Monday, February 19, 2007
Furman leads the College of Charleston 27-24 at the half!
Furman forward Moussa Diagne from Thies, Senegal is leading the field with 12-points for the Paladins, followed by Alex Opacic with 6 (both 3-balls). Scoring leaders for the Cougars in the first half are Jermaine Johnson with 8-points, Renardo Dickerson with 6 (both 3-balls) and Tony White Jr. with 5-points. Special guest at the game is former Cougar stand-out and NBA player for the Dallas Mavericks A.J. (see side-bar). (Photo of Moussa Diagne compliments of Furman Sports)
Dontaye Draper was benched early after receiving his second foul in the first 8-minutes. Tony White Jr. would step in to fill his shoes at the point and drop 5-points in the first-half. Furman took an early lead 11-9 against the Cougars. Philip McCandies would drop a 3-ball to shorten the Paladins' lead to one (13-12) with 9:42 on the clock. Renardo Dickerson would put the Cougs back into the game with back to back treys, the first tying the game at 15; the second 3-ball would give the Cougars a 3-point lead (18-15) with 6:06 left on the clock. Jermaine Johnson would score his 8th point of the game giving the Cougs a 5-point lead.
Furman moved to a pick and roll offense but couldn't connect on their end of the basket. Jermaine had an excellent position underneath the basket and put away a couple of lay-ups during the Cougars' 13-2 run, 22-17. Furman's shooter Alex Opacic would hit back to back three-pointers, shortening the Cougars lead to 1 with 2:40 remaining.
Moussa Diagne would give the Paladins a 25-24 lead after the "official-timeout" with a field goal and follow up with an uncontested dunk to give Furman a 27-24 lead with 1:15 left on the clock. Neither team would score in the remaining moments of the game.