Furman only adds to Villanova misery
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.