- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Kris Acox scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Furman built a substantial second half lead before cruising to a 75-62 win over East Tennessee State on Thursday night.

Acox finished an efficient 9 of 10 from the field. John Davis III finished with 14 points for the Paladins (11-8, 4-2 Southern Conference), who moved into a three-way tie for second place in the conference standings. Furman, East Tennessee State, and Samford all sit at 4-2.

T.J. Cromer scored 20 points for the Buccaneers (14-5, 4-2). East Tennessee State struggled much of the night offensively, hitting just 37.9 percent of their shots and 14.3 percent of their 3s.

Furman opened the second half on an 11-1 run to open a 43-23 lead. A Davis 3-pointer with 10:35 left made it 61-34, the largest lead of the night for the Paladins. The Buccaneers rallied late, but their deficit was too large.

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