break dunk and Noah Gurley made a layup and a free throw to start a 24-5 run.

''That's a five-point swing right there,'' Rafferty said. ''And it got our defense going, which alleviated the pressure on us.''

Furman would score on six of its first eight possessions of the second half, while the Spartans opened the half with three missed shots, three turnovers and a free throw.

"That swing got them going instead of getting us going,'' Upstate coach Dave Dickerson said. ''I just couldn't do a good enough job to get us believing in the game again.''

Jordan Lyons had 20 points, Noah Gurley added 15 points and six rebounds and Rafferty finished with 11 points after scoring just two in the first half.

Moore led the Spartans with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

It was the first time Upstate has ever hosted a Top 25 opponent at its 833-seat G.B. Hodge Center.

BIG PICTURE

Furman: The Paladins are the first SoCon team to start the season 10-0 since Lefty Driesell's Davidson team won its first 11 games to start the 1963-64 season. After leading wire-to-wire in a win Tuesday at Elon, the Paladins were back to their more customary slower starts. They only led for 5:45 of the first half. At least Furman got it done in regulation. Three of the Paladins' 10 games have gone to overtime. One of them was the win over Villanova that grabbed the nation's attention.

SC Upstate: The Spartans have never beaten a ranked team. After shooting 43.8 percent (14 of 32) in the first half, Upstate shot 32 percent (8 of 25) in the second half and turned the ball over 10 times in the final 20 minutes.

ROAD WARRIORS

Saturday's victory was Furman's fifth true road win of the season, a total unheard of compared to the other unbeaten teams. Kansas has yet to play a true road game. Virginia played one in the ACC-Big Ten challenge and Houston has played two.

Richey said his team's success on the road could be considered a surprise given that seven of the 10 Paladins who played Saturday are sophomores or freshmen. But he said they move the ball, play tough defense and see the court like no team he has ever had.

''This team is younger than many teams I've ever been a part of. But it's a very mature group. The road is about maturity,'' Richey said.

TOUGH LEAGUE

Southern Conference play won't be easy for Furman. The Paladin lead four SoCon teams in the new NET rankings that the NCAA tournament committee is using in its selection process this season.

Furman is 32nd in the rankings, which include net offensive and defensive efficiency, strength of schedule, scoring margin and game location as well as results.

The other SoCon teams in the top 100 are Wofford (62), UNC-Greensboro (82) and East Tennessee State (86).

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Furman squeaked into the AP Top 25 by a single point, but the Paladins should stay in the poll after going 2-0 this week combined with losses in Big Ten play by No. 24 Nebraska and No. 23 Maryland.

UP NEXT

Furman: The Paladins go home for the first time since entering the Top 25, hosting Charleston Southern on Tuesday.

SC-Upstate: The Spartans host South Carolina State next Saturday.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by South Carolina Upstate  
19:41   Jure Span missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:39   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
19:33   Clay Mounce missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:31   Defensive rebound by Josh Aldrich  
19:10   Malik Moore missed jump shot, blocked by Alex Hunter  
19:08   Offensive rebound by Malik Moore  
19:04   Jure Span missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:02   Defensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
18:56 +3 Noah Gurley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Clay Mounce 3-0
18:36   Deion Holmes missed jump shot  
18:34   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
18:19   Offensive foul on Matt Rafferty  
18:19   Turnover on Matt Rafferty  
18:00 +2 Malik Moore made jump shot 3-2
17:38   Noah Gurley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:36   Offensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
17:33 +2 Clay Mounce made dunk 5-2
17:16 +3 Malik Moore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Deion Holmes 5-5
17:03   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:01   Defensive rebound by Malik Moore  
16:40   Deion Holmes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:38   Defensive rebound by Furman  
16:21   Noah Gurley missed dunk  
16:19   Offensive rebound by Furman  
16:18   Offensive foul on Jordan Lyons  
16:18   Turnover on Jordan Lyons  
16:07 +3 Josh Aldrich made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Malik Moore 5-8
15:45   Clay Mounce missed layup, blocked by Josh Aldrich  
15:43   Defensive rebound by Jure Span  
15:38 +2 Malik Moore made jump shot, assist by Jure Span 5-10
15:24   Alex Hunter missed layup  
15:22   Defensive rebound by South Carolina Upstate  
15:08   Josh Aldrich missed jump shot  
15:06   Defensive rebound by Alex Hunter  
14:57   Andrew Brown missed layup, blocked by Malik Moore  
14:55   Defensive rebound by Deion Holmes  
14:50   Bad pass turnover on Jure Span, stolen by Matt Rafferty  
14:41 +2 Clay Mounce made layup, assist by Andrew Brown 7-10
14:33 +2 Jure Span made layup 7-12
14:18 +2 Jordan Lyons made layup 9-12
14:01   Lost ball turnover on Jure Span, stolen by Clay Mounce  
13:55 +3 Jordan Lyons made 3-pt. jump shot 12-12
13:40   Jure Span missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:38   Offensive rebound by Jure Span  
13:34   Jure Span missed layup  
13:32   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
13:32   Personal foul on Josh Aldrich  
13:27   Lost ball turnover on Matt Rafferty, stolen by Malik Moore  
13:19   Malik Moore missed layup, blocked by Matt Rafferty  
13:17   Defensive rebound by Andrew Brown  
13:01   Noah Gurley missed layup  
12:59   Defensive rebound by Dalvin White  
12:59   Lost ball turnover on Dalvin White, stolen by Andrew Brown  
12:59   Tre Clark missed layup, blocked by Ross Ryan  
12:57   Defensive rebound by Josh Aldrich  
12:14   Lost ball turnover on Pat Welch  
11:52 +3 Tre Clark made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Mike Bothwell 15-12
11:22   Everette Hammond missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:20   Defensive rebound by Mike Bothwell  
11:05   Noah Gurley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:03   Offensive rebound by Tre Clark  
10:57   Personal foul on Pat Welch  
10:43 +2 Noah Gurley made driving layup 17-12
10:25 +3 Bryson Mozone made 3-pt. jump shot 17-15
10:06   Lost ball turnover on Clay Mounce, stolen by Bryson Mozone  
9:50   Malik Moore missed jump shot  
9:48   Defensive rebound by Alex Hunter  
9:41 +2 Matt Rafferty made layup, assist by Alex Hunter 19-15
9:32   Offensive foul on Bryson Mozone  
9:32   Turnover on Bryson Mozone  
9:19   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:17   Defensive rebound by Bryson Mozone  
9:00 +2 Bryson Mozone made jump shot 19-17
8:45   Traveling violation turnover on Noah Gurley  
8:33   Deion Holmes missed driving layup  
8:31   Offensive rebound by Brandon Martin  
8:25 +2 Brandon Martin made dunk 19-19
8:08   Alex Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:06   Offensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
8:02   Clay Mounce missed layup  
8:02   Defensive rebound by Bryson Mozone  
8:02   Offensive foul on Noah Gurley  
8:02   Turnover on Noah Gurley  
7:48   Malik Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:46   Defensive rebound by Alex Hunter  
7:35   Clay Mounce missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:33   Defensive rebound by Bryson Mozone  
7:19 +2 Brandon Martin made jump shot 19-21
7:03 +3 Jordan Lyons made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Hunter 22-21
6:37 +3 Malik Moore made 3-pt. jump shot 22-24
6:27   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:25   Defensive rebound by Deion Holmes  
6:10   Lost ball turnover on Brandon Martin  
5:47   Lost ball turnover on Tre Clark, stolen by Brandon Martin  
5:33 +2 Malik Moore made jump shot 22-26
5:14   Jaylon Pugh missed jump shot  
5:11   Defensive rebound by South Carolina Upstate  
4:51   Malik Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:49   Defensive rebound by Furman  
4:27 +3 Andrew Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Mike Bothwell 25-26
4:02   Personal foul on Andrew Brown  
3:54   Josh Aldrich missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:52   Defensive rebound by Tre Clark  
3:39   Traveling violation turnover on Andrew Brown  
3:21   Bad pass turnover on Jure Span  
3:06 +2 Alex Hunter made jump shot 27-26
2:48 +2 Nevin Zink made hook shot, assist by Malik Moore 27-28
2:33   Lost ball turnover on Clay Mounce, stolen by Nevin Zink  
2:31   Josh Aldrich missed layup  
2:31   Offensive rebound by Malik Moore  
2:31   Malik Moore missed tip-in  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Alex Hunter  
2:21   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:19   Defensive rebound by Deion Holmes  
2:13   Shooting foul on Clay Mounce  
2:13   Malik Moore missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:02   Alex Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:13 +1 Malik Moore made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-29
2:02   Alex Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:00   Defensive rebound by Nevin Zink  
1:36 +3 Josh Aldrich made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dalvin White 27-32
1:17 +2 Noah Gurley made driving layup, assist by Matt Rafferty 29-32
50.0   Deion Holmes missed layup, blocked by Matt Rafferty  
48.0   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
46.0   Personal foul on Malik Moore  
41.0   Alex Hunter missed layup, blocked by Josh Aldrich  
40.0   Defensive rebound by Malik Moore  
31.0 +2 Deion Holmes made driving dunk, assist by Malik Moore 29-34
16.0   Shooting foul on Nevin Zink  
16.0 +1 Clay Mounce made 1st of 2 free throws 30-34
16.0   Clay Mounce missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
16.0   Offensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
4.0   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2.0   Defensive rebound by Malik Moore  

Time Team Play Score
19:56   Lost ball turnover on Clay Mounce, stolen by Malik Moore  
19:51   Malik Moore missed dunk  
19:54   Defensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
19:50 +2 Noah Gurley made layup 32-34
19:50   Shooting foul on Nevin Zink  
19:45 +1 Noah Gurley made free throw 33-34
19:35   Deion Holmes missed jump shot  
19:33   Defensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
19:22   Bad pass turnover on Jordan Lyons, stolen by Deion Holmes  
18:47   Nevin Zink missed layup  
18:47   Offensive rebound by Nevin Zink  
18:47   Shooting foul on Clay Mounce  
18:47 +1 Nevin Zink made 1st of 2 free throws 33-35
18:47 +1 Nevin Zink made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-36
18:19 +2 Jordan Lyons made jump shot 35-36
17:51   Bad pass turnover on Josh Aldrich, stolen by Matt Rafferty  
17:44 +3 Jordan Lyons made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Clay Mounce 38-36
17:20   Nevin Zink missed hook shot  
17:18   Defensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
17:08 +3 Alex Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matt Rafferty 41-36
16:49   Bad pass turnover on Jure Span, stolen by Matt Rafferty  
16:38 +2 Noah Gurley made layup 43-36
16:06   Lost ball turnover on Jure Span  
15:54   Jordan Lyons missed layup  
15:52   Offensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
15:49 +2 Matt Rafferty made layup 45-36
15:29 +2 Malik Moore made jump shot, assist by Dalvin White 45-38
15:12   Personal foul on Josh Aldrich  
15:12   Andrew Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:10   Defensive rebound by Dalvin White  
15:10   Dalvin White missed layup  
14:50   Offensive rebound by Brandon Martin  
14:32   Brandon Martin missed tip-in  
14:32   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
14:32   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:30   Offensive rebound by Jordan Lyons  
13:58   Tre Clark missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:58   Defensive rebound by South Carolina Upstate  
13:58   Offensive foul on Brandon Martin  
13:58   Turnover on Brandon Martin  
13:58 +2 Tre Clark made layup, assist by Alex Hunter 47-38
13:43   Bad pass turnover on Dalvin White, stolen by Alex Hunter  
13:35   Noah Gurley missed dunk  
13:35   Offensive rebound by Tre Clark  
13:35   Bad pass turnover on Tre Clark  
13:18   Shooting foul on Tre Clark  
13:16 +1 Josh Aldrich made 1st of 2 free throws 47-39
13:16   Josh Aldrich missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:16   Defensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
12:46 +3 Noah Gurley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Hunter 50-39
12:15   Pat Welch missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:13   Defensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
12:01   Noah Gurley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:59   Defensive rebound by Malik Moore  
11:56   Bad pass turnover on Malik Moore, stolen by Noah Gurley  
11:46   Shooting foul on Dalvin White  
11:46 +1 Alex Hunter made free throw 51-39
11:46 +1 Alex Hunter made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-39
11:37   Personal foul on Jaylon Pugh  
11:24   Dalvin White missed driving layup, blocked by Tre Clark  
11:22   Defensive rebound by Furman  
11:07   Offensive foul on Tre Clark  
11:07   Turnover on Tre Clark  
10:54   Deion Holmes missed layup  
10:52   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
10:45 +2 Mike Bothwell made layup 54-39
10:35   Shooting foul on Clay Mounce  
10:28   Malik Moore missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:04   Mike Bothwell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:28 +1 Malik Moore made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-40
10:04   Mike Bothwell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:02   Defensive rebound by Deion Holmes  
9:38   Traveling violation turnover on Dalvin White  
9:19 +3 Jordan Lyons made 3-pt. jump shot 57-40
8:47 +2 Deion Holmes made driving layup 57-42
8:36   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:34   Defensive rebound by Bryson Mozone  
8:24   Malik Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:22   Offensive rebound by Nevin Zink  
8:21   Personal foul on Matt Rafferty  
8:04 +2 Malik Moore made jump shot 57-44
8:04   Shooting foul on Alex Hunter  
8:04 +1 Malik Moore made free throw 57-45
7:34 +3 Clay Mounce made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matt Rafferty 60-45
7:15   Shooting foul on Jordan Lyons  
7:15   Deion Holmes missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:15   Defensive rebound by Furman  
7:15   Deion Holmes missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:15   Defensive rebound by Furman  
7:06 +3 Jordan Lyons made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Hunter 63-45
6:41 +3 Jure Span made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryson Mozone 63-48
6:16   Matt Rafferty missed layup, blocked by Nevin Zink  
6:14   Defensive rebound by Malik Moore  
6:09 +2 Malik Moore made layup 63-50
5:53   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:51   Offensive rebound by Alex Hunter  
5:32   Tre Clark missed layup, blocked by Nevin Zink  
5:32   Offensive rebound by Furman  
5:32   Shooting foul on Everette Hammond  
5:32 +1 Jordan Lyons made 1st of 2 free throws 64-50
5:32   Jordan Lyons missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:32   Defensive rebound by Malik Moore  
5:22   Personal foul on Alex Hunter  
5:22   Malik Moore missed free throw  
5:22   Defensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
5:11   Personal foul on Dalvin White  
5:02   Shooting foul on Nevin Zink  
5:02 +1 Matt Rafferty made 1st of 2 free throws 65-50
5:02   Matt Rafferty missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:02   Defensive rebound by Malik Moore  
4:55 +3 Bryson Mozone made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dalvin White 65-53
4:38 +2 Matt Rafferty made layup, assist by Alex Hunter 67-53
4:38   Shooting foul on Nevin Zink  
4:38   Matt Rafferty missed free throw  
4:38   Defensive rebound by Malik Moore  
4:29   Bad pass turnover on Dalvin White, stolen by Clay Mounce  
4:24   Personal foul on Malik Moore  
4:24   Clay Mounce missed free throw  
4:24   Defensive rebound by Malik Moore  
4:24   Lost ball turnover on Malik Moore, stolen by Alex Hunter  
4:08   Personal foul on Ross Ryan  
4:08   Andrew Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:08   Defensive rebound by Ross Ryan  
4:08   Andrew Brown missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:08   Defensive rebound by Ross Ryan  
3:47   Bad pass turnover on Jure Span, stolen by Jordan Lyons  
3:21