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No. 23 Furman tops Charleston Southern 77-69, stays unbeaten

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) No. 23 Furman took another step in its remarkable early-season journey, one coach Bob Richey expects will benefit his team the rest of the way.

The perfect Paladins (11-0) used a late run to pull away from Charleston Southern for a 77-69 victory Tuesday night in their first-ever home game as a Top 25 team.

Richey felt the jitters of his young team before the game, the desire to show the home crowd their rise was legitimate.

''The fear of if we lose, does all this go away,'' Richey said. ''And I think that's normal for a young player - `Man, we want to keep this going.'''

Noah Gurley scored 17 points, and Alex Hunter and Andrew Brown had 16 points apiece to lead Furman in a game where leading scorer Jordan Lyons had zero points.

''We've got to continue to keep our pulse on these players,'' Richey said. ''We've got to continue to help them out.''

So far, so good.

The Paladins have been one of college basketball's biggest surprises with their school-record run to start the season - a stretch that included defeating defending national champs Villanova and a second Final Four team from last year in Loyola-Chicago.

It took a late charge to break away from the Buccaneers (4-5).

Charleston Southern trailed 54-52 on Dontrell Shuler's layup with less than 10 minutes left. After that, the Paladins went on a 14-4 run. Tre Clark had four points during the surge and when Gurley nailed a 3-pointer with 5:51 to go, Furman was up 68-56.

Charleston Southern could not respond and college basketball's feel-good story of the season remained on track.

Lyons, averaging 20.2 points a game, missed all seven of his shots.

Matt Rafferty had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Furman.

''We've got to stay even-keeled,'' Hunter said. ''That's something we've been practicing every day.''

Deontaye Buskey and Duncan LeXander had 13 points each for Charleston Southern.

Buccaneers coach Barclay Radebaugh said his team made too many mistakes to hang in at the end.

''You can't do that against a team like Furman,'' he said.

Furman, which joined the AP Top 25 last week for the first time in school history, had to wait another week - and make it through road wins at Elon and South Carolina Upstate - before it could celebrate its achievement on its home court. And it looked like the Paladins would have plenty to cheer about after they used a 17-8 run midway through the opening period to build a 26-18 lead.

But Furman went cold after that, missing seven straight shots as the Buccaneers of the Big South Conference tightened things up.

BIG PICTURE

Charleston Southern: The Buccaneers are nearing the end of a brutal opening stretch with seven of their first 11 games on the road. Those have included losses at Florida, Middle Tennessee and Marquette. Charleston Southern's run ends with games at North Florida and Clemson in the next week. Radebaugh hopes the time away from home toughens the Bucs for Big South play.

Furman: The Paladins looked edgy in their first home appearance as a ranked team. They looked ready to take charge with a 51-42 lead before helping Charleston Southern's comeback with four straight turnovers. Furman probably won't win many games where Lyons struggles as he did against the Bucs.

STREAKING PALADINS

Furman is off to its most consecutive wins since winning 11 in a row in 1979. That's back when the Paladins were one of the Palmetto State's most successful teams, going to six NCAA Tournaments between 1971 and 1980. Furman has not played in the tournament since then.

RICHEY'S START

Richey was grateful to Radebaugh, who hired Richey as a 23-year-old and gradually gave him control of the Bucs' offense. ''Without Barclay, I wouldn't be here today,'' Richey said.

UP NEXT

Charleston Southern is at North Florida on Saturday.

Furman finishes a two-game homestand by hosting UNC Wilmington on Saturday.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Charleston Southern  
19:40 +2 Deontaye Buskey made jump shot 2-0
19:39   Shooting foul on Jordan Lyons  
19:39   Deontaye Buskey missed free throw  
19:39   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
19:23 +2 Noah Gurley made driving dunk 2-2
19:01   Christian Keeling missed jump shot  
18:59   Defensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
18:44   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:42   Offensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
18:35 +3 Noah Gurley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matt Rafferty 2-5
18:10 +3 Duncan LeXander made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Christian Keeling 5-5
17:53 +2 Matt Rafferty made driving layup 5-7
17:40   Bad pass turnover on Christian Keeling  
17:28   Alex Hunter missed layup, blocked by Sadarius Bowser  
17:26   Offensive rebound by Furman  
17:23   Clay Mounce missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:21   Defensive rebound by Travis McConico  
16:58   Sadarius Bowser missed turnaround jump shot  
16:56   Defensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
16:45   Lost ball turnover on Clay Mounce, stolen by Travis McConico  
16:45 +3 Duncan LeXander made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Deontaye Buskey 8-7
16:28   Lost ball turnover on Clay Mounce  
16:10   Travis McConico missed jump shot  
16:08   Offensive rebound by Sadarius Bowser  
16:07   Shooting foul on Matt Rafferty  
16:07   Sadarius Bowser missed 1st of 2 free throws  
16:07   Sadarius Bowser missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
16:07   Sadarius Bowser missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
16:07   Defensive rebound by Tre Clark  
15:59   Jordan Lyons missed layup, blocked by Sadarius Bowser  
15:57   Defensive rebound by Christian Keeling  
15:51 +2 Christian Keeling made layup 10-7
15:30 +3 Alex Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matt Rafferty 10-10
15:22   Bad pass turnover on Sean Price  
15:03 +3 Alex Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Lyons 10-13
14:45 +2 Dontrell Shuler made fade-away jump shot 12-13
14:24   Jordan Lyons missed jump shot  
14:22   Offensive rebound by Andrew Brown  
14:13 +3 Tre Clark made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matt Rafferty 12-16
13:51   Duncan LeXander missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:49   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
13:41 +3 Andrew Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Lyons 12-19
13:27   Traveling violation turnover on Sadarius Bowser  
13:06   Andrew Brown missed hook shot  
13:04   Offensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
12:59 +2 Matt Rafferty made dunk 12-21
12:50 +3 Ty Jones made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Christian Keeling 15-21
12:24 +3 Andrew Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matt Rafferty 15-24
12:05 +3 Christian Keeling made 3-pt. jump shot 18-24
11:58   Bad pass turnover on Mike Bothwell  
11:47   Bad pass turnover on Ty Jones, stolen by Noah Gurley  
11:42 +2 Noah Gurley made layup 18-26
11:26 +2 Dontrell Shuler made driving layup 20-26
11:02   Traveling violation turnover on Noah Gurley  
10:52   Duncan LeXander missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:50   Defensive rebound by Alex Hunter  
10:45   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:43   Defensive rebound by Sadarius Bowser  
10:42   Personal foul on Jalen Slawson  
10:29 +2 Sadarius Bowser made layup, assist by Travis McConico 22-26
10:05 +2 Matt Rafferty made layup, assist by Alex Hunter 22-28
9:40 +3 Christian Keeling made 3-pt. jump shot 25-28
9:21   Noah Gurley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:19   Offensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
9:13   Matt Rafferty missed layup  
9:11   Defensive rebound by Christian Keeling  
9:07   Christian Keeling missed layup  
9:05   Defensive rebound by Noah Gurley  
9:00   Alex Hunter missed layup  
8:58   Defensive rebound by Dontrell Shuler  
8:53   Dontrell Shuler missed layup  
8:51   Offensive rebound by Christian Keeling  
8:47   Christian Keeling missed layup  
8:45   Defensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
8:46   Personal foul on Dontrell Shuler  
8:26   Personal foul on Travis McConico  
8:14   Matt Rafferty missed hook shot  
8:12   Defensive rebound by Ty Jones  
8:04   Lost ball turnover on Deontaye Buskey, stolen by Tre Clark  
7:45   Mike Bothwell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:43   Offensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
7:43   Personal foul on Ty Jones  
7:27   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Lyons, stolen by Ty Jones  
7:27 +3 Deontaye Buskey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Duncan LeXander 28-28
7:10   Mike Bothwell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:08   Offensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
6:59   Mike Bothwell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:57   Offensive rebound by Tre Clark  
6:53 +2 Tre Clark made dunk 28-30
6:26   Travis McConico missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:24   Defensive rebound by Andrew Brown  
6:04   Bad pass turnover on Matt Rafferty  
5:43   Dontrell Shuler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:41   Offensive rebound by Sean Price  
5:34   Lost ball turnover on Sean Price, stolen by Alex Hunter  
5:28 +3 Andrew Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Hunter 28-33
5:16   Bad pass turnover on Christian Keeling, stolen by Tre Clark  
5:09   Clay Mounce missed layup, blocked by Christian Keeling  
5:07   Offensive rebound by Furman  
5:08 +2 Alex Hunter made layup, assist by Clay Mounce 28-35
4:51   Sadarius Bowser missed layup, blocked by Jalen Slawson  
4:49   Defensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
4:28   Bad pass turnover on Jordan Lyons, stolen by Deontaye Buskey  
4:22   Christian Keeling missed layup  
4:20   Defensive rebound by Furman  
4:08   Clay Mounce missed reverse layup  
4:06   Defensive rebound by Sean Price  
4:01 +3 Deontaye Buskey made 3-pt. jump shot 31-35
3:48   Alex Hunter missed layup  
3:46   Defensive rebound by Christian Keeling  
3:34   Christian Keeling missed driving layup  
3:32   Defensive rebound by Alex Hunter  
3:16   Clay Mounce missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:14   Defensive rebound by Christian Keeling  
2:52   Personal foul on Clay Mounce  
2:49   Sean Price missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:47   Defensive rebound by Andrew Brown  
2:22 +2 Noah Gurley made driving dunk 31-37
1:52   Christian Keeling missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:50   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
1:40   Personal foul on Deontaye Buskey  
1:21   Jordan Lyons missed jump shot  
1:19   Offensive rebound by Andrew Brown  
1:07   Andrew Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:05   Offensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
1:01   Alex Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
59.0   Defensive rebound by Christian Keeling  
46.0 +3 Sean Price made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ty Jones 34-37
22.0   Shooting foul on Dontrell Shuler  
22.0   Jordan Lyons missed 1st of 2 free throws  
22.0   Jordan Lyons missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
22.0   Defensive rebound by Sadarius Bowser  
5.0   Christian Keeling missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3.0   Defensive rebound by Tre Clark  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:51   Noah Gurley missed hook shot  
19:49   Defensive rebound by Travis McConico  
19:37   Deontaye Buskey missed floating jump shot  
19:35   Offensive rebound by Deontaye Buskey  
19:15   Lost ball turnover on Duncan LeXander, stolen by Matt Rafferty  
19:06   Noah Gurley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:04   Defensive rebound by Christian Keeling  
18:43   Sadarius Bowser missed layup, blocked by Matt Rafferty  
18:41   Offensive rebound by Travis McConico  
18:28 +2 Sadarius Bowser made layup, assist by Christian Keeling 36-37
18:04   Shooting foul on Duncan LeXander  
18:04 +1 Noah Gurley made 1st of 2 free throws 36-38
18:04 +1 Noah Gurley made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-39
17:52   Shooting foul on Clay Mounce  
17:52 +1 Deontaye Buskey made 1st of 2 free throws 37-39
17:52 +1 Deontaye Buskey made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-39
17:34   Bad pass turnover on Matt Rafferty  
17:14   Bad pass turnover on Deontaye Buskey, stolen by Matt Rafferty  
17:01   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:59   Offensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
16:53 +2 Clay Mounce made dunk 38-41
16:53   Shooting foul on Sadarius Bowser  
16:55 +1 Clay Mounce made free throw 38-42
16:34   Duncan LeXander missed jump shot  
16:32   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
16:25   Bad pass turnover on Matt Rafferty, stolen by Ty Jones  
16:21   Personal foul on Jordan Lyons  
16:13   Duncan LeXander missed floating jump shot  
16:11   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
15:57   Shooting foul on Duncan LeXander  
15:57 +1 Matt Rafferty made 1st of 2 free throws 38-43
15:57   Matt Rafferty missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
15:57   Defensive rebound by Christian Keeling  
15:49 +2 Christian Keeling made jump shot 40-43
15:26 +3 Alex Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Lyons 40-46
15:04   Christian Keeling missed layup, blocked by Tre Clark  
15:02   Offensive rebound by Charleston Southern  
14:57   Traveling violation turnover on Christian Keeling  
14:45 +3 Andrew Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex Hunter 40-49
14:22   Timmy Sellers missed jump shot, blocked by Matt Rafferty  
14:20   Offensive rebound by Sean Price  
14:20   Jumpball received by Charleston Southern  
14:11   Deontaye Buskey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:03   Offensive rebound by Timmy Sellers  
14:03 +2 Timmy Sellers made dunk 42-49
13:55   Lost ball turnover on Andrew Brown, stolen by Duncan LeXander  
13:42   Duncan LeXander missed layup  
13:40   Offensive rebound by Timmy Sellers  
13:30   Deontaye Buskey missed jump shot, blocked by Andrew Brown  
13:28   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
13:23 +2 Andrew Brown made layup, assist by Matt Rafferty 42-51
13:21 +2 Sean Price made layup 44-51
13:21   Shooting foul on Tre Clark  
13:21 +1 Sean Price made free throw 45-51
13:06   Offensive foul on Jalen Slawson  
13:06   Turnover on Jalen Slawson  
12:46   Deontaye Buskey missed layup  
12:44   Defensive rebound by Jalen Slawson  
12:49   Personal foul on Deontaye Buskey  
12:49   Bad pass turnover on Andrew Brown  
12:46 +3 Duncan LeXander made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Christian Keeling 48-51
12:31   Personal foul on Duncan LeXander  
12:22 +2 Matt Rafferty made hook shot 48-53
12:06   Lost ball turnover on Sean Price  
11:57   Lost ball turnover on Noah Gurley, stolen by Sean Price  
11:56   Personal foul on Noah Gurley  
11:53 +2 Dontrell Shuler made driving layup 50-53
11:26   Offensive foul on Matt Rafferty  
11:26   Turnover on Matt Rafferty  
11:10   Dontrell Shuler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:08   Offensive rebound by Charleston Southern  
10:55   Christian Keeling missed layup, blocked by Matt Rafferty  
10:53   Defensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
10:45   Jumpball received by Furman  
10:32   Shooting foul on Duncan LeXander  
10:32 +1 Matt Rafferty made 1st of 2 free throws 50-54
10:32   Matt Rafferty missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:32   Defensive rebound by Christian Keeling  
10:22   Lost ball turnover on Christian Keeling, stolen by Tre Clark  
10:17   Tre Clark missed layup, blocked by Christian Keeling  
10:15   Offensive rebound by Jordan Lyons  
10:01   Offensive foul on Tre Clark  
10:01   Turnover on Tre Clark  
9:49 +2 Dontrell Shuler made floating jump shot 52-54
9:19   Shooting foul on Travis McConico  
9:19 +1 Andrew Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 52-55
9:19 +1 Andrew Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-56
9:05   Bad pass turnover on Dontrell Shuler, stolen by Tre Clark  
8:59   Personal foul on Sean Price  
8:59 +1 Tre Clark made 1st of 2 free throws 52-57
8:59   Tre Clark missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:59   Defensive rebound by Sadarius Bowser  
8:49   Bad pass turnover on Christian Keeling, stolen by Jordan Lyons  
8:42   Jordan Lyons missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:40   Defensive rebound by Sean Price  
8:32   Christian Keeling missed jump shot  
8:30   Defensive rebound by Andrew Brown  
8:17 +3 Tre Clark made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matt Rafferty 52-60
8:03 +2 Sadarius Bowser made dunk, assist by Travis McConico 54-60
7:39 +2 Matt Rafferty made driving layup 54-62
7:18   Bad pass turnover on Travis McConico  
7:09 +3 Alex Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Clay Mounce 54-65
6:48   Travis McConico missed jump shot  
6:46   Defensive rebound by Matt Rafferty  
6:32   Lost ball turnover on Tre Clark, stolen by Sean Price  
6:21 +2 Ty Jones made layup, assist by Deontaye Buskey 56-65
5:54 +3 Noah Gurley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Clay Mounce 56-68
5:33   Dontrell Shuler missed floating jump shot  
5:31   Defensive rebound by Clay Mounce  
5:18   Tre Clark missed layup  
5:16   Defensive rebound by Travis McConico  
5:11 +3 Deontaye Buskey made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Travis McConico 59-68
4:45 +2 Alex Hunter made jump shot 59-70
4:25   Lost ball turnover on Ty Jones, stolen by Matt Rafferty  
4:07   Noah Gurley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:05   Defensive rebound by Duncan LeXander  
4:03   Personal foul on Clay Mounce  
4:03 +1 Duncan LeXander made 1st of 2 free throws 60-70
4:03 +1 Duncan LeXander made 2nd of 2 free throws 61-70
3:35 +2 Tre Clark made driving layup 61-72
3:20   Deontaye Buskey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:18   Offensive rebound by Ty Jones  
3:16   Personal foul on Tre Clark