The Citadel sliced an 18-point second half Furman lead to three points with under two minutes remaining, but could not complete the comeback in a 76-71 loss to the Paladins at McAlister Field House on Saturday evening.
After falling behind 58-40 on a jumper by Kendrec Ferrera with 11:53 on the clock, The Citadel put together a 25-10 run over the next 10:10 of the contest to move within 68-65.
A pair of P.J. Horgan layups ignited a Bulldogs offense that trimmed the margin 59-46 to start the rally.
Furman secured the win by hitting 8-of-10 at the free throw line down the stretch including a pair of conversions by William Gates in the final second.
Ferrera notched his first double-double of the season behind a game-high 27 points. He knocked down 12-of-17 from the field, including his seventh 3-pointer, and was 2-of-6 at the charity stripe. The sophomore center climbed the glass for 10 rebounds, snagging five on the offensive end.
Charlie Reddick (16 points) and Stephen Croone (12) also reached double figures in scoring for the Paladins. Furman finished 27-of-57 (47.4%) from the floor and managed 10-of-20 (50%) from beyond the arc.
Moore led The Citadel offense with 25 points, hitting 7-of-12 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. The junior guard has scored 20 points in three of the Bulldogs first five SoCon games dating back to a 21-point outing against Chattanooga to open the month of January.
Van Scyoc, who finished with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, and Brian White (10 points) also reached double figures for the Bulldogs. The Citadel rebounded from a tough shooting first half (11-35, 31.4%) to close the game hitting 28-of-61 (45.9%) from the field.
Behind a team-high 10 rebounds by Horgan, The Citadel edge Furman 37-33 on the boards. Joining Horgan with a solid night on the glass was White (nine) andQuinton Marshall (six).
The Paladins established a 21-9 lead by knocking down four 3-pointers in the first 8:26 of the game.
Warren Sledge knifed through the lane to put the Cadets into double digits, but it was a series of 3-pointers by Larry Wideman that helped stretch Paladins lead to 29-13 with 8:39 remaining.
A pair of treys by Moore gave The Citadel offense life as it trimmed the deficit to eight, but Furman closed out the half on an 8-2 run, highlighted by a Charlie Reddick 3-pointer to lead 39-25 at the intermission.
The 14-point lead was due in large part to the Paladins capitalizing on 15-of-25 (60%) shooting from the field and 7-of-11 (63.6%) from beyond the arc.
The Citadel continues its homestand as it faces Appalachian State and Western Carolina next weekend. The Bulldogs square off with Mountaineers on Thursday evening at 7:05 before meeting with the Catamounts two nights later, also at 7:05 p.m.
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