Fur­man stuns Ram­blers

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Matt Raf­ferty scored 14 of his 18 points in the sec­ond half and fed Clay Mounce for the go-ahead dunk off a back­door cut with 1.6 sec­onds left to help Fur­man beat Loy­ola 60-58 on Fri­day night at Gen­tile Arena.

Raf­ferty made a layup and then con­verted a three-point play to give the Pal­adins (2-0) their first lead of the sec­ond half at 56-54 with 55 sec­onds left. Mar­ques Townes and Raf­ferty traded two free throws be­fore Clay­ton Custer’s layup with 23 sec­onds left tied the score at 58. Custer’s half-court heave as time ex­pired bounced off the front of the rim.

Custer led the Ram­blers (1-1) with 19 points, Lu­cas Wil­liamson had 12 points and 11 re­bounds and Townes scored 10 points.

The Ram­blers had their 16-game non­con­fer­ence home win­ning streak snapped.

Rad­ford 88, UIC 78

Tarkus Fer­gu­son scored 22 points and Mar­cus Ottey 18 in a los­ing ef­fort for the Flames (0-2) in a Gotham Clas­sic tour­na­ment game. Car­lik Jones had 24 points and 10 as­sists for the host High­landers (2-0).

Ken­tucky 71, South­ern Illi­nois 59

Kel­don John­son and Im­manuel Quick­ley each scored 15 points and Nick Richards grabbed a ca­reer-high 19 re­bounds to lead the No. 2 Wild­cats (1-1), who owned a 48-19 re­bound­ing edge. Aaron Cook had 18 points and Kavion Pip­pen 16 for the Salukis, who opened against their first ranked team since No. 13 Illi­nois in 2010.

Iowa State 76, Mis­souri 59

Mar­ial Shayok scored 20 points and Talen Hor­ton-Tucker 12 for the host Cy­clones (2-0). Illini trans­fer Mark Smith scored 15 for Mis­souri (1-1), which had 25 turnovers. Iowa State sopho­more guard Lin­dell Wig­gin­ton, a pre­sea­son All-Big 12 se­lec­tion, was on the bench with a cast on his left foot and could be out of ac­tion for a con­sid­er­able pe­riod of time.

N. Ken­tucky 88, N. Illi­nois 85 (2 OT)

Levi Bradley scored 25 points and Dante Thorpe 24 in a los­ing ef­fort for the host Huskies (1-1). Drew McDon­ald had 28 points and 14 re­bounds for the Norse (2-0).

Off the court

BYU was put on pro­ba­tion for two years and must va­cate 47 wins un­der sanc­tions im­posed by the NCAA in an im­proper-ben­e­fits case in­volv­ing guard Nick Emery.

The NCAA said the player re­ceived more than $12,000 in ben­e­fits from four boost­ers, in­clud­ing travel to con­certs and an amuse­ment park and the use of a new car. The NCAA also ac­cepted the univer­sity’s self-im­posed penal­ties of re­duc­ing one schol­ar­ship, dis­as­so­ci­a­tion of one of its boost­ers and a $5,000 fine. The univer­sity said it will ap­peal.

◆ Mi­ami for­ward De­wan Her­nan­dez is sit­ting out the start of the sea­son as the school and NCAA re­view his el­i­gi­bil­ity in the wake of a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into col­lege bas­ket­ball cor­rup­tion.


SIU guard Mar­cus Bart­ley fouls Ken­tucky for­ward Nick Richards dur­ing the sec­ond half.

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