Fur­man only adds to Vil­lanova mis­ery

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

Jor­dan Lyons scored 17 points, Matt Raf­ferty and Clay Mounce each had 15, and Fur­man stunned de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Vil­lanova 76-68 in over­time Sat­ur­day.

Noah Gur­ley and Alex Hunter added 13 points apiece for the surg­ing Pal­adins, who have started 5-0 for the first time in 30 years.

Phil Booth scored 20 points and Colin Gille­spie had 19 for the No. 8 Wild­cats, who were com­ing off a 27-point loss to Michi­gan in a re­match of April’s na­tional cham­pi­onship game. It marked the first time Vil­lanova lost back-to-back home games since De­cem­ber of 2013.

“We’re just tiny old Fur­man,” coach Bob Richey said. “Most peo­ple ask us what state we’re in, what city we’re in. Now all of a sud­den peo­ple are start­ing to fig­ure out who Fur­man is.”

Michi­gan coach John Beilein was con­cerned his Wolverines might suf­fer a let­down against Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton af­ter a blowout vic­tory over No. 8 Vil­lanova on the road.

There was still a tinge of worry dur­ing the first half of Sat­ur­day’s semi­fi­nal of the Air Force Re­serve TipOff tour­na­ment in Uncasville, Conn., when the Colo­nials (0-4) cut an 18point Wolverines lead to six.

But No. 18 Michi­gan (4-0), which led by nine points at half­time, went on a 13-2 run to open the sec­ond half and fin­ished with an easy 84-61 vic­tory.

“A lot of the mes­sage af­ter the Vil­lanova game was han­dling suc­cess,” Beilein said.

Charles Matthews led the Wolverines with 25 points and Jor­dan Poole made five of his eight 3point shots to add a ca­reer­high 22.

Sam Hauser scored 19 points and Joseph Char­touny added 16 off the bench as No. 24 Mar­quette (3-1) over­came a slug­gish start to pull away for a 74-55 vic­tory over stub­born Pres­by­te­rian.

Char­touny, who led the na­tion in steals per game last sea­son at Ford­ham, hit 6 of 7 shots, in­clud­ing 3 of 4 from be­yond the arc, and added five as­sists.

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