Greenville, SC – Southern Wesleyan took on the Furman Paladins in exhibition play on Wednesday evening. The Paladins, coming off victorys over final four teams Loyola of Chicago and Villanova, defeated the Warriors in a 75-57 final.
The Warriors shot 40.4% from the field and 39.3% from the three point line. Lamont Smith led the team with 17 points. He was followed by Jalen Lowery with 12 points. The Warriors recorded 25 rebounds with Christian McLean leading the team with six. NaJarius Green led the team with four assists. Green was followed by McLean and Diego Poore with three. Southern Wesleyan had 12 steals with Lamont Smith with five.
Final: Furman 75, Southern Wesleyan 57
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-5) Furman (6-0)
How It Happened
Furman broke out early as Matt Rafferty made a jump shot, the Warriors countered to come to 2-4 behind the Paladins and Diego Poore passed the ball to Christian McLean to put the ball in the basket. Southern Wesleyan challenged Furman back as Isaac Ford made a three point shot to put the Warriors down 7-8. The Paladins continued to pressure the Warriors down the court as Matt Rafferty put up a layup in the paint to give Furman a 10-7 point advantage. A three point shot by freshman Lamont Smith kept the Warriors within two points, but the Paladins countered to increase their lead to 15-10 on a three point shot by Mike Bothwell. Furman took a 10 point advantage on a fast break shot by Matt Rafferty, however a three point shot by Diego Poore allowed the Warriors to cut the Paladin leads to 16-23. Back-to-back baskets by NaJarius Green and Isaac Ford allowed the Warriors to come within one and put the score at 22-23. The Warriors continued to pressure the Paladins as Lamont Smith made a basket to tie the game 25-25, and then a second three point shot by Smith put Southern Wesleyan on top 28-27. Furman regained the lead to lead 42-32 at the half.
The Paladins scored first in the second half, but the Warriors countered seconds later as Christian McLean made a jump shot to put the Warriors down 34-45. Back-to-back baskets by Clay Mounce allowed Furman to take a 50-34 point advantage. Southern Wesleyan would not be discouraged as Jalen Lowery sunk a jump shot to put the Warriors down 36-50. Lamont Smith made a three point shot to make the score 39-52. Despite the Paladins gaining momentum, Southern Wesleyan continued to hold their own as Lamont Smith made another three point shot to make the score 49-66. The Paladins continued to push ahead as they took a 22-point lead on a layup by Noah Gurley. Despite a jump shot by Christian McLean and a three point shot by Diego Poore, Southern Wesleyan fell in a 74-57 final.
Southern Wesleyan will resume regular season play after the Thanksgiving holiday on November 27 as they host the Mars Hill Lions. The Warriors will then travel Tigerville, SC as they open up Conference Carolinas action against the North Greenville Crusaders.