December 15, 2020
Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Alabama took advantage of 21 offensive rebounds to score 24 second chance points as the Crimson Tide rallied to claim an 83-80 victory over Furman in non-conference men’s basketball action on Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum.
Head Coach Bob Richey’s Postgame Interview
Trailing 70-61 with under 8:30 to go following a four-point play by Furman’s Clay Mounce, Alabama (4-2) held the Paladins to just two field goals the rest of the way to rally for the win. A 12-4 run allowed Alabama to trim the margin to one point on Jordan Bruner’s basket with 3:42 remaining. Following a pair of Mike Bothwell free throws, John Petty Jr. scored on a drive to the basket and converted 1-of-2 free throws on the Crimson Tide’s next possession to knot the game at 76-76 with 1:54 left.
James Rojas drained a three to give Alabama the lead and Herbert Jones capped an 8-0 spurt with a layup as the Crimson Tide pushed ahead 81-76 with under a minute to play. Bothwell, who paced the Paladins with 23 points, connected on a pair of free throws on Furman’s next possession, but Jaden Shackelford got behind Furman’s full court pressure for a layup to seal the decision.
Jones scored 18 points and powered Alabama’s 49-28 rebounding advantage with 12 boards. Shackelford added 13 points, Rojas tallied 11 and Juwan Gary rounded out the Crimson Tide’s double figure scorers with 10 points. Alabama shot 45% from the field, connected on 10-of-31 three-point attempts and posted a 24-3 advantage on second chance points.
Bothwell connected on 5-of-11 shots behind the arc to score a game-high 23 points and added six rebounds for the Paladins. Mounce tallied 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting before fouling out with eight minutes left, while Noah Gurley added 15 points.
The Paladins, who shot 62.1% in the first half to build a 32-16 lead, finished at 47.5% for the game. Head coach Bob Richey’s squad made 13-of-36 three-point attempts and went 11-for-13 at the foul line on the night.
Furman travels continues its road trip on Saturday when it travels to Rock Hill, S.C., to face Big South Conference favorite Winthrop at 4 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN+ and fans can listen to the “Voice of the Paladins”, Dan Scott, on ESPN Upstate at 97.7 FM/1330 AM in Greenville, 97.1 FM/ 950 AM in Spartanburg, and thru the Radio.com app. Links for the video live stream and ESPN Upstate broadcast will be posted at FurmanPaladins.com.
Furman’s “Weekends at the Well” Series Returns In 2021
Furman basketball returns to downtown Greenville once again during the 2020-21 season with four “Weekends at the Well”! The Paladins host SoCon rival ETSU at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on January 16 before entertaining the Chattanooga Mocs at the Well on January 30. On February 6, Wofford and Furman will stage a rematch of last season’s thrilling showdown at the Well. The final trip to BSW in 2021 takes place on February 13 versus Western Carolina. Get your tickets now for all four “Weekends at the Well”!
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